On Friday, Virginia US Senate Candidate George Allen brought a special guest – Wisconsin US Senator Ron Johnson – who also endorsed Allen at the meeting of local small businesses and entrepreneurs. The meeting was held at Bill’s Barbecue where President and daughter of the founder Rhonda Elliott recently announced that she was being forced to close 5 of their 8 locations. (And for the record, I had the minced BBQ and the onion rings as I have ordered for decades! Still great!)
Ms. Elliott cited higher costs due to higher delivery surcharges from rising oil prices as well as fewer customers as the reason for her decision to downsize.
There were several small business owners and entrepreneurs gathered at Bill’s Barbecue to discuss the challenges facing small businesses today. Of course ObamaCare and overly burdensome regulations were a major concern of everyone in general, and EPA regulations were of great concern to several attendees from the Heating and Air Conditioning field.
But the most common thread also happens to be one of the areas where George Allen has far more expertise than most. Before stepping down to run for US Senate, George Allen was with the American Energy Freedom Center, a group dedicated to solving America’s energy problems once and for all.
In this video, you will see how Allen totally grasps the connection between energy prices and jobs in this country. It was noted during the meeting that one restaurant – now out of business – noted a marked decline in the number of diners when the price of gasoline hit $3.29 or higher.
And with Obama’s EPA essentially outlawing clean coal, one of the most abundant sources of energy in America, and shutting down drilling on Federal lands, we are suffering from a complete lack of an energy policy in America.
And Senator Johnson has a message to Virginians! “Send me an ally! Send me George Allen!”