Anti-Tobacco Activist Launches Allen Ni---- Smear

Via Salon, Michael Scherer hits Republican Senator George Allen with the "nigger" smear,
even though the vast majority of fellow teammates from Allen's college
football days do not support the claim. But it appears there could be
more to the story of the lone identified accuser, Dr. Ken Shelton.

Over
the past week, Salon has interviewed 19 former teammates and college
friends of Allen from the University of Virginia. In addition to the
three who said Allen used the word "nigger," two others who were
contacted said they remember being bothered by Allen's displaying the
Confederate flag in college, but said they do not remember him acting
in an overtly racist manner. Seven others said they did not know Allen
well outside the football team, but do not remember Allen demonstrating
any racist feelings. A separate seven teammates and friends said they
knew Allen well and did not believe he held racist views. "I don't
believe he was insensitive," said Paul Ryczek, who played center in
Allen's year before joining the Atlanta Falcons. "He had no prejudices,
biases or anything else."

In addition to
supporting a Democrat through financial contributions, which Salon
acknowledges, evidently Shelton didn't tell Salon of his role in
starting Tobacco Free For Life.

Why that might matter is because Allen opponents have criticized the Senator for being friendly to the tobacco lobby. Senator
Allen, (R-VA), has accepted a whopping $33,000 from tobacco political
action committees in just the 2005-2006 election cycle. Thats more than
any other member of congress has taken from the tobacco companies in
the past year
.

Tobacco Free
for Life (TFL) is a grass roots volunteer coalition of educators,
health care professionals, survivors and victims of tobacco-related
illness, and concerned individuals. Our mission is to prevent and
reduce underage tobacco use through education, awareness and community
efforts on a "cost free" basis to the youth and community of Henderson
County.

TFL started in 1996 by Dr. Ken Shelton of Hendersonville Radiological Consultants
and is currently operating out of an office on the Pardee Hospital
campus. Pardee Hospital Foundation acts as TFL's fiscal agent and
provides TFL with 501c3 nonprofit status.

Interesting
that Shelton claims that an Allen Presidential candidacy is what made
him so suddenly concerned as to begin writing down recollections
several months ago. Exactly how much prodding did his memory require if
this was so significant at the time?

About
four months ago, when he heard that Allen was a possible candidate for
president in 2008, Shelton began to write down some of the negative
memories of his former teammate. He provided Salon excerpts of those
notes last week.

With nothing other than
anonymous sources to support Shelton's claim and the vast majority of
relevant individuals contradicting the story, it might better serve
Scherer if he could produce a witness without a possible political
motivation. Even sources that acknowledged Allen's fondness for a
Confederate Flag in his college days stated they saw no signs of racism
from Allen.

two others who were
contacted said they remember being bothered by Allen's displaying the
Confederate flag in college, but said they do not remember him acting
in an overtly racist manner.