Allen and McDonnell’s kids at JMU

Brent Finnegan -- August 24th, 2006

Ok, this will be my last post about JMU freshmen (unless there’s a riot or something).

Senator George Allen’s daughter and AG Bob McDonnell’s daughter are enrolled as freshmen at JMU this semester. Lt. Gov Bill Bolling’s son is already a sophomore here.

Allen’s daughter says that she “expects that people in H’burg ‘won’t be as caught up in politics like they are in Northern Virginia,'” and she’s probably right. Voter turnout in the burg in the June 13th Democratic primary was 1.95 percent. Rockingham County also has the distinction of having the only polling place that no one came to in that primary. Yeah, she’s safe here.

The article also says that Allen’s daughter is a SMAD major, and wants to write for Spin or Alternative Press magazine. It would be interesting to see what she thinks of the local underground rock scene, if she ever ventures into Tees or the basement of Crayola for an entire 5-band metal show.

What does this mean for Harrisonburg? Technically, nothing. Nothing on the record, anyway. It has nothing to do with McDonnell’s recent appointment of a full-time gang prosecutor for the Valley. It has nothing to do with Allen speaking at Spotswood Country Club today. But it could mean Harrisonburg and/or JMU will have a slightly easier time getting state money for projects and things. But not officially, of course. It doesn’t hurt to have friends and family in high places.

At the very least, it means more frequent visits and more visibility/recognition of Harrisonburg at the state level over the next four years (assuming Allen defeats Webb this fall).

-finnegan

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