Salon published this letter back in September which reads, in part:
I lived in Northern Virginia and was involved in politics when he ran for governor in 1993. He ran one of the meanest statewide campaigns I can recall, full of truly vicious innuendo about his opponent, the former attorney general and the first woman to run for governor in the state, whom his supporters — naturally — derided as a lesbian, especially around the “good Christian folk” he sought to attract. Allen was followed around by a cadre of particularly repellent thuggish young supporters who earned the name of “Hitler Youth,” and who gloried in physically attacking and bloodying campaign opponents. I witnessed the aftermath of some of these attacks after one debate and a rally. Based on his facial expressions and body language, Allen thought those incidents were really cute and great fun. He was always a nasty bully at heart, and it played out in the way he governed.
Given the campaign’s assault of Mike Stark earlier this week, I think that could be an interesting historical note. I want to know if there’s anything to it. (I was 15 years old in 1993 — I don’t have any idea.) If Sen. Allen is in the habit of employing people who physically attack opponents, I think that’s noteworthy.
Does this ring a bell for anyone?