December 6, 2011
The Jefferson Area Tea Party wants a retraction and public apology from Republican U.S. Senate hopeful George Allen for what it's calling false claims.
The JATP issued at statement Tuesday claiming Allen falsely included two of its members in a Nov. 22 statement on campaign endorsements from Tea Party activists and leaders throughout Virginia.
JATP Chairwoman Carole Thorpe says a number of people identified in the statement, including two members of her organization, did not give the endorsement Allen claims to have received.
"Because each person's name had the name its Tea Party affiliation printed beneath it, we are concerned this could be misinterpreted as our direct or de-facto endorsement of George Allen. The JATP does not endorse political candidates," she wrote.
Thorpe goes on to say that numerous efforts by the JATP to get a retraction from the former Governor of Virginia have failed.
"While the JATP name and the names of our two members have been deleted from the current online version of the release (still posted on the Allen campaign web site), this internal action by itself is unacceptable," she stated.
The JATP is asking for a statement from the Allen campaign to include a retraction of all incorrect endorsements and a public apology to our group and all others that have been adversely affected by this incident.