Former senator George Allen is attempting a comeback six years after the Republican narrowly lost his seat to Democrat Jim Webb, following comments critics said were racist and that became viral on YouTube.
Allen announced he would run for his former seat in 2012 in an email to his supporters and on his website.
"Friends, it's time for an American comeback," Allen said in a video published on his website just before noon on Monday.
"Today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate. You know me as someone willing to fight for the people of Virginia and I would like the responsibility to fight for you again."
His video promises to run on a campaign based on what he called "foundational" principles, including reigning in government spending and creating jobs.
Counting on the short memory and lack of critical thinking skills ("Line item veto"? Really? Hasn't that been decided already?) is a hallmark of the American electoral system, but I really hope that Allen is being overly optimistic about the voters' ability to forget this confederate flag-lovin' macaca mouth. And it's not a straight up Dem/Rep race as tea party candidate Jamie Radtke has also indicated she's running for the Republican nod and she's not pulling any punches.