Jim Webb hasn’t announced his candidacy for another Senate term yet, but the man he beat in 2006 has. Former Senator George Allen formally announced yesterday that he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat he lost to Jim Webb in 2006.
To read about Allen’s announcement and the Democratic response click here: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/24/democrats-criticize-allen-in-advance-of-announcement/
To read DPVA Chairman Brian Moran’s statement on Allen’s announcement click here: http://www.vademocrats.org/news/press/moran-statement-allen%E2%80%99s-bid-gop-senate-nomination
Jim Webb’s Record in the Senate
Jim Webb has a proven record as a leader in the Marines, the Pentagon and the Senate. In his first term he has built an impressive record of accomplishment with
* The passage of his Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides our newest generation of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans the same educational benefits that our veterans received after World War II. The bill offers new economic opportunities to hundreds of thousands of Americans and helps to strengthen the U.S. economy
* The passage of his Wartime Contracting Commission to root out waste, fraud, and abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan wartime-support contract and potentially save taxpayers billions of dollars
* The introduction (and House passage) of his National Criminal Justice Commission Act through which he is leading the charge in Congress to comprehensively examine and restructure America’s criminal justice system.
* The passage of his TRICARE Affirmation Act to protect military health programs for service members, veterans, and their families.
By the fall of 2008, Washingtonian Magazine had named Senator Webb as the “Rising Star” in its “Best & Worst of Congress” edition, and Politico newspaper named him “Rookie of the Year.” By late 2008, Esquire Magazine counted Senator Webb among the world’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” for doing “more to repair his party’s relationship with the military” than anyone since the Vietnam War, and in October 2009, The Atlantic Magazine spotlighted Senator Webb as one of the world’s “Brave Thinkers” for tackling prison reform as a freshman senator and possessing “two things vanishingly rare in Congress: a conscience and a spine.”