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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Allen opposes stimulus, but backs company that received stimulus

George Allen, the likely Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, recently headlined a town hall at Micron Technology, a semiconductor company with a facility in Manassas.
George Allen, former senator and governor, spoke to employees of Dynax America, an auto parts manufacturing plant near Roanoke, Oct. 5, 2011. (Stephanie Klein-Davis — The Roanoke Times)

It’s the same company that received $5 million in stimulus money. And the same company whose CEO, Steve Appleton, met with President Obama to show his support for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

But, as you may recall, Allen doesn’t support the recovery act.

The former governor and senator has criticized the stimulus while campaigning, and criticized his likely Democratic opponent, Tim Kaine, for supporting the recovery act as governor and Democratic National Committee chairman.

“More than two years — and nearly a trillion dollars — after passage of Washington’s jobless stimulus bill, the American economy is stuck in idle,’’ according to Allen’s Blueprint for America’s Comeback.

Allen spokesman Bill Riggs wouldn’t say whether the campaign knew Micron had received stimulus money, but did say Allen visited the company because he helped recruit Dominion Semiconducter — which was later acquired by Micron — to the state.

“As governor, George Allen recruited Dominion Semiconductor to Virginia — making it the first joint semiconductor manufacturing investment in the United States and the first semiconductor fabrication facility in Virginia history — by creating the right economic environment with reduced taxes, less burdensome regulations and prompt permitting,’’ Riggs said. “These pro-growth policies helped create over 300,000 net new private sector jobs, and is an example of how Virginia and America can compete with anyone in the world and succeed.”

Allen spoke to more than 100 employees a week ago about spurring job creation, innovation and technology. Micron employs more than 1,800 people in Manassas, making it the second largest employer in the city.

“With the right economic, energy and education policies that empower small businesses and entrepreneurs — not the federal government — and incentivize our young people to get interested and educated in science, engineering and technology, we can restart our economic engines and make sure Virginia and America remains the best place in the world to live, learn, invest, work and raise our families,” Allen said in a statement after the visit.

Micron asked for $100 million in stimulus money, but received $5 million, for a program to produce LED lighting technology,

“The stimulus support announced today together with the significant research and development investments Micron is making toward this project further the possibility that this effort could help Idaho grow as a leader in energy-efficient LED technology,” Micron Vice President of Process Research and Development Scott DeBoer said in the Idaho Press-Tribune when the money was announced.

Allen faces a crowded field for the GOP primary in June — Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William); Jamie Radtke, former chairwoman of the Virginia Federation of Tea Party Patriots; Hampton Roads lawyer David McCormick; and Bishop Earl Jackson.

But he increasingly campaigns as if he is running against Kaine, the almost-certain Democratic nominee in the contest to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D).

By  |  09:13 AM ET, 01/16/2012

 
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