Tim Donner, the wealthy businessman who once ran against former governor and senator George Allen for the GOP primary for U.S. Senate race, has endorsed him in a letter to supporters Tuesday.
“Many of us have had differences with some of his votes in his first turn in the US Senate. If that were not the case, I would not have sought the nomination myself,’’ Donner wrote in the letter first reported on the blog Bearing Drift. “But I have had the opportunity to spend some productive time talking with Mr. Allen in the last few weeks, and am convinced, as apparently are most Virginia Republicans, that he shares our commitment to reducing the size, scope and control of government.”
Donner dropped out of the race, leaving Allen to face former Virginia Tea Party Patriots head Jamie Radtke, Del. Robert G. Marshall (Prince William) and Bishop E.W. Jackson.
“Tim will be a most welcomed key, respected leader carrying our positive message of envisioning a better future for families and job creating small business owners,’’ Allen said in a statement. “Tim and I share the same serious concerns that America’s freedoms and opportunities are at risk because of an over-spending, over-regulating federal government. We both want to see the repeal of Obamacare, while advancing personal health care options rather than government-rationed care.”
The winner of the June 12 contest will face former governor Timothy M. Kaine (D) in November to determine who succeeds retiring Sen. James Webb (D).