Allen's Praise for John Warner Belies Repeated Refusal to Work with Him
Richmond, VA - Today, in a questionnaire submitted to the Patch, George Allen stated the Senator he admired most in the past 40 years was Republican Senator John Warner, promising to "emulate" his service if re-elected. But that's starkly different than Allen's record in the Senate with Warner. From his opposition to Senator Warner's efforts in the Gang of 14, to his rejection of bipartisan immigration reform Warner endorsed, Allen's praise rings hollow when matched with his record.
On Building Bipartisanship
John Warner helped lead the bipartisan Gang of 14 to break gridlock in Washington on appointments while George Allen was the "leading voice for conservatives" who opposed the effort. Allen openly criticized the group's efforts saying, "I am one who believes that you don't compromise your principles; so, I thought this deal was a disappointment"
From the looks of it, Allen was too busy gearing up to run for President after his leadership of the Senate Republican's political arm that he had little time for bipartisanship.
On Immigration Reform
On comprehensive immigration reform, Senator John Warner joined leaders like John McCain, 22 other Republicans and Democrats to accomplish immigration reform but George Allen voted no. This wasn't the first time Allen opposed a Republican led effort on immigration. He also opposed an immigration bill President Reagan signed, saying it would "cause a mass invasion by persons unable to speak or read English."
On Women's Health
Senator John Warner co-sponsored a measure multiple times to improve access to contraception and Allen soundly rejected it - not surprising coming from the champion of personhood legislation that could ban some forms of FDA-approved birth control.
If this is the support George Allen gives to those he has "great respect and admiration" for, one can only imagine what he'd do when asked to cooperate with members of the other party. No matter how much Allen tries to rewrite his ideological record, he can't hide from his record of opposing bipartisan initiatives at every turn.