Politifact Virginia: Stewart flips on Allen candidacy

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Corey Stewart is the chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and a rising star in the Republican Party. At one point, he was seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate. That is when he said this about former senator George Allen, who is running to get his old seat back.

"George Allen would be a terrible candidate for the Republican Party in 2012," Stewart said.

That was just the beginning. Stewart also called Allen "mediocre." Another time he said he was "part of the problem."

But, earlier this week, Stewart, who had long ago decided not to run for the U.S. Senate reversed course and endorsed Allen for re-election.

Here is what he said on Monday: "All in all, I'd say I'd have to retract that statement. I would have to say that he had a very good senate record."

That was a pretty easy ruling for Politifact. One day he was not impressed with senator Allen, now he is. That ranks as a full flop.

According to Warren Fiske, there is no wiggle room at all.

"He even expressed revulsion of Allen's frequent use of Thomas Jefferson as his political icon. He said it made him sick to his stomach. You can't get much more negative than that," said Fiske.

And you can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com and you can see all our past reports on Ryan's political blog, www.decisionvirginia.com.

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