Former Governor Speaks with Small Business Owners

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

HARRISONBURG, Va –- Former governor and U.S. Senate candidate George Allen talked to small business owners in Harrisonburg on Wednesday and he told them how he will help with over-regulation of small businesses if he gets elected.

Business owners also had a question and answer session with the former governor to get to know him.

“He's actually a pro-business individual,” said Joe Funkhouser with Funkhouser Real Estate. “He did a wonderful job when he was governor of Virginia, he did a very good job when he was senator the first time, and I'd like to see him back in office, because I'd like to see people of his caliber representing us in the United States Senate.”

WHSV's Bob Corso spoke to Allen in an exclusive interview after his meeting Wednesday afternoon and he asked Allen about the new health care law and its impact on small businesses.

“Yeah, repealing and replacing Obamacare. It's a real impediment to small businesses. For some, they don't want to get over 50 employees. For community hospitals, they're saying they're going to go out of business if this goes into effect. I've heard businesses saying they're going to go out of business if it goes into effect. Some people's religious freedoms are being infringed upon with it."

The campaign office of Tim Kaine, Allen's opponent, released the following statement:

"Governor Kaine does not believe there needs to be yet another vote to repeal the health care law, but he does believe we need to make improvements to the law that do more to control costs."

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