VA Sen: Dem Challenger Fights Back after Allen Attempts Swiftboat Tactics

The campaign staff of Sen. George Allen of Virginia attempted to swiftboat the senator’s Democratic opponent Jim Webb this week over the issue of flag burning. In stark contrast with the reaction by Sen. John Kerry to a similarly sleazy attack in the 2004 presidential campaign, Webb’s staff has attacked back:

The frission started when Allen mgr Dick Wadhams, in a statement on Webb’s oppositon to a flag burning amendment, said this: “Now that we know that James H. Webb, Jr. is following Kerry, Kennedy and Schumer in opposing the Flag Protection Amendment, maybe he will finally take a position on other ‘real issues’ such as immediate withdrawal from Iraq and immigration,” Wadhams said. “His positions change daily.”

Webb, a former Republican, is a much decorated former Marine and was the Sec. of the Navy during the Reagan Administration. His adviser Steve Jarding responded:

George Felix Allen Jr. and his bush-league lapdog, Dick Wadhams, have not earned the right to challenge Jim Webb’s position on free speech and flag burning. Jim Webb served and fought for our flag and what it stands for, while George Felix Allen Jr. chose to cut and run. When he and his disrespectful campaign puppets attack Jim Webb they are attacking every man and woman who served. Their comments are nothing more than weak-kneed attacks by cowards. George Felix Allen Jr. needs to apologize to Jim Webb and to all men and women who have served our nation.

Note to Dems: More of this!


  • chuck stevens
    June 28, 2006 - 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Who Ra!, as Al Pacino would say! All Democratic should stick it right back at these pathetic little weasely, Republicans like George Allen when their patriotism is questioned!

    By the way: Is it just me or does George Allen bear a striking resemblance to George “Goober” Lynsey of the Andy Griffith Show and HEE HAW!


  • John Bakalik
    June 28, 2006 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    What I saw of the swift boaters during the 2004 election, this WW2 combat Navy veteran was disgusted that one so called vet can smear another, with money to get air time. We have to elect this person Jim Webb to put some sanity in our government and stop the killing.

  • June 28, 2006 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

    George Felix Allen was for cut and run before he was against it… now that he is a chickenhawk.

  • Julia.Ryan
    June 29, 2006 - 12:02 am | Permalink

    Right on. It’s about time that
    Democrats fight back when they are
    slurred. I applaud your response and keep it up and we’ll win

  • blackjack
    June 29, 2006 - 1:19 am | Permalink

    Finally some one with the (Balls to stand up on there feet and fight back) I just hope more Dems would learn to get off there Knees and swing back.

  • bob johnson
    June 29, 2006 - 2:04 am | Permalink

    i have been saying this for the last 4 years,none in the bush administration has the right to be critical of anyone who has served,these people know nothing about war or the military,would love to see jim webb senator.peace,cpousnret.

  • nazihater
    June 29, 2006 - 4:57 am | Permalink

    DEMS take note: You will not be criticized if you respond back to those lying, right-wing chickenshit neo-nazis! YOU FRAME THE DEBATE. NOT THEM! THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE TREASONOUS AND UNPATRIOTIC!

  • Willrayu
    June 29, 2006 - 5:18 am | Permalink

    What a relief it is to see a Democratic candidates fight back as Jim Webb has done. All Democratic candidates should take a lesson from Jim Webb and learn that the best way to answer the lies and cowardly attacks of Republicans is to “bitch slap” them each and every time they try those tactics. If Kerry had done something similar instead of standing mute because he was afraid he’d offend someone, he would have won in a landslide.

  • bob the nihilist
    June 29, 2006 - 6:05 am | Permalink

    I’m not so sure I like all his politics (see the Paul Hackett NASCAR Kennedy file) But I’m pretty sure I like his style.


  • Floyd Lail
    June 29, 2006 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    I agree no one in the Bush Adminstration has the right to say anything about those who served in the military. I wopuld love to see Jim Webb in the congress.

  • Floyd Lail
    June 29, 2006 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    That is I would love to see him in Congress.

  • John Schuette
    June 29, 2006 - 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Jim is Awsome He is going to make one hell of a senetor. go Webb

  • June 29, 2006 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    As a person who worked her butt off to help Jim Webb win the Virginia primary (with a sweet 70 percent tally in the precinct), let me add another portion of Steve Jarding’s great quote.

    “While Jim Webb and others of George Felix Allen Jr.’s generation were fighting for our freedoms and for our symbols of freedom in Vietnam, George Felix Allen Jr. was playing cowboy at a dude ranch in Nevada. People who live in glass dude ranches should not question the patriotism of real soldiers who fought and bled for this country on a real battlefield,” Jarding said.

    The Washington Post duly reported the quote as well; and then in a bit of context noted how Allen had worked at a ranch while in college.

    And yep, that would be during the same period Jim Webb was in the Marines fighting in Vietnam and earning his chest of medals so Goober Allen could ride around town in his Confederate flag draped car.

  • Jim Garrett
    July 9, 2006 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    I totally agree with James Webb’s views on the Iraqi situation. I have often wondered what age person he is. It is said he served in Viet Nam. Could you tell me when and also in which year he was born? Thanks J G

  • B Drumm
    September 3, 2006 - 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Senator George Felix Allen is not a Jr. as he has a different midle name from his very nice father. Son is not nice like his father!

  • chancuff
    September 30, 2006 - 3:25 am | Permalink


    CONTACT: Cliff Hancuff
    September 29, 2006

    “American troops could be home now, except for critical mistakes by our current Commander in Chief,” charges Cliff Hancuff, Director of The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too.

    “Media and right-wing bloggers are ignoring this fact. For weeks I have been challenging political activists and journalists to act with a minimum of ethical standards,” continued Hancuff.

    “I became involved when the Sun-Sentinel in Florida reported that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) said the U.S. poses the top threat to world peace. I watched in dismay as the media and bloggers worldwide reported on this misquote.”

    “My involvement continued when I discovered Diana Irey, John Murtha’s political opponent, had attacked Murtha using a fictional quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln.”

    “Larry Bailey of is continuing his three year blind support of our current Commander in Chief’s incompetence in war. President Bush declared war in Iraq without the 4th Infantry, our most lethal, modern, and deployable heavy division in the world,” added Hancuff.

    This mistake lead to the atrocity of Al Qaqaa. Iraqi insurgents stole hundreds of tons of high explosives to be used as weaponry.

    “These are the explosives being used by Iraqi insurgents and al Qaeda to perpetuate the war in Iraq.”

    “I am distressed that the same issues ignored by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 are being ignored again in 2006,” said Hancuff adding, “Americans, American soldiers and their families deserve better.”

    “Without these critical mistakes made by our current Commander in Chief, our American troops would be home with their loved ones, with honor, right now.”

    On October 1, 2006 Hancuff be at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena located in Johnstown Pennsylvania for Larry Bailey’s Swiftboating of John Murtha rally. It is there Hancuff will continue his wait for Mr. Bailey to recall the values of honor and integrity taught him by our US Navy.

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