Skip to comments.Allen West concedes to Patrick Murphy
Posted on 11/20/2012 3:32:47 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather
Florida Rep. Allen West the tea party pugilist and face of the class of House Republicans that stormed to power two years ago conceded Tuesday to 29-year-old construction executive Patrick Murphy in one of the nations highest-profile congressional races.
After two weeks of battle with St. Lucie County elections officials and a recount of early votes that wound up extending Murphys lead West acknowledged that he couldnt surmount his 1,904-vote, or 0.58 percent, deficit. That difference was just outside the 0.5 percent threshold to automatically trigger a recount of all votes.
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I say he should be our next president!
Sigh. And now all the vote fraud, irregularities and legal violations by St Lucie county election officials will simply be forgotten.
Redistricted by the state GOP. Given Luke warm support by the national GOP. Victim of massive voter fraud and left to swing in the wind by the corrupt courts and spineless GOP. This is what happens when you’re a black conservative. The Dems hate you and the GOP doesn’t want you.
He’d get my vote.
Thank you Col. West for your service.
He fought well.
And he forever exposed the fact that Gertrude Walker is corrupt and incompetent.
It is now up to the people of Florida to demand a recount due to the heinous irregularities that took place.
In a just world, the FL SoS would order a recount due to what has been exposed.
I’m so mad, I’m spitting nails. His seat was stolen, pure and simple and those who aided in this - well, all I can say is God help you! I don’t have much feeling for my country any more. Sorry, I just don’t.
I love that pic. America’s best hope for survival, and two of the most “hot” GOP members. Can’t help but compare West’s manliness and Hussein’s fairy-ness.
Wishful thinking. This country just reelected Barack 0bama.
And that person is a 29 year old punk who's claim to fame is worked at his daddy's company and got busted drinking on a fake ID.
This is the best the Dims can offer.
I feel like crying for West. However, God must have a better plan for his life. What a loss!
oh shut up at least we voted him into office in the first place, what have you done?
This is the best the Dims can offer.
With a complicit gop it was all they needed to offer. The kid is corrupt, which means he's controllable. It is now probably a very safe dem seat for a long time.
My sentiment exactly.
Thank you Col. West for fighting the good fight, justice. You are a man of honor ...carry on soldier.
The GOP elite will never win another election if I have to campaign against every one of them. Hello
The GOP often seems to fight harder against conservatives than against the Democrats. People like Boehner just ooze that they would be far more comfortable just reaching across the aisle to agree with the Rats or, better yet, being the loyal opposition.
We are in agreement on this topic.
We can also thank the GOP for once again guaranteeing future vote fraud by not challenging even the most blatant, in your face, vote fraud.
I, too, am done with the GOP. I think they’re all the same, all they want is to get elected and keep their cushy jobs, titles and perks. To he** with the voters seems to be what they are saying. If the dumba** people of his district wanted the drunked Murphy - then let them have him.
I doubt Col. West wants to represent them now anyway. I know I wouldn’t.
He's 51; he could easily run again in the next mid-terms.
The "redistricted" argument along with conspiracy theories were hashed out back in January...
I cant speak to the FL legislatures motives, but it is nearly impossible to craft an R-leaning, non-Cuban district in SE FL under the current laws and comply with the Fair Districts Act. Wests current district runs up and down the Gold Coast, stretching inland in arms to gobble up Republican-leaning areas. Its pretty thorough, and even then it is a swing district. Under Fair Districts, the Republican legislature cant do that anymore. In fact, it is arguably stretching what it can do under the current iteration of Wests district. . .Florida GOP trying to force Allen West out of Congress through redistricting?
I am truly angry. They stole the seat from a great soldier. The Gop caused this to happen. From redistricting to No support for West for a very long time. I hope that are damn well happy now. Excuse my language. They were embarrassed by a black conservative that took no spin from the opposing(hateful) side. They can celebrate along with their liberal pals now. Thank you Allen for your service and loyalty to America. I admire your boldness. God Bless you, sir.
I know how you feel. There is no excuse for America not to see and lift up greatness. It is going to take the tea party to do so and get our guys in places of power as we are able. I think mid terms is a perfect time.
Allen West Brigade 2012 Published Nov 19th 2012
Just shocked that out of a half a million people in a district which runs from Port St. Lucie (the Rio Linda of Florida's Atlantic coast), to Key West, with the Miami suburbs in between, no Dim filed to run for a Dim primary for this seat.
You are right. I bet the Dim party spiked any other candidate applications so they could just pick their puppet.
Yes, this is true. He represented my family. I remember Allen being interviewed on a local radio show. He said while campaigning the first time around; he not only had to defend himself against his opponent but as well as the rino political correct establishment (same ones that went after Palin no doubt) This is why I feel comfortable in making my charge that the GOP caused this to happen long ago. All the negative ads made him to be crazy. Not one word/ad of opposing those extreme attacks that I saw from HG GOP.
He did not have the money to mount the legal battle:
I wish he had the backing from our party to challenge this further. Hopefully, he will not retire completely.
FL is so corrupt, and West knows this. Too bad he decided to move there, when he had many options once he retired from the Army
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST STATEMENT ON ELECTION RESULTS
Posted by allenwestrepublic on November 20, 2012
Stuart, FL Today Congressman Allen West released the following statement ending the race for Floridas 18th District:
For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process. While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.
While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekends recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election.
While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change. Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask my generous supporters to help fund a drawn-out, expensive legal effort with little chance of success. Therefore, we will not contest the certification or challenge the seating of Congressman-elect Murphy.
Serving the people in the House of Representatives has been among the highest honors of my life, but this seat does not belong to me, or for that matter, to any individual. It belongs to the people.
I want to congratulate my opponent, Patrick Murphy, as the new Congressman from the 18th Congressional District. I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.
I must thank my wife Angela, and my daughters Aubrey and Austen for their support, patience, understanding and most of all, love. These are three of the toughest women I know. They have sent me off to defend our nation overseas at war, and to Capitol Hill to serve our nation in the House of Representatives. They have all handled the challenges of these last few months, and the last many years, with amazing grace. I know they will be by my side for whatever is our next chapter.
I want to thank my congressional and campaign staff for their service, and most importantly, I want to thank all of our tremendous supporters who provided their time and money to power our campaign. I am humbled by the dedication and perseverance of our supporters, and their commitment to a free and prosperous America. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for our campaign, but most importantly, what they have done, and will continue to do for our country. None of us should let the outcome discourage us. We should only redouble our resolve.
Above all, I want to thank God for his blessings, and for blessing me with the opportunity to serve.
Only God knows what is in store for each of us. I have dedicated my life to serving this nation, and the results of this election will not change my purpose. Just as I did in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, just as I did on Capitol Hill, I will continue to fight for our Republic.
Our nation will not overcome our challenges overnight, and the road ahead for each one of us will not be easy. But this nation would never have become that shining beacon of light if our founders had chosen the easy path 236 years ago. We all must proudly continue their legacy.
For the protection and preservation of our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, I shall remain steadfast and loyal. God bless you and God bless these United States of America.
Come on, a guy can dream can't he?
Every comment following the article was against West. Shows who reads Politico.
I really need to find a new country if there isn’t going to be any secession.
What a bunch of racists!! If he was a Demoncrat - then the entire country would be in an uproar over this. I feel sick at heart over this. We’ve lost a great Congressman. The GOP offered him a run in some districts in GA, and he said his wife wanted to live in FL, so that’s where they settled. Maybe he’ll change his mind.
We must keep him in prayer that God will guide and keep this wonderful servant of his.
I wonder which candidate these stupid voters would rather have on their side in a fight? A man who would go through hell with a gas can, or a drunken 29 year old nothing?
They all are in gaga land with Obama getting back in. Free gifts, you know. Nasty doesn't even describe the democrats comments any longer. They are truly twisted with no conscience.
My brother was in the army and fought in the VietNam and first gulf wars. He said he feels betrayed by his country to see them vote for Obama. I told some liberals what he said. They asked me is he mad because we now allow gay marriage and have pot legalized? I told them no. He fought against America’s enemies and put his life on the line for this country and he never thought they would vote in someone who would undermine all our military has done just so they could get free stuff but they have. The liberals said I am afraid of some imagined boogey man out there. The educational system and media have brought us to this point in time.
A drunken 29-year-old who will give them free stuff and whose miserable career will be covered up by a syncophantic press.
The comments on Politico are vicious. that’s who we’re up against. Haters, pure and simple.
I had 2 older brothers right above me in age who served in VietNam as well. They both are no longer here. We lost them at a very young age. They loved their country and enlisted. I just don't like to talk it about. I was very close to both. It still hurts. I agree with everything your brother told you. God Bless you and your dear brother.
Florida dumps West and brings back psycho Alan Grayson. It truly is Bizarro World.
” - - - I say he should be our next president! - - - “
AND SO SAY ALL OF US!
The 2016 Presidential Campaign has begun for Allen West!
“Im so mad, Im spitting nails. His seat was stolen, pure and simple and those who aided in this - well, all I can say is God help you! I dont have much feeling for my country any more. Sorry, I just dont.”
When there is open voter fraud, (Black Panthers, Acorn, Election officials ect.) and no steps are taken to correct and prosecute the country is gone......Bought my first weapon today.....I do not feel safe in this once GREAT AMERICA any longer......God Bless America and those who love her original CHRISTIAN values and respect her CONSTITUTION.....
A DUTY CALLS PING!
That's not going to happen as long as they have MSNBC and we have nothing to counter it. The republican party cannot even get a moderate elected against a pResident who has a worst record than Jimmy Carter.
Let's see a 24/7 TV news network version of CNS or Breitbart first, then maybe we'll have a chance.
We need a right wing news network to take the leftist pressure off fair and balanced, center Fox News.
We're probably going to be seeing a democrat in the WH after 2016. If not an Obama third term then someone else.
Allen West won 53,000 votes in in a county with this kind of registration.
That's pretty good especially since 10,000 of those who voted for him also voted for the Democratic Supervisor of Elections who won 10,000 more votes than Obama.
Someone needs to find some of these 10,000 people and ask them what they were thinking.
This is probably a good thing as Col. West will go onto bigger things and will now have a bigger platform.
Being a Congressman, he is one of 535, now he can do whatever he wants - look at the impact that Sarah Palin had after the loss in 2008.
I wonder if they’ll prorate his dues to the Black Caucus?
Yes, she should! Allen West is not the loser here--the voters are.
Prayers for Alan West and all true patriots, and the future of our nation in the face of the socialist occupation.
Yes, she should!
For what it’s worth..