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Rep. West gets Democratic challenger
The Hill ^ | 03/15/11 | Jordan Fabian

Posted on 03/15/2011 12:25:56 PM PDT by Scanian

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) has another Democratic challenger: a 28-year-old accountant who is making his first run for public office.

Patrick Murphy started a campaign site this week and put out a video welcome message, outlining his case for election.

"I love my country. I love South Florida, and I'm not going to stand by while right-wing extremists like Allen West continue to divide us," he said.

Murphy is considered a dark-horse candidate in the race. A handful of other Democrats are considering getting into the race against West — one of two black Republican members of Congress elected in 2010.

West, a former Army officer, rode a wave of Tea Party support to defeat Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) in the midterms. He is already a top target for Democrats in the 2012 cycle.

Other potential West opponents include Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon (D), former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel (D) and state Rep. Joe Abruzzo (D). Klein has also not officially ruled out a bid, but he joined a law and lobbying firm this week, making a run less likely.

Patrick Daniel, another dark horse, has also filed papers to run.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: allenwest; congress; democrats; elections2012; extremists; fl; florida; gowest; house; patrickmurphy; rightwing; teaparty; west; west2westwing2012; west4president
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If we can convince the Lt.Col. to run for the Senate against Nelson next year, all those Democrat wannabe's in his district can go pound sand.
1 posted on 03/15/2011 12:25:58 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

The RAT establishment really hates West. That means he’s right.


2 posted on 03/15/2011 12:28:13 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Scanian
Gosh, how long has it been since November 2010? The constant electioneering is overwhelming. Col West is completely respectable. Ye gads, the Left has NO SHAME! But I am being redundant again.
3 posted on 03/15/2011 12:28:35 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Scanian

West will eat him alive.


4 posted on 03/15/2011 12:30:52 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: Scanian

That would be awesome.

Go “West”!


5 posted on 03/15/2011 12:31:33 PM PDT by sipwine
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To: Scanian
Running against Col.Alan West will be no small task..
He can go toe to toe with any democrat..

Only way the dumbocrat can win is with no debates..
Any debates West will KILL HIM/her..

6 posted on 03/15/2011 12:32:08 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Scanian

I love when DemocRATs pontificate about how “extremist right-wingers” are “dividing” the country when division of the country is their MO. Who else pits young against old, men against women, poor against rich, black against white, etc? That is how these people gain and maintain their power by keeping the country divided and angry at one another.


7 posted on 03/15/2011 12:32:25 PM PDT by Sister_T ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: Scanian
"I love my country"

Apparently not enough to serve in its military....as Col. West did.

8 posted on 03/15/2011 12:32:43 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: Scanian
...a 28-year-old accountant who is making his first run for public office.

Wow. The Rats are pulling out all the stops. This accountant Leftist should really be able to stand up to the meek and timid West during a debate. Hilarious. The rest of the potential challengers look like hack backbenchers as well.

9 posted on 03/15/2011 12:34:11 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Scanian

Patrick Murphy sounds like a racist to me.


10 posted on 03/15/2011 12:34:16 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Niteranger68

“I love my country”

And he would love those Congressional perks even more.

Jumps right in hollering about divisiveness, which of course is what he is pushing.


11 posted on 03/15/2011 12:36:57 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: originalbuckeye

“The constant electioneering is overwhelming.”

You are right. But what is the solution?

The 24 hour news cycle and 4 cable news networks have as much to do with it as anything. They’ve got to fill all that time with something and electoral speculation is one way to so it.

Of course, this Murphy actually joined the fray and was not the object of speculation. He is just answwering the ‘Rat Party’s call to take out Allen.

Well, Allen can take care of himself but we can use him more right now to add some conservatim to the Senate. DeMint wants more company and Rubio would like a conservative stablemate from Florida, I’m sure.

Plus Bill Nelson just sucks.


12 posted on 03/15/2011 12:37:35 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: originalbuckeye

This constant campaigning is why I have changed my party affiliation from Republicrat to Monarchist.

Now. Where could we find a truly great king?


13 posted on 03/15/2011 12:37:51 PM PDT by IbJensen (Grab your pitchforks!)
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To: avacado

My thoughts precisely.

Except that GOP party membership has effectively stripped the Lt. Col. of his black identity.


14 posted on 03/15/2011 12:39:42 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: bkepley
With Fava beans and fine Chianti.

Thup, thup, thup

15 posted on 03/15/2011 12:39:57 PM PDT by katana
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To: ozzymandus

It also means he refuses to live on the plantation.


16 posted on 03/15/2011 12:41:01 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: originalbuckeye
Gosh, how long has it been since November 2010? The constant electioneering is overwhelming. Col West is completely respectable. Ye gads, the Left has NO SHAME! But I am being redundant again.

Maybe he knows about the multiple billions of Democrat Slush Fund money from TARP and Porkulus; maybe he knows that whoever gets the nod to run get a nice thick slice of roast Porkulus.

17 posted on 03/15/2011 12:41:47 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: sipwine; bkepley

I say let some other conservative try to hold that district.

The House should be in good shape for a while.

The Senate is the fly in the ointment. We could use West there to go after one of the 20-odd Dems up for re-election.

He can beat Nelson hands down.

And a standing US Senator would be a far more worthy challenge for the Lt. Col. to debate than some unknown, 28 year-old accountant.


18 posted on 03/15/2011 12:44:52 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scanian; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; JulieRNR21; Impy; BillyBoy

Allen West is a charismatic candidate and unless he gets shafted by redistricting (very unlikely), I think he’s the favorite.


19 posted on 03/15/2011 12:45:57 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Scanian

Why is Patrick Murphy such a racist?


20 posted on 03/15/2011 12:46:36 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: bkepley
West will eat him alive.

From chump to chum in the first debate. West would scare the "P" out of him...

21 posted on 03/15/2011 12:48:34 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (I am declaring 2011 the year of ME.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

“The rest of the potential challengers look like hack backbenchers”

Sadly, that also describes the present field of GOP challengers for Nelson’s Senate seat. Unless Allen West jumps in, that is!

West is needed more in the Senate than in the House.

Too soon for Westto talk about the presidency but just in time to take out that worthless liberal, Bill Nelson.


22 posted on 03/15/2011 12:49:24 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: IbJensen
Now. Where could we find a truly great king?

The problem isn't finding the king. The problem is you eventually get stuck with his half-wit offspring ruling you.

23 posted on 03/15/2011 12:50:10 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Hu's your daddy)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Florida has some of the most gerrymandered districts in the nation.

I suspect the Governor and the legislature will redraw in a way that is pleasing for fine Congressmen like Lt. Col. Alan West.


24 posted on 03/15/2011 12:51:48 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Hu's your daddy)
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To: thecabal

He’s a liberal isn’t he?

Those creeps are obsessed by race and will not “allow” a black conservative with a mind of his own to be in Congress if they can help it.


25 posted on 03/15/2011 12:53:06 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: NeoCaveman

Oh, I forgot someone like Bonnie Prince Charlie; however, that’s a limited monarchy with the left usually in charge.


26 posted on 03/15/2011 12:53:43 PM PDT by IbJensen (Grab your pitchforks!)
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To: thecabal

Exactly. He is demeaning one of Eric Holder’s people...


27 posted on 03/15/2011 12:54:12 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

West or no West, that part of the state is in serious need of redistricting. To call it gerrymandered is an understatement. More like a bowl of spaghetti.

Rick Scott is procrastinating about it. He made “clean” congressional districts a campaign promise and now he is acting like a standard-issue politician about it.


28 posted on 03/15/2011 12:56:26 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Impy

Arghh! These Murphys are like a game of whack-a-mole. As soon as you get rid of one or two of them, others pop back up.


29 posted on 03/15/2011 12:57:15 PM PDT by randita
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To: Scanian

Well, I guess it is okay, as long as he doesn’t try to blow sunshine up the Colonel’s butt...


30 posted on 03/15/2011 1:07:34 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Scanian

Dems are going to waste time and money here West is awesome and an intelligent and straight shooter. Nelson is history whether West challenges him or not.


31 posted on 03/15/2011 1:10:04 PM PDT by vicar7
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To: Scanian

Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer my accountants to be so far to the right they almost fall off the face of the earth and will toil into the wee small hours of the night looking for a way to deprive the beast of every last cent of mine that they can.


32 posted on 03/15/2011 1:13:41 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Madame Dufarge

I agree. That was my major. But the Dhimmis need somebody who knows how to cook the books, don’t they?


33 posted on 03/15/2011 1:16:14 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: vicar7

Have you seen the slate of GOP nobodies who want to run?

The only pubbie who beats Nelson in the polls is Jeb Bush and we do not need that RINO! He’ll end up following McCain around the Hill with Miss Lindsey.

Good thing Jeb says he’s not interested.

(West was not included in any of the pols)


34 posted on 03/15/2011 1:20:42 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scanian

wEst is a threat because he could be a presdential contender


35 posted on 03/15/2011 1:23:08 PM PDT by truthbetold11 (truthbetold11)
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To: Scanian
LTC West is destined for more. Representative challenger? BRING IT ON!

honest conservative had a wonderful interview with him on her Sunday night Blogspot net radio program, Freedom Radio. Check out the podcast!

He was so relaxed, so well spoken - as he always is, and so in touch with real America! No teleprompters need apply!

He was toward the end and talked about the things he mentioned on an interview earlier on FOX.

A REAL AMERICAN! Presidential timber!

36 posted on 03/15/2011 1:25:03 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt The Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Scanian
There is that, kind of like Al Qaeda encouraging people to enlist in the U. S. military for the training.
37 posted on 03/15/2011 1:31:04 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: truthbetold11

I’m sure he will be just that in a few years.

But he could use some seasoning in Congress like everybody else.

I want to see him go for the Senate because the ‘Rats will go positively berserk to keep him from taking Nelson’s seat.

Can you imagine Florida having TWO minority conservatives as senators?

And the GOP will stand to take over the majority in the Senate if they can get outstanding candidates like West to run in ‘12.

I guarantee you, the ‘Rats can’t handle the thought of it for a second! Talk about their worst nightmare!


38 posted on 03/15/2011 1:31:04 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Madame Dufarge

Judging from the way they doctored up the numbers on Obamacare and their budgets, I’d say they’ve done some intense studying. Jake Guzik couldn’t do any better.


39 posted on 03/15/2011 1:35:13 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: avacado

“Patrick Murphy sounds like a racist to me.”

B-b-but how can that be, when the reporter called him a “dark horse”? Ooooh, the REPORTER is racist! ah-HAH!

Colonel, USAFR


40 posted on 03/15/2011 1:39:26 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Scanian
Well, at least Greasy Thumb wasn't laboring to give the government more money; hence he was more honorable...:-)
41 posted on 03/15/2011 1:41:02 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Madame Dufarge

Correct! He was a tax rebel, wasn’t he?


42 posted on 03/15/2011 1:44:12 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scanian
West or no West, that part of the state is in serious need of redistricting. To call it gerrymandered is an understatement. More like a bowl of spaghetti.
Rick Scott is procrastinating about it. He made “clean” congressional districts a campaign promise and now he is acting like a standard-issue politician about it.
Have the census data been published? If not, it's a bit early to know how many districts FL has - and thus, it's too early to come out with new district lines.

43 posted on 03/15/2011 1:57:48 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; fieldmarshaldj

A liberal Democrat congressional candidate named “Patrick Murphy”? *Another* one? We just got rid of liberal Democrat Congressman Patrick Murphy from PA-08 and liberal Democrat Congressman Scott Murphy from NY-20, and hopefully we’ll beat liberal Democrat Congressman Chris Murphy from CT-05 when he runs for the Senate in 2012.


44 posted on 03/15/2011 1:58:34 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


45 posted on 03/15/2011 2:05:24 PM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Scanian
Congress critter West gets my first 2012 campaign donation.

This is a man of honor, and I'd love to see him walk into a meeting with a {permit in his pocket} and pistol on his hip.

46 posted on 03/15/2011 2:06:23 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: USS Alaska

Better a congress critter than a congress creep.

The meeting he should “come heavy” to like that would be the Black Congressional Caucus, of which he is a member much to the chagrin of the rest.

He might find it came in handy.


47 posted on 03/15/2011 2:10:25 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

That’s very true about the census.

I’m talking about campaign promises. In January, some legislators tried to pin Scott down about his redistricting intentions and he backed off.

He has been unexpectedly good in a number of areas. I hope that when the time comes he regains his zeal for ending gerrymandering.


48 posted on 03/15/2011 2:14:18 PM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scanian

‘Can you imagine Florida having TWO minority conservatives as senators?’

Don’t like to put things in racial terms, but if you add in the Governor and the Lt. Governor, the four top GOP leaders in Florida would be a white man an hispanic man, a black man, and a black woman — a rainbow coalition`!


49 posted on 03/15/2011 2:32:04 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable -- Daniel Webster)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Don’t like to put things in racial terms, but if you add in the Governor and the Lt. Governor, the four top GOP leaders in Florida would be a white man an hispanic man, a black man, and a black woman — a rainbow coalition`!

LOL! I'd LOVE it!

50 posted on 03/15/2011 2:47:17 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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