Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell praised former governor George Allen as one of the commonwealth’s “most influential and successful governors” as he expressed disappointment over Allen’s plans not to seek political office again.
McDonnell responded Tuesday to remarks by Allen published in The Virginian Pilot. Allen told the newspaper, “I have no intentions of running for office again,” and added he does not yet know what he will do next.
Allen (R) lost his bid for U.S. Senate last week to fellow former governor Timothy M. Kaine (D). Kaine captured 53 percent of the vote — two points better than President Barack Obama’s performance in the state against Mitt Romney — compared with 47 percent for Allen.
Once considered a GOP rising star, Allen’s political future was in question after his defeat on Nov. 6.
“We’re going to miss George Allen in Virginia politics,” McDonnell said in a statement which cited Allen’s accomplishments locally and federally as governor, delegate, congressman and senator. “Even though George Allen’s political career has ended, I sincerely hope that his contributions to the well-being of the Commonwealth and all our citizens will continue for years to come.”