Skip to comments.Allen West in Close, Down and Dirty Florida Race
Posted on 10/27/2012 7:07:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
As freshman congressman Allen West fights for a second term, hes facing a surprisingly strong challenge from a Democratic newcomer in one of the most vicious races in the country.
West, a tea party favorite, currently represents Floridas 22nd District., which covers parts of coastal Palm Beach and Broward counties. But after redistricting hes moved north to run in the 18th District, which includes Martin and St. Lucie counties and parts of northern Palm Beach County.
The 51-year-old veteran of Desert Storm and the Iraq war is facing Democrat Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old businessman who works for his family's environmental cleanup business.
A conservative firebrand, West has made national headlines for his controversial comments, but Murphy contends he is so extreme he is an embarrassment. The Democrats ads have highlighted comments in which West referred to Social Security as a form of modern, 21st-century slavery, castigated Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as "vile" and "not a lady, and complained that progressive women were neutering American men.
"When you're spending your time calling people communists or comparing them to Nazis or Marxists, that's no way to get things done," the Democrat said during a debate last week.
"I got into this race in large part because I'm tired of the extremism of the tea party," added Murphy, a former Republican.
West shot back in typical fashion. "I thought we lived in America, where we have freedom of speech and freedom of expression," he said. "I'm not going to be afraid of people just because they get upset at some of the things that are said."
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Some polls have shown West with as much as a nine-point lead, while others have found Murphy closing in on the incumbent.
If people like West can’t win we are in serious trouble.
Yeah I don’t thing this snot nosed lib is going to beat West but the dems are trying as hard as they can. Since Romney is going to carry Florida we hope he has some long coat tails on that nice tux he was wearing at the Al Smith dinner
The establishment gerrymandered him out of his current district so this is a new district. He’s fighting the system.
This race is over. West will win. The DCCC pulled ad funding out of the race last month.
Not necessarily. Unfortunately, Allen West has been targeted of special importance to lose his seat. The Dems don’t want the word out that Republicans will vote for a black Republican, merely because of his character.
That’s why I’m hoping Republican voters will go all out to ensure his re-election.
Everyone is talking about Ohio. Doesn’t Obama need FL to win?
It would be a damn shame if Florida removes West from the Congress, and returns that lunatic Alan Grayson.
At the very least, Florida better deliver its electoral votes to Romney.
What the hell is it with Florida that would make this anything but a landslide for West?
The Democrats insist they don't but Obama sure is spending allot of time down here.
Beats me. This should be a no brainer. A war hero or a drunken punk. I don’t see what the problem is.
Not necessarily. The Dems love to pour tons of money and effort into certain high profile races to try and embarrass key Republicans and to shut up others. West, like Palin, takes a lot of fire off of the other Republicans just because of who they are and how bold they speak.
It’s a tough part of reality, but that’s the way it is. I think West wins anyway though - and he’s wasted a lot of Dem money and effort.
I guess if we thought like the other side does, we’d say it was racism...
I really don’t think this race is close. This is a huge district, so I can’t speak for other areas. However, in my neck of the woods, all I see are West signs and bumper stickers.
BTW, I am living in a liberal nightmare area.....Palm Beach County.
When Obama had a one point lead the media could not declare the race over fast enough. West has a nine point lead and the story is how the challenger is closing in. They are a disgrace.
That’s called pulling out all the punches. If I were a Democrat running for Congress and my opponent ran an ad like that, I’d jump off a bridge and vanish forever.
Can’t wait for Allen West to run for President. Love that guy!!!
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