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Allen West Rejects Offer To Restart Political Career In Georgia: ‘I’m Not An NFL Free Agent’

Allen West Georgia

What an arrogant piece of work.  I, for one am glad he didn’t take the offer.  We have enough arrogant politicians in Georgia and we surely don’t need this one.

The Huffington Post

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday turned down an offer from Georgia’s Republican Party chairwoman, Sue Everhart, who earlier this week urged the congressman to run for office in her state at some point in the future, in the face of his apparent electoral loss.

“No,” West told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution when asked if he’d consider Everhart’s offer. “Look, let me tell you something. I have moved my wife around for 20-some-odd years, being in the military, and she was also the daughter of a career military guy. When I retired, she chose Florida. That’s where my daughter’s in school, in college, my youngest daughter’s in high school. That’s our home. It’s a very nice thing, but I’m not an NFL free agent.”

West is currently still clinging to the hope that his loss to Democrat Patrick Murphy earlier this month is not concrete, despite the fact that Florida officials have certified the result.

While he and other top Republicans continue to explore possibilities for recounting votes, in hopes of somehow producing a victory, Everhart suggested on Monday thatWest should move back to his home state of Georgia if the final outcome doesn’t go his way.

“I would be glad to have him come back to Georgia and at some point run here,” Everhart told the Journal-Constitution. “I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job. The way he ran his race didn’t in any way interfere with the job he did. He ran as a Republican, a conservative Republican.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry have both called for a full recount of the West-Murphy contest. Murphy is meanwhile attending freshman orientation events on Capitol Hill, a move that West’s campaign has criticized as “premature.”

 

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Allen West Loses His House Seat

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) delivers the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 2011.

Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL)

This is the icing on the cake.  Alllen West was an arrogant Tea Party backed Congressman from Florida who attacked President Obama and his supporters on a daily basis with vitriol even the staunchest Republican may have been shocked to hear.  Good riddance.

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Republican Rep. Allen West (FL), the bomb-throwing tea party darling elected during the 2010 tea party wave, was projected as defeated in a close race by Democrat Patrick Murphy.

NBC News projected the race for Murphy. With 99 percent of the vote in, he was up by some 1,500 votes.

The Floridian freshman quickly gained a national profile with his scorched-earth rhetoric against President Obama and his initiatives. He rankled many earlier this year when he claimed that dozens of congressional Democrats were closet communists — comments he repeatedly stood by.

West was a prime target for Democrats this cycle. He opted to run for a different House seat this cycle after his district was redrawn to include a larger fraction of Democrats. Despite his best efforts to soften his image, he was an imperfect fit for the evenly divided district.

And Democrats were gleeful about Murphy’s victory.

“We congratulate Congressman-elect Patrick Murphy on defeating Tea Party crony Allen West,” said Florida Democratic Party chair Rod Smith. “Murphy is a rising star in the party and will be a strong voice for the people of Florida in the United States Congress. Tonight, the people of this district rejected divisive, hateful rhetoric in favor a fresh-faced, bipartisan approach centered around the issues important to Florida’s middle class families.”

The race was hard-fought, with brutal attack ads from both candidates bankrolled in part by outside groups, who made their mark on the race.

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Allen West plagued by scam PACs

A Matt Wuerker cartoon is shown. | Matt Wuerker

Oh well, sounds like karma to me…

Politico

It’s the inevitable, if unsightly, convergence of the Internet, tea party, the post-Citizens United campaign-finance era and the presence of a Democrat in the White House who is despised by many conservatives. Political operatives can create a PAC and corresponding website on the cheap, drop some cash to rent an email list and, voilà— in come the small-dollar contributions from grass-roots Republicans eager to support any effort aiming to turn out President Barack Obama or reelect the fiery West.

Except those chunks of $25 and $50 don’t often find their way to any serious campaigns to beat Obama or boost West.

“The vast majority of the groups that we know are engaged in this have done nothing for West,” said Jill Holtzman Vogel, the congressman’s campaign attorney.

And, with the outfits that have given to West, those contributions pale in comparison to the money they’ve raised using the freshman Republican’s name.

According to media trackers and West campaign officials, none of the many conservative super PACs purportedly raising money for the congressman is airing TV ads on his behalf.

The Florida Republican’s campaign has sent cease-and-desist letters to a number of the groups and filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission, copies of which the campaign shared with POLITICO. But the organizations have been only mildly deterred and some continue to raise funds for themselves with marketing that would suggest they represent the actual campaign.

One organization, CAPE PAC, has a Google ad headlined, “Allen West in 2012: Join our Campaign & Help Us.” The URL goes even further: It is “www.allenwest2012.co.”

Yes, that’s “.co,” not “.com.”

A click on the link takes the reader to CAPE PAC’s main home page, something that a spokesman for the group said was a concession to the West campaign’s demands. Previously, the link directed readers to a CAPE PAC Web page meant to look like West’s actual campaign site.

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Seeking Attention from ANYBODY, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) accuses Obama of ‘destroying the black community’

Allen West via screenshot

I’m fully aware of GOP political games now.  Basically when the little “nobodies” in the party, like Allen West, Virginia Foxx,  even Newt Gingrich, et al want attention or publicity, they make the silliest and most ignorant statements solely for the publicity it garners.

Now, having said that, here is Allen West’s latest meme:

The Raw Story

Florida Republican congressman Rep. Allen West has torn a page from Sarah Palin’s book and issued a proclamation to the world via his Facebook page.

West cited the 13 percent unemployment rate among black Americans and wrote, “The failed economic policies of President Obama are destroying the black community and lessening the chances for economic freedom while promoting economic dependence.”

Referencing the fact that he was recently un-invited by the NAACP to speak at an event, West said, “Perhaps this is what the NAACP was afraid to hear me address.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NNACP) was actually quite clear about its reasons for rescinding an invitation to West to speak at the Martin County, Florida NAACP’s Tuesday Freedom Banquet earlier this week.

Martin County NAACP President Jerry Gore told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, “There’s a certain statement he made about Communists.”

Gore was referring to a recent assertion by West that there are currently “about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party.  It’s called the Progressive Caucus.”

West has taken a novel approach to addressing critics of  the remark, saying to conservative blog The Daily Caller that a “stupid” reporter took his remarks out of context but then days later assuring CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien that he meant the statement exactly as he made it.  However, when the congressman was pressed by O’Brien to name specific members of the progressive bloc who are Communists, West declined.

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Fox analyst: Obama’s appearance on Fallon damaged the image of the presidency

Conservative columnist Cal Thomas. Screenshot via Youtube.

I’ve heard some variation of the above statement since the POTUS appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show.   What I don’t understand is this:

Doesn’t it damage the office of the Presidency to insist that the President’s birth certificate is not authentic; to hurl personal attacks at President Obama on a daily basis, especially on Fox News.  Fox Nation, the online website of Fox News have maintained the most vile dialogue from readers, pertaining to President Obama; they try at every turn to denigrate the President‘s most significant accomplishments (Killing Osama Bin Laden and Health Care.)

How is it these people are so concerned about the office of the President’s image when they have been attempting to tear it down Barack Obama’s image even before he was elected?  When Mr. Obama was elected by a wide margin, they started doubling down on their personal attacks.

The Raw Story

Add syndicated conservative columnist Cal Thomas to the list of those upset over President Obama’s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week.

Thomas expressed his displeasure Saturday afternoon on Fox News Watch with Obama’s light-hearted appearance on the NBC late night show.

“There is a certain decorum about the presidency, I think,” Thomas complained. “When you take it on and lower it to that level, I think it does damage to the image of the office. It’s a distraction from the important stuff going on. The jobs and the economy, foreign policy issues.”

Thomas isn’t the first on Fox this week to criticize Obama’s appearance on Fallon. Gretchen Carlson bizarrely thought Wednesday that Obama’s decision to appear was “nutso.”

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz slammed Carlson for her comments later in the day.

WATCH: Video from Fox News, which was broadcast from April 28, 2012.

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Allen West Endorses Joe The Plumber For Congress

Allen West Joe The PlumberThe dumbing down of the American political process continues…

The Huffington Post

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, more commonly known as “Joe The Plumber” for his role in the 2008 presidential campaign, won the endorsement of Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) in his bid for Congress in Ohio.

In a campaign video posted Thursday by Wurzelbacher, West says, “One of the great things about Joe is that he represents the genuineness of the American people. Someone who has served in the military, and now is trying to answer the call to serve at a greater level.”

He adds, “I look forward to Joe being a colleague of mine in Washington, D.C.”

Wurzelbacher is running in a heavily Democratic district against longtime Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who beat Rep. Dennis Kucinich after the two were forced to run against each other because of GOP-led redistricting.

West recently alleged that members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — which Kaptur is a member of — were communists.

“I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus,” he said at a recent town hall event.

I suggest you don’t eat for at least an hour after you view the following video. <Barf>

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Allen West Ousted From NAACP Event Over Communist Remark

Allen West Communists

There is absolutely nothing that can change my opinion of this guy.  He was a creep in the military and he’s an even bigger creep in  Congress.

The really sad thing is that although he got an early discharge from the military for his tortuous acts against an Iraqi prisoner, I believe he was (s)elected by Tea Partiers because of that act.

The Huffington Post

It turns out calling Democratic lawmakers “Communists” has some consequences.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) was supposed to be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for his district chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) this past Saturday. But days before the event, the group canceled the gathering and asked West not to come back when they rescheduled. Why?

“There’s a certain statement he made about Communists,” Jerry Gore, president of the Martin County NAACP, told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. “That statement alone … we do not represent that type of atmosphere.”

The NAACP chapter is rescheduling its banquet for Sept. 15, with a new keynote speaker. Gore told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that a spokesman for West said he “understood” why the organization didn’t want West to speak anymore.

West landed in hot water earlier this month after telling constituents at a town hall meeting that some 80 House Democrats “are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.” His remarks sparked outrage among Democrats – Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said “not even Joe McCarthy would have said anything so stupid” — but West later said he had no regrets about the ordeal.

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Barney Frank Slams Allen West: ‘Not Even Joe McCarthy Would Have Said Anything So Stupid’

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The Huffington Post

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Wednesday tore into Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) for saying that members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are communists.

“Not even Joe McCarthy would have said anything so stupid and dissociated from reality,” Frank said in a call with The Huffington Post. “It’s an indication of the significant deterioration of the Republican Party as a responsible entity that an ignorant, mean guy like Allen West is considered one of their stars.”

The Massachusetts Democrat, who is retiring this year after 16 terms in Congress, said he is proud of his record over the years in cooperating with even the most conservative of Republicans. But West’s remarks — he told constituents on Tuesday that as many as 80 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are members of the Communist Party – show that the current flank of House Republicans leaves little room for bipartisanship, Frank said.

“I ask people, when you hear something so breathtakingly dumb and vicious as that, how do people expect us to be able to work out some compromise with him?” Frank said. Asked why he felt West’s comments were “vicious,” Frank said it is because communism has historically been a doctrine of repressing people’s rights.

“It is exactly the opposite of those of us in the Congressional Progressive Caucus who are in support of freedom, in support of democracy, in support of people’s basic rights and civil liberties,” he said. “Communism is really a reference to some of the worst human rights abuses of our time … It is meant to delegitimize people and allow no basis for debate. It’s a very nasty label.”

He added, “I very much object to being associated with Stalin or Khrushchev.”

Frank contacted The Huffington Post while in Hawaii, where he said he was campaigning for Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and meeting with Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), a former House colleague. Frank said his partner, James Ready, was also with him and getting in some surfing, an activity Frank said he preferred to “just watch.”

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Allen West says many Dems in Congress are communists

So, what has Rep. West been smoking lately?

Also, why do Tea Party types say the craziest things imaginable, almost all the time?

The Miami Herald

This just goes to show that there is no such thing as a boring town hall when Republican Congressman Allen West is speaking. At a town hall in Jensen Beach Tuesday covered by TCPalm, a man asked West this question (this is the best we could make out in the video) “what percentage of the American Legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists (something garbled) Socialists?”

West’s reply: “That’s a good question. I believe its about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party are members of the Communist Party.”

PolitiFact asked West’s spkeswoman Angela Melvin for an explanation today: “The Congressman was referring to the 76 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Communist Party has publicly referred to the Progressive Caucus as its allies. The Progressive Caucus speaks for itself. These individuals certainly aren’t proponents of free markets or individual economic freedom.”

We read that response to Jennifer Gore, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep.Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota who co-chairs the caucus. Here’s a snapshot of what she said: “all of that is false.”

We also contacted the Communist Party USA. Vice president Libero Della Piana said that none of the less than 5,000 members are members of Congress.

“Trust me – if a member of Congress applied to join the Communist Party we would know about it. It would set up some red flags — pardon the pun.”

PolitiFact will be fact-checking West’s claim about how many — if any — Democrats in Congress are Communists.

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Allen West: I’ll be VP if ‘God would ordain’ it

Allen West speaks to CNN

Allen West would have to take anger management classes and work on his machismo attitude toward women before anyone (including God) would even consider him becoming VP of the United States.

The Raw Story

Tea party Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said on Friday that he would accept the Republican vice presidential nomination if it was the “right fit.”

Earlier this week, failed GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin first floated West’s name at a possible “rogue” pick for 2012. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), an early supporter of Mitt Romney, agreed that West would be “good” in the VP slot.

On Friday, West told CNN’s Kyra Phillips that he had “never been out on a dinner date” with Romney, but he’d be willing to join the ticket.

“Yeah, well, right now, you know, the focus is, of course, being a good Congressional representative,” West explained. “But if someone were to make that call to me, which I really doubt is ever going to happen, you would have to make sure that it is something that God would ordain for you, and you’d have to talk to your wife, my wife and my two daughters about. But we have always stepped up to the plate to serve our country. And if it’s the right fit, then I will do so.”

West also accused Phillips of leading him down a “rabbit hole” by asking about same sex marriage.

“I think that right now there are a lot of people who try to take you down a rabbit hole to discuss things that really aren’t that important,” the Florida congressman insisted.

“Are you saying gay marriage is not important?” a shocked Phillips pressed.

“I think if you poll the American people, Kyra, I don’t think they’re going to bring up gay marriage as one of their top concerns,” West replied. “I think the best thing you can do to help me and to help out America, let’s stay focused on the things that are critical for the American people right now, and not try to create some situation [where] you take me down to a rabbit hole.”

“No, no, I’m not trying to do that,” Phillips insisted. “I’m talking about millions of gay Americans.”

“They should be concerned about the four years of trillion dollar deficits that we have had in the federal government,” West shot back. “That’s what we should be focused on, Kyra.”

In the past, West has made his opposition to marriage equality clear by calling same sex marriage “an oxymoron” that could eventually destroy society. He has also suggested that gay men and lesbians can change their sexual orientation like flavors of ice cream.

Watch the video from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast on April 6, 2012.

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