Tea Party Leader Announces Candidacy For Virginia Senate Seat

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Tea Party leader announces candidacy for Virginia Senate seatThe new congressional session has not started yet, but the Tea Party has already set its sights on the 2012 elections.

According to FOX News, Jamie Radtke, who is the chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots, has filed to run for the Virginia Republican Senate nomination. She is vying for the seat currently held by Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.), who surprised many pundits by ousting incumbent George Allen, a Republican, in the 2006 midterm elections.

Radtke said she aims to curb uncontrolled Federal spending and reduce the swelling national deficit. Allen, who served as Virginia's governor in the 1990's, has expressed interest in running for the seat he held from 2001 to 2007. Radtke is already throwing jabs at Allen's spending history while in Congress.

"In the Senate George Allen voted for over 40,000 earmarks costing over $90 billion," Radtke said, quoted by the news provider. "But those are issues that need to be debated. And I don't think that is harmful. Debates over issues are a sign of strength — not weakness — in our party."

Moreover, some Republicans are not happy about the prospect of Allen running for the Senate again. Corey Stewart, the GOP chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and possible Senate candidate himself, told The Washington Times that Allen is the "Brett Favre of politics." He was making reference to the 41-year-old NFL quarterback who has retired on several occasions, only to later change his mind and return despite his fading skills. 

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