- Last Updated on 03:25 PM 06/10/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Thursday, George Allen brought his statewide “Send a Message” tour to Southside Virginia to encourage Virginians to vote in the Republican Primary Tuesday to send a message to Washington.
Allen is favored to win the nomination pitting him against another former Virginia governor, Democrat Tim Kaine, in this fall’s election.
Senator Frank Ruff and Delegate Tommy Wright joined Allen on the campaign trail to voice their support and help rally Virginians to the polls.
Thursday evening Allen attended a GOP gathering at the home of Larry and Brenda McPeters in Scottsburg. He urged supporters to encourage voters to go to the polls on Tuesday saying he is taking nothing for granted.
Earlier in the day, Allen’s Southside tour began in Blackstone with a “Send a Message” lunch event at Mitchell’s Restaurant. Delegate Wright, Blackstone Mayor Billy Coleburn and Clarence Simpson of Nottoway Board of Supervisors joined local residents to welcome Allen to Blackstone and support Allen’s call to get out the vote on June 12.
Gus and Diana Mitchell, the owners of Mitchell’s Restaurant, told Allen that high fuel prices are the greatest burden for their business, raising the cost of everything from packaging to food prices. Before hitting the road again, Allen stopped by Bevelle’s Hardware to hear firsthand from a small business owner how his business is facing these challenging economic times.
“Hearing small business owners’ life stories of hard work, determination and positive vision remind us all that the future of the American Dream is what this election is about,” said Delegate Tommy Wright. “George Allen wants to get government overreach out of our lives and businesses so that we are free to succeed with our own hard work. This election is too important to skip, so I’m encouraging all Southside Virginians to support George Allen on June 12 and send Washington a message.”
Following the Blackstone visits, George Allen’s Southside “Send a Message” tour came to Kenbridge where George Allen, Senator Ruff, Delegate Wright and Kenbridge Mayor Dickie Harris met with local residents at Mildred’s Meals, a landmark in Lunenburg County that is famous for Ms. Mildred’s Brown Sugar Pie.
“I know our area of Virginia has plenty to say about Washington meddling in our lives and businesses these days,” said Ruff. “June 12 is our first opportunity to tell Washington what we think by supporting George Allen. I’m proud to support George Allen because we need his record of creating jobs, reducing government and working with both parties to get things done.”
“It’s invigorating to meet with the hard-working, caring people of Southside Virginia,” Allen said. “Southside families and small business owners are looking for freedom and opportunity – not more government burdens in their lives. I’m ready to bring Virginians’ voices and values to Washington with a positive, proven plan to create jobs, rein in an over-regulating government, and unleash our plentiful energy resources for more affordable fuel, food and electricity. I’m asking Virginians to help me send a message to Washington on June 12 that we want the freedom to control our own destinies.”
Senator Ruff and Delegate Wright concluded their campaign events with George Allen with a visit to Marino’s Pizza in Victoria.
Last week, George and Susan Allen launched “Send a Message” tours for the two-weeks leading up to the June 12 Republican Primary, calling on Virginians to send Kaine, President Obama and their Washington allies a warning message by voting for Allen.
On Tuesday, Virginians will head to the polls to cast their votes in the Republican Primary choosing a GOP U. S. Senatorial candidate to face off against Kaine on Nov. 6 in what is considered to be one of the most competitive elections in the country.
In addition to Allen, other candidates on the Tuesday GOP Senate Primary ballot include Virginia Delegate R. G. “Bob” Marshall, Bishop E. W. Jackson and Tea Party activist Jamie Radtke.
Halifax County Republican Party Chairman Pat Barksdale encourages voters to go to the polls Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and cast a vote for the GOP candidate of their choice.