July 2, 2011
The Crozet Parade is not only a local tradition, but also a political hotspot for politicians and political candidates.
Former governors, Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen, took the chance to campaign along the campaign route. Both are considered to be front runners in next year's Senate race in Virginia.
Kaine stopped to say hello to voters along the parade, a longtime Crozet tradition. Allen, on the other hand, decided to ride the parade on horseback.
It's a Fourth of July celebration where the kids grab all the candy they can and Crozet residents take in the sights and sounds of their community. Even still, politics were not far from the minds of many. Allen gave his views on the state of the national debt.
"The federal government's got to reduce the spending," Allen said, standing next to his horse. "It's gotta be reigned in. This horse undoubtedly behaves a whole heck of a lot better than these wasteful Washington liberals. But we need to reign in spending."
Kaine gave his ideas for dealing with the deficit saying, "We've got to make spending cuts, significant ones. Nothing sacred. We have to also find more revenues. I think we should close tax loopholes."
Many other politicians, from county supervisors, school board members and candidates for both of those offices, all took advantage of getting to know voters.
While both Kaine and Allen have been visible and are actively campaigning, the parade was one of the first events in the area where they've appeared together at the same event.