Allen West Likely To Win Florida House Seat

Who Runs Gov reports: Two years after losing to Rep. Ron Klein (D) in Florida’s closely-divided 22nd House district, West is hoping to ride the enthusiastic support of tea party activists all the way to a revenge victory.

West, who has described himself as a “right-wing extremist,”Leary, Alex, “Tea party favorite Allen West gunning for Ron Klein’s seat,” St. Petersburg Times, September 27, 2010(1)Leary, Alex, “Tea party favorite Allen West gunning for Ron Klein’s seat,” St. Petersburg Times, September 27, 2010 became one of the 2010 cycle’s top fundraisers after a series of fiery speeches and inflammatory statements made him a hero in conservative circles. He has called on citizens to rise against a “tyrannical” government, denied Islam is a religionZornick, George, “GOP Candidate Allen West: People With ‘Coexist’ Bumper Stickers Want To ‘Give Away Our Country’,” Think Progress, August 18, 2010(2)Zornick, George, “GOP Candidate Allen West: People With ‘Coexist’ Bumper Stickers Want To ‘Give Away Our Country’,” Think Progress, August 18, 2010 and accused liberals of “enslaving” Americans rather than empowering them. 

A decorated military officer who served in Iraq and in Afghanistan, West had to retire from the Army in 2003 after he was reprimanded for assaulting and threatening an Iraqi detainee he believed had information about a plot to kill him.

In His Own Words: “If we sit complacent and if we don’t pay attention to what’s going on right now, we will find ourselves once again becoming slaves to a tyrannical government. You cannot stand down. You cannot stop being vigilant.”Leary, Alex, “Tea party favorite Allen West gunning for Ron Klein’s seat,” St. Petersburg Times, September 27, 2010(1)

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