The 2012 Senate campaign “has its first tea party candidate,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Jamie Radtke, head of the Virginia Federation of Tea Party Patriots, has filed federal papers to run for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat now held by Virginia Democrat James Webb.
The race is expected to be a crowded one. Former Sen.George Allen, who lost to Mr. Webb in 2006, looks increasingly likely to jump into the fray, as does Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County board of supervisors. Mr. Webb hasn’t made it clear whether he will run for re-election.
In an interview, Ms. Radtke said she decided to run after watching Congress pass legislation during this month’s lame duck session, including a package of tax cuts, that added to the national debt.