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Allen West in Close, Down and Dirty Florida Race
Newsmax ^ | 10/27/2012 | Andra Varin

Posted on 10/27/2012 7:07:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

As freshman congressman Allen West fights for a second term, he’s facing a surprisingly strong challenge from a Democratic newcomer in one of the most vicious races in the country.

West, a tea party favorite, currently represents Florida’s 22nd District., which covers parts of coastal Palm Beach and Broward counties. But after redistricting he’s moved north to run in the 18th District, which includes Martin and St. Lucie counties and parts of northern Palm Beach County.

The 51-year-old veteran of Desert Storm and the Iraq war is facing Democrat Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old businessman who works for his family's environmental cleanup business.

A conservative firebrand, West has made national headlines for his controversial comments, but Murphy contends he is so extreme he is an embarrassment. The Democrat’s ads have highlighted comments in which West referred to Social Security as “a form of modern, 21st-century slavery,” castigated Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as "vile" and "not a lady,” and complained that progressive women were “neutering American men.”

"When you're spending your time calling people communists or comparing them to Nazis or Marxists, that's no way to get things done," the Democrat said during a debate last week.

"I got into this race in large part because I'm tired of the extremism of the tea party," added Murphy, a former Republican.

West shot back in typical fashion. "I thought we lived in America, where we have freedom of speech and freedom of expression," he said. "I'm not going to be afraid of people just because they get upset at some of the things that are said."

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: allenwest; congress; elections; florida

1 posted on 10/27/2012 7:07:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

LAST SENTENCE IN THE ARTICLE SAYS:

Some polls have shown West with as much as a nine-point lead, while others have found Murphy closing in on the incumbent.


2 posted on 10/27/2012 7:08:03 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If people like West can’t win we are in serious trouble.


3 posted on 10/27/2012 7:10:06 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah I don’t thing this snot nosed lib is going to beat West but the dems are trying as hard as they can. Since Romney is going to carry Florida we hope he has some long coat tails on that nice tux he was wearing at the Al Smith dinner


4 posted on 10/27/2012 7:11:25 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: gorush

The establishment gerrymandered him out of his current district so this is a new district. He’s fighting the system.


5 posted on 10/27/2012 7:12:10 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This race is over. West will win. The DCCC pulled ad funding out of the race last month.


6 posted on 10/27/2012 7:14:06 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: gorush

Not necessarily. Unfortunately, Allen West has been targeted of special importance to lose his seat. The Dems don’t want the word out that Republicans will vote for a black Republican, merely because of his character.

That’s why I’m hoping Republican voters will go all out to ensure his re-election.


7 posted on 10/27/2012 7:14:15 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Everyone is talking about Ohio. Doesn’t Obama need FL to win?


8 posted on 10/27/2012 7:17:05 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: SeekAndFind
If this race is close, America has sunk farther into the sewer than most of us think.
9 posted on 10/27/2012 7:17:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Osama bin Laden is dead, Chrysler moved to Italy and China.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Love that!


10 posted on 10/27/2012 7:19:28 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: SeekAndFind

It would be a damn shame if Florida removes West from the Congress, and returns that lunatic Alan Grayson.

At the very least, Florida better deliver its electoral votes to Romney.


11 posted on 10/27/2012 7:20:55 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: FlingWingFlyer

What the hell is it with Florida that would make this anything but a landslide for West?


12 posted on 10/27/2012 7:23:06 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Vision
Everyone is talking about Ohio. Doesn’t Obama need FL to win?

The Democrats insist they don't but Obama sure is spending allot of time down here.

13 posted on 10/27/2012 7:25:16 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: bigbob

Beats me. This should be a no brainer. A war hero or a drunken punk. I don’t see what the problem is.


14 posted on 10/27/2012 7:25:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Osama bin Laden is dead, Chrysler moved to Italy and China.)
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To: gorush

Not necessarily. The Dems love to pour tons of money and effort into certain high profile races to try and embarrass key Republicans and to shut up others. West, like Palin, takes a lot of fire off of the other Republicans just because of who they are and how bold they speak.

It’s a tough part of reality, but that’s the way it is. I think West wins anyway though - and he’s wasted a lot of Dem money and effort.


15 posted on 10/27/2012 7:27:01 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I guess if we thought like the other side does, we’d say it was racism...


16 posted on 10/27/2012 7:27:32 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I really don’t think this race is close. This is a huge district, so I can’t speak for other areas. However, in my neck of the woods, all I see are West signs and bumper stickers.
BTW, I am living in a liberal nightmare area.....Palm Beach County.


17 posted on 10/27/2012 7:27:40 PM PDT by kara37
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To: SeekAndFind

When Obama had a one point lead the media could not declare the race over fast enough. West has a nine point lead and the story is how the challenger is closing in. They are a disgrace.


18 posted on 10/27/2012 7:39:57 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

That’s called pulling out all the punches. If I were a Democrat running for Congress and my opponent ran an ad like that, I’d jump off a bridge and vanish forever.


19 posted on 10/27/2012 7:40:04 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Jonty30

Can’t wait for Allen West to run for President. Love that guy!!!


20 posted on 10/27/2012 7:53:04 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: savagesusie

I like him as well, but bulldogs are a better fit for Congress.


21 posted on 10/27/2012 8:00:02 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: barmag25
This race is over. West will win. The DCCC pulled ad funding out of the race last month.

How do you know this?

22 posted on 10/27/2012 8:02:25 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx

http://www.therightscoop.com/lt-col-tony-shaffer-my-sources-tell-me-obama-was-in-the-room-watching-benghazi-attack/


23 posted on 10/27/2012 8:07:24 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: onyx

http://atr.rollcall.com/florida-dccc-cancels-buy-against-allen-west/

Sorry first one was wrong link.


24 posted on 10/27/2012 8:09:00 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25
Perfect! Thank you very much !!!!
25 posted on 10/27/2012 8:13:33 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: kara37
kara, please show some respect for the wet blanket brigade. Please don't deny them their pessimism.
26 posted on 10/27/2012 8:16:15 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: Artcore
kara, please show some respect for the wet blanket brigade. Please don't deny them their pessimism.
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Sorry, I'll work on being more pessimistic in the future.

Is this better?

I have only seen hundreds of West signs and bumper stickers in my area, but the people really didn't look like they would actually vote.

27 posted on 10/27/2012 8:43:04 PM PDT by kara37
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe Mitt will appoint West SecDef or SecArmy. On the other hand, West needs to run for governor before he runs for POTUS.


28 posted on 10/27/2012 8:50:21 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: kara37

“Sorry, I’ll work on being more pessimistic in the future.

Is this better?

I have only seen hundreds of West signs and bumper stickers in my area, but the people really didn’t look like they would actually vote.”
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LOL! Now you’re getting with the program! ;-)


29 posted on 10/27/2012 8:53:03 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: onyx

http://m.tcpalm.com/news/2012/oct/18/scripps-poll-shows-west-sizable-lead-over-murphy/

West by 9 in recent poll.


30 posted on 10/27/2012 9:09:22 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

Fabulous! I so want him to win.
Thank you so very much!
I’ll continue praying, regardless. He’s such a good, decent man.


31 posted on 10/27/2012 9:30:52 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: kara37

West lives about a mile down the street from me. The people I talk to love him. And no, they haven’t pulled any of the garbage ads against him - in fact I can’t watch any of my crime shows on CBS without puking. But, West plays just as many. Strange thing though, don’t know if you have, but I haven’t seen ONE ad with Debbie Mayonnaise-Head Schultz these past few months, nor of her opponent.


32 posted on 10/27/2012 9:32:31 PM PDT by time4good
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To: onyx

so it seems Allen has plenty of money doesn’t it?


33 posted on 10/31/2012 10:49:27 AM PDT by cherry
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