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    Allen West switching districts

    Allen West switching districts

    Via Dan Riehl at Big Government, Allen West is escaping the bad redistricting and will be running in another district, in a game of musical chairs with a couple of others:

    In a deal with several moving parts, Conservative favorite Rep. Allen West will move over and run in Rep. Tom Rooney’s old district, as Rooney moves on to run in a newly created district. Additionally, Adam Hasner will drop his Senate bid, leaving a somewhat clearer path for Rep. Connie Mack to run for the Senate nomination:

    U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner will likely leave the race and run for Allen West’s soon-to-be-vacated Congressional seat, a source tells us. West’s seat looks a lot like Hasner’s old legislative Delray Beach-based district.

    Meanwhile, to avoid a bloody primary, leadership in the U.S. House asked Hasner to run for West’s seat. But first, West had to announce he’d leave his seat and run for Tom Rooney’s seat. And before that happened, Rooney had to announce he’d leave his district and run for a new district.

    A press release at West’s website reads:

    “After much prayer, reflection and discussion with my close friends and family, I am announcing today my decision to seek reelection in Florida’s proposed 18th Congressional district.  I have always believed the state of Florida would be best served by having both Congressman Tom Rooney and myself in the House of Representatives working to solve our nation’s most pressing problems.  I have never waivered from my vision; to work to create jobs, restrain federal government spending, reduce America’s ever increasing national debt, and provide for a strong national defense to ensure a safer and more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren.

    Congressman Rooney is a statesman and has been an honorable public servant to the constituents of Florida’s 16th Congressional district.  It is my goal to continue the success Congressman Rooney has had in Florida’s 16th Congressional district in the newly proposed 18th district.  I welcome the challenges and excitement that lie ahead.

    As a 22-year United States Army veteran who commanded troops in combat, one should never underestimate my ability to be a strategic thinker.  My voice for the restoration of constitutional principles for our Republic shall continue to resonate through Florida and on Capitol Hill.”

    Related:  Dem SuperPAC targeting “Tea Party 10″, Allen West at the Revolution

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    In the words of Sean Hannity, “LTC Allen West is a great American.” He is a rising star. What has happened to Alan Grayson’s district? Does anyone know? He should be flushed while holding on to Obama’s coattails.


     
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    Jaynie59 | February 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Too bad West doesn’t have the guts to run in the district he lives in. But if he did that he’d have to run against Debbie Wasserman Shultz and he’s already proven he’s too afraid to run against her.

    I just hope he doesn’t use his military service as a smoke screen to obscure the fact that he’s running in a district he doesn’t live in. That’s what he did when he ran last time in 22 and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. I felt like a damn fool when I found out his military service had nothing to do with it. Every time I see Debbie Downer’s ugly face I get pissed off at West all over again.


       
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      stevewhitemd in reply to Jaynie59. | February 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      It’s not a question of fear.

      Politicians make this calculation all the time. They are really, really, really good at counting, particularly to 50% plus 1.

      Mr. West is no different. If his critical review of the district that he can’t beat Ms. Shultz, that’s a shame because I’d love to see her go down and love it even more if Mr. West was the one who defeated her. But if he thinks it can’t happen, that the 50% plus one simply isn’t there in the district as drawn for the fall election, then moving to a district where he can win is a plus. The downside of the move, of course, is that his Dem opponent will certainly throw the move in his face.

    I’d rather see him represent the Tea Party…It’s time to toss the GOP on the dusbin of history. They have shown in the past 2 years that they don’t have what it takes to fix what ails this country…

    http://thevailspot.blogspot.com/2012/02/romney-wins-fla-primarybut-kills-party.html

    I don’t like West. I think he’s a big talker and insulter. Likes to shut down his opposition with sayings like “if you don’t like it, leave the country” or “if you weren’t in the service, shut up”. Respect is earned. He has not earned mine. And, no, I don’t respect him because of his service.


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