In conceding to Democrat Jim Webb, Allen said a recount would only increase the acrimony that has recently characterized the political landscape.Sen. Webb should be very interesting.
"I do not wish to cause more rancor by protracted litigation which would, in my judgment, not … alter the results," he said. "I see no good purpose being served by continuously and needlessly expending money and causing any more personal animosity."
Noting that the results were close, Allen urged supporters to stay strong. "Sometimes winds, political or otherwise, can blow the leaves off branches and even break limbs," he said. "But a deep-rooted tree will stand, stay standing. It'll regrow in the next season."
Within hours, Webb responded, saying that he and Allen plan to have lunch next week to ensure a smooth transition.
November 9, 2006
Defeat Becomes Him
George Allen was classier in defeat than in his campaign: