Allen West Is Totally Bailing on His Entire Congressional District

Allen West, now a congressional candidate in the proposed District 18.
Ladies and gentlemen of District 22, at this time next year, you will be completely rid of Congressman Allen West.

Faced with an unfriendly redistricting proposal and growing opposition from national groups including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, West announced this evening that he is ditching the whole place in favor of a run in what is currently called District 16, occupied by Rep. Tom Rooney.

That's right. The guy who signs his emails "Steadfast and Loyal" is ditching all 683,288 residents of his district. Don't worry, though -- he has a plan.

"As a 22-year United States Army veteran who commanded troops in combat, one should never underestimate my ability to be a strategic thinker," he said in a statement. It appears he neglected to mention that the last time he commanded troops in combat, he tortured a guy.

According to campaign finance documents filed today, West has raised $5,851,185.12 for his run in district 22 -- money that he is not required to give back and almost certainly won't.

The move will certainly make coming weeks more interesting: There's no telling who's going to run in West's vacated district -- Democrats Patrick Murphy and Lois Frankel have both stated that they wanted to oust West (and raised a few million dollars to do it), but now it's unclear whether they'll follow him to his new race or stay in District 22 for a run against Adam Hasner, who was running for Senate until a few hours ago.

That was entirely too many names for one paragraph, so a quick recap:
  • Rep. Rooney announced today that he'd be leaving his district to run for an empty seat in a newly created congressional district.
  • Rep. West will be running for Rooney's old seat.
  • Hasner will be running for West's old seat.
  • Murphy and Frankel will either run against West or Hasner or pull some "strategic thinking" of their own and run off to some other district or districts.
Murphy spokesman Eric Johnson said it was "premature" to officially jump into a specific race.

"The maps aren't done for these people to be deciding where they're running," Johnson said. "We're targeting Allen West, but Allen West doesn't know what the maps are finally going."

West and Rooney have created an interesting electoral situation -- they would both be incumbents running against opponents that aren't yet clear in districts that aren't their own. We don't even know what the districts are officially even going to look like: The proposed map makes Rooney's and West's districts much more Democratic, but the maps still have to pass the Florida House and survive any court challenges.

We'll have much more about the situation as the details unfold -- who knows what West will say in a scheduled appearance on Fox News at 10:30 p.m.


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Smith and Wesson
Smith and Wesson

something tells me your not exactly on the Friday nite  "invite list" of the politicos who appear to represent you..

Smith and Wesson
Smith and Wesson

Actually its amusing to read some post here.. The political process is a chess game with conservatives moving its peices to gain advantage. Thats what Allen West is doing. The "tail between the legs" comment would be funny if it wasnt so ignorant. If West was one of your precious "liberals" you would be high fiveing  each other for the genius of  strategy. For Pete Pepper, I would speculate that in the big picture of things that next to Allen West, you are a very small man, very small indeed..

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

We liberals do not draw the boundaries of congressional districts in Florida. That is done by the state legislature, which, as you may know, is totally under the control of right-wing Republicans. If they won't gerrymander a shoo-in district for criminal West, then that should tell you something about the clown's standing within his own party. Then go see what percentage of his campaign contributions is coking from outside Florida. The guy doesn't represent any Floridians. He's a Faux News tub thumper who has lived his entire life feeding at the public trough of military socialism. Vote him out ASAP. 

City Activist Robert walsh
City Activist Robert walsh

total chicken -shit." where's your big mouth now mr.west.??? You kiss your wife w/ that mouth. You are a pig. Go North giggie i'm right on your ass. Tell your cohort kaufman to bring it on. You both disgust me. Go north ,try alaska. Your done. Who in there right mind would vote for this jerk.. What you going to say, you where thrown out of the military too. so eat shit. see you up in district 18. Robert Walsh......

Smith and Wesson
Smith and Wesson

I find it amusing when CITY ACTIVIST Robert Walsh comments on the political process. As a convicted felon my understanding is "your not allowed to vote" ..you pretty much throw your comments all over town and all over the board and yet "dont have the ability to vote"..perhaps you should spend more time petitioning for a "pardon" ??? Justa thought"

Hks
Hks

Shitty City Activist Walsh is a mentally ill self loathing gay moron!

Prof. G
Prof. G

Now, in all honesty, how can it possibly be said that Alien West is representative of anyone? He and Clarence Thomas represent no one, except Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers. They certainly have never done a single affirmative act to benefit their race. I've done more for their race than they have, and I'm white and from Kentucky. The black folks I know call those guys fools and Toms. Sounds about right.

Mitch Seizure
Mitch Seizure

I love to check in here to read what the crazies are up to.  There aren't nearly as many of you as there used to be. 

Gettin' Old
Gettin' Old

We miss our man Bob and don't get out over here much anymore.

FQS9000
FQS9000

We jes be hatin that uppity afro-american rascal.  He jes will not kiss da liberal white bottom cheeks wit enough enthusiasm.  He gotta go.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Did Matthew Hendley take a hike/sabattical/leave of absence? New author in his place? For the last 2 weeks this Blog has been displaced by tunes and food.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

District shopping sort of takes the representation of one's constituents theme out of the "House of Representatives".

A little verbose but how about renaming it the House of Best Chance to get Elected People.

Will he be renting a Port St Lucie Public Storage unit to meet the residence requirement?

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

I guess it got too hot in the kitchen for the criminal Alan West.  Will not be sad to see him run away with his tail between his legs.Now just how will his peons defend this latest idiocy?

Thestagman6
Thestagman6

At least he didn't cry racism, like Colleen Brown did. 

Riciajane
Riciajane

Hey Pepper Head,For you to say Allen West is a criminal,you have to be crazy.Where do you get your crap from?He is a very  courageous man,An American Hero.It just gets to me how grown men can be so jealous.If you would get out and do something worthwhile instead of making stupid comments on a man you know nothing about.you would be alot better off...It is so disgusting how some men can be so girlie....

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Crazy?  Like the criminal West?  The man tortured civilians and assaulted a civilian police officer. If he was such an "american hero" he would not have been run out of the military.  Jealous?  Of him?  No, I dont swing that way.  An there is NOTHING heroic about anything he did there.  Nothing more than a file clerk who had delusions of grandeur.

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