Webb and Allen Criticized

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

September 14, 2006

In a surprisingly close race, Jim Webb continued to gain popularity following Sen. George Allen's racial remarks to a UVa student. However, now Webb's getting criticized himself, for an article he wrote in 1979 called "Women Can't Fight.."

"I also remember the intensity of our isolation and even at time doubting ourselves," said Jennifer Brooks USNA Graduate.

Five female U.S. Naval grads are saying it created an environment of hostility and harassment for them at the academy.

"There is no question that James Webb's attitude and philosophy were major factors in the unnecessary abuse and hazing by me and my fellow women midshipmen," said Mary Kathleen Murray USNA Graduate.

Webb's campaign issued a statement saying he is "completely comfortable" with women's roles in today's military.

"I regret that if there were ever portions of that that caused women in the academy some frustration and some pain. That was never the intention of this article," said Webb.

On the other side of the aisle, Allen is the first victim of a televised attack ad. The Political Action Committee called VoteVets.org is saying that Allen did not vote to fund lifesaving body army for troops. Allen's campaign manager calls it "deceitful and a lie."

This won't be the last campaign ad because the election is less than two months away.

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