Allen West Placed in GOP Incumbent Protection Program

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The RNCC thinks Allen West is going to need some help getting re-elected
The National Republican Congressional Committee says it's not giving out free campaign money to Republicans facing a tough reelection campaign anymore -- you have to earn it.

That's why it started the Patriot Program for the last election cycle, making different benchmarks for lawmakers to meet before it throws them the cash.

The NRCC announced its first ten inductees into the program for next November's election, including our very own Rep. Allen West.

Now West will be responsible for collecting some campaign contributions, improving his communications skill set, or getting a grassroots movement going -- effectively whatever the RNCC tells him to.

"Allen West has demonstrated the leadership and ability to wage an aggressive campaign based on rigorous goals and proven strategies for victory," RNCC Chairman Pete Sessions says in a news release. "I'm very proud of Allen West and these Patriot Members who are leading the fight for victory in 2012."

According to Politico, Republicans aren't always happy about being placed in the Patriot Program, as they "expressed discomfort with the idea of being held accountable for their political operations."

But the RNCC thinks the program works.

"Under the new model, lawmakers would move to address their vulnerabilities early on and hope to scare off potential opponents based on the strength of their campaign," Politico's Alex Isenstadt says. "Party officials credit the program with strengthening endangered lawmakers and allowing the NRCC to focus its spending almost exclusively on a TV ad campaign targeting Democrats."

It's probably not a good sign for West that he was one of the first drafted into the program, but hey, the RNCC has a record of spending money by the truckload once you're on their good side.

And thanks to the RNCC's tax filing status as a 501(c)(4), you'll never know where that money comes from.


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Skip Commagere
Skip Commagere

This all sounds normal. The party of conservatives wants to promote and protect the legislator who embraces economic and social ideas to take us back to the future. Liberals want to promote and protect legislators who agree that no government is too big or too intrusive and no program is too expensive. By the way; How's that working for you?

Dolphin Fan
Dolphin Fan

Note to Allen West: the Word Patriot is commonly correlated to the Football team in South Florida for which the local fans of the Dolphins have as much intolerance for as you do of liberals.  Wrapping yourself in this moniker is a slap in the face to our local sports fans. But doubtful you would know or care since you are not from here.  I wonder what teams he supports. The Atlanta Falcons, or the Dallas Cowboys.

augusta
augusta

Yuck, I thought that was what the Teabaggers were for....propping up their American Idols...Now we have to deal with the Patriots! No wonder Trump says our party is falling  apart!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Skip:  George Bush and his GOP Congress are responsible for the largest expansion of the domestic budget in U.S. History. (Due in great part to the Prescription drug bill, a giveaway to Big Pharma)

Hey, how's that not knowing what you are talking about working for you?

nanook5
nanook5

please describe an "economic and social idea" that takes us "back to the future" offered by Allen West. Or from any GOP lawmaker.

MavynFL
MavynFL

Which legislators "agree that no government is too big or too intrusive and no program is too expensive." Do you have a link to share with us? Or is that just a lame, empty talking point?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Trump is a major douche who eats pizza with a fork. But even a douchebag understands the sorry state of affairs that is the GOP.

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

I'll describe it for you. I've heard Allen West has seen Back to the Future Part II at least ten times. Not really, he probably hates the fact that it takes alternative fuel to time-travel.

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