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Ex-Colonel Defends Controversial Actions in Iraq, Runs for Florida House Seat (Threatened Jihadist)
Fox News ^ | 1/28/08 | Kelley Vlahos

Posted on 01/28/2008 3:49:11 PM PST by pissant

WASHINGTON — While former Vietnam POW John McCain campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination in Florida, another retired veteran is counting on his military experience to catapult him to victory in the Sunshine State.

Retired Army Col. Allen West is campaigning in Florida's 22nd U.S. Congressional District, hoping to unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Ron Klein, who toppled 26-year Republican incumbent Clay Shaw in a contentious battle in 2006.

The well-funded and very politically active Klein is not about to give up his seat easily, but West is banking on his notoriety as much as his military experience to make his case.

West, 46, cuts an intriguing figure. He is a war hero to his supporters, but his opponents see him as a symbol of a war gone wrong.

West commanded the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, Fourth Infantry Division in Iraq, then spent two years as a private contractor helping to train the Afghan army.

He's not only up on military and national security issues, but he has worked briefly as a teacher in the Palm Beach/Broward County area public schools.

"Allen is one of the most compelling figures I've ever worked with," said Donna Brosemer, an unpaid campaign strategist and spokeswoman for West. "He's a non-traditional candidate at a time when the public is sick of traditional candidates."

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: allenwest; clayshaw; elections; iraq; oefveterans
His slogan should be "Go ahead, make my day". Go Col. West!!
1 posted on 01/28/2008 3:49:13 PM PST by pissant
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To: SandRat; jazusamo; Wiz; Valin; tobyhill; Calpernia

PING


2 posted on 01/28/2008 3:50:42 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

He is black and beat the crap out of terrorist - gets my vote!


3 posted on 01/28/2008 3:51:47 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

If he was a gay gypsy, he would get my vote for having the stones and wherewithal to save some of his men.


4 posted on 01/28/2008 3:54:08 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant
I like this man!!! Note how McCain is the polar opposite on the question of urgent interrogation. Go West, young (and old) man (and woman).

West says his positions — lower taxes, smaller government, restrictions on illegal immigration and promotion of a foreign policy that recognizes Iraq as a front in a greater war against "Islamic terrorism and its state sponsors" — will appeal to the people of this southeastern Florida district.

and sure as heckfire appeals to me outside his district.

5 posted on 01/28/2008 4:04:03 PM PST by NonValueAdded (What Would Hobson Choose?)
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To: NonValueAdded

I hear that!! Is it too late for him to run as POTUS? LOL


6 posted on 01/28/2008 4:05:56 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: 2banana

Let’s get him to run for President!!


7 posted on 01/28/2008 4:21:19 PM PST by MissEdie (On the Sixth Day God created Spurrier)
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To: pissant

Words are great but they don’t win campaigns against entrenched libs. This is his web site and this is a guy who should be supported with money and, where possible, with feet on the ground:

http://www.allenwestforcongress.com/about_allen.php


8 posted on 01/28/2008 4:24:11 PM PST by Postman
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To: Postman

Thanks. He will need alot of support!!


9 posted on 01/28/2008 4:25:19 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

If I was in Florida, I’d not only vote for him but I’d also campaign like hell for him. I’d like to see him in public office.


10 posted on 01/28/2008 4:26:20 PM PST by caisson71
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To: 2banana; All

He’d get my vote...unfortunatly too many stupid people allwed to vote in Florida.


11 posted on 01/28/2008 4:27:46 PM PST by junkman72 (just another day at the junkyard/time to buy another handgun(VA req.))
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To: junkman72
.unfortunatly too many stupid people allwed to vote in Florida.

Why limit it to Florida?

12 posted on 01/28/2008 4:51:26 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (My book is out. Read excerpts at http://www.thejusticecooperative.com)
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To: pissant

That settles it: I’m movin’ south to Florida! Colonel West is a true hero.


13 posted on 01/28/2008 5:05:19 PM PST by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: pissant

Go Col. West is right, he’s a real hero!

He did what he thought was right and stood by his decision, we need people in Congress like him.

Thanks for the ping, pissant.


14 posted on 01/28/2008 5:12:18 PM PST by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Dahoser

Just watch out for the alligators.


15 posted on 01/28/2008 5:12:44 PM PST by pissant (Time for a CONSERVATIVE party)
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To: pissant

I remember this guy.

He should be a freaking General. Absolute Hero.


16 posted on 01/28/2008 5:14:23 PM PST by Radix (If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.)
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To: pissant

Oh man, I hope this guy gets elected to Congress!


17 posted on 01/28/2008 5:16:01 PM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: pissant

If I lived in his district I know one vote he would get.


18 posted on 01/28/2008 5:17:41 PM PST by sport
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To: StarCMC; Old Sarge

Ping


19 posted on 01/28/2008 5:21:56 PM PST by Radix (If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.)
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To: pissant

I remember this incident well. He was a hero then and I hope he becomes a political hero now.

MM (in TX)


20 posted on 01/28/2008 5:22:06 PM PST by MississippiMan
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To: pissant

I can’t even express how honored Florida is to have him not only residing here but wanting to serve his fellow citizens yet again.


21 posted on 01/28/2008 5:25:15 PM PST by skr (How majestic is Thy Name, O Lord, and how mighty are Thy Works!)
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To: Radix
The money quote from the article:

"He was the officer in charge on Aug. 20 of that year when soldiers under his command in Taji, Iraq, beat an Iraqi policeman they believed was hiding information about imminent attacks. Not getting the information he wanted, West took over the interrogation and, according to court reports, discharged his 9 mm pistol just above the policeman's head. According to West, the Iraqi then spilled the beans about a planned ambush."

This is a "take charge" guy.

22 posted on 01/28/2008 5:27:05 PM PST by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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To: Postman
This is his web site and this is a guy who should be supported with money

I haven't had a job for a year but I've always said I will no longer support the Repub party but will support an individual.

I'm sending him a contribution. He's earned it.......

23 posted on 01/28/2008 5:29:30 PM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: Postman

Thanks for the link. A shortcut will be on my desktop to remind me to donate as soon as I am able. He’d be a guaranteed winner here in NWF.


24 posted on 01/28/2008 5:31:01 PM PST by skr (How majestic is Thy Name, O Lord, and how mighty are Thy Works!)
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To: pissant
I remember this guy. As I recall, some people on FR wanted him sent to Leavenworth, but the charges were eventually dropped.

I'd love to see him in Congress!

25 posted on 01/28/2008 5:35:17 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: pissant
I hear that!! Is it too late for him to run as POTUS? LOL

No kidding! He sounds good! :-)

26 posted on 01/28/2008 5:35:49 PM PST by B Knotts (If McCain wins, we lose.)
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To: MississippiMan

0 mils. He is a superb individual who got screwed by the WPPA.


27 posted on 01/28/2008 8:04:04 PM PST by redlegplanner
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To: Radix

If he hadn’t put the safety of his men over the pc s..t covering interrogations of the enemy, he would have made General.


28 posted on 01/29/2008 4:20:32 PM PST by Postman
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To: Hot Tabasco

Blessings! If he is to win, he needs money and volunteers. It would be wonderful to have this hero in the House.


29 posted on 01/29/2008 4:27:45 PM PST by Postman
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To: skr

Many thanks. This is a guy who deserves as much help as we can give him.

Best wishes to you for better circumstances.


30 posted on 01/29/2008 4:31:51 PM PST by Postman
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To: Postman
This is a guy who deserves as much help as we can give him.

I contributed to his campaign and I just received a personal email from him thanking me. Nice touch....

31 posted on 02/01/2008 6:34:33 AM PST by Hot Tabasco ( Donít go messing with Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole bunch of fresh ammo.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Me too. I said he’s a great guy. Thanks.


32 posted on 02/01/2008 8:16:07 AM PST by Postman
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