By LAURA VOZZELLAWashington Post 11/07/2012 (Metered Pay Wall)
George Allen stepped into the governor’s mansion in cowboy boots, with detractors calling him “Jethro.” He strode out four years later with those boots on a seemingly viable path to the White House. Considered one of the most productive, if also divisive, governors in modern Virginia history, Allen went on to the U.S. Senate, where the freshman found himself touted as a potential Republican presidential nominee. But his 2006 reelection bid was undone by a series of gaffes. And his comeback attempt on Tuesday fell short when he lost a close race to fellow former governor Timothy M. Kaine (D).