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Allen won't disclose plans
George Allen signs books, doesn't reveal 2012 plans

 Former Sen. George Allen signs copies of his book 'What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports' at Splitsville in Fredericksburg.
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Date published: 11/11/2010

BY CHELYEN DAVIS

Former Sen. George Allen is still staying mum on his future plans.

Allen, who narrowly lost one of Virginia's two U.S. Senate seats to Sen. Jim Webb in 2006, is said to be considering another run at the seat in 2012.

At a book-signing event last night at Splitsville in Fredericksburg, Allen said he and wife Susan are still thinking about it, but haven't reached a decision yet.

"A lot of folks have been very encouraging of me and Susan to run," Allen said. "We're analyzing all that."

He said he will be thinking about his future through the holiday season, but didn't set a time when he may announce his plans.

Allen has been actively campaigning, however, for other candidates and issues. He co-hosted an Election Night party for conservatives in Northern Virginia last week, campaigned for several Republican congressional candidates this year and continues to operate his PAC, Good Government for America.

"I enjoy advocating ideas and solutions that make sense," Allen said.

He also is vocal about what he thinks the incoming Congress needs to do.

They must extend all the Bush tax cuts, repeal or de-fund health care reform, rein in spending and stop further stimulus funding, and stop letting the EPA regulate carbon dioxide.

That's what the voters want, he said, and lawmakers should have learned from the recent election results that they dismiss voters at their peril.

Republicans especially, Allen said, should realize that their sweeping victory in the midterms was not necessarily because voters wanted Republican leadership: It was in part a rejection of Democratic policies.

If Republicans keep their promises, he said, "people will say, 'Good, they've learned their lesson,'" and the 2012 elections may look more like 2010 than 2008.

If not, he said, "folks are going to really be upset, and for good reason."

Allen's prescription for how government should work is outlined, he said, in the new book he was signing at the event. Titled "What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports," Allen said it takes lessons from team sports and applies them to Washington-- namely, the importance of meritocracy, accountability, personal responsibility and sportsmanship.

Partisanship and differences of opinion shouldn't interfere with politicians' ability to work together, Allen said.

"We are Team America," he said. "Our real opponents are not our fellow Americans. Our real opponents are other countries."

America needs lower taxes, less regulatory burdens and better education to help it compete with other countries, he said.

The book-signing was part of the RE/MAX BRAVO Speaker Series, and some of the proceeds from the event went to the George Washington Foundation.

Jane Wallace, who co-owns RE/MAX BRAVO, said the event drew about 75 people, a good turnout for the speaker series.

Chelyen Davis: 540/368-5028
Email: cdavis@freelancestar.com