Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
Susan Allen makes campaign stops in Fredericksburg
Susan Allen, wife of Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen, made several stops in Fredericksburg and Stafford today to promote her husband’s campaign.
Allen specifically targeted small women-owned businesses, visiting The Icing Cakes in Stafford and CB Harris and Company in Fredericksburg She and Stafford County board chair Susan Stimpson also met with Susan Spears, president of the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, and planned a dinner with supporters in the evening.
In a written release, Allen said women who own businesses “understand firsthand how government regulations and high gas prices are stifling business opportunities and straining budgets.”
George Allen has made gas prices a recurring theme in his campaign, regularly blaming rising gas costs on the Obama administration and promising support for more domestic oil drilling, including drilling off Virginia’s coast.
Susan Allen has long been active in her husband’s campaigns, so much so that the campaign regularly sends out her schedule of stops. Kaine’s wife, Anne Holton, has also been an active presence in this campaign; she recently made her own round of visits to Fredericksburg businesses.
Kaine is unopposed for his party’s nomination, but Allen is one of four Republicans vying for the party’s nomination in a June primary. Those four — Allen, Jamie Radtke, Del. Bob Marshall and E.W. Jackson — will kick off three primary debates this Saturday in Roanoke. The other two debates will be Friday, May 11, in Virginia Beach, and Friday May 25 in Falls Church.