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I will take no further action to contest this election.(Allen West)
Facebook ^ | 11-20-2012 | Allen West

Posted on 11/20/2012 9:22:03 AM PST by smoothsailing

I will take no further action to contest this election.

by Allen West on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 3:18am ·

For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process. While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.

While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend's recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election.

While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change. Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask my generous supporters to help fund a drawn-out, expensive legal effort with little chance of success. Therefore, we will not contest the certification or challenge the seating of Congressman-elect Murphy.

Serving the people in the House of Representatives has been among the highest honors of my life, but this seat does not belong to me, or for that matter, to any individual. It belongs to the people.

I want to congratulate my opponent, Patrick Murphy, as the new Congressman from the 18th Congressional District. I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.

I must thank my wife Angela, and my daughters Aubrey and Austen for their support, patience, understanding and most of all, love. These are three of the toughest women I know. They have sent me off to defend our nation overseas at war, and to Capitol Hill to serve our nation in the House of Representatives. They have all handled the challenges of these last few months, and the last many years, with amazing grace. I know they will be by my side for whatever is our next chapter.

I want to thank my congressional and campaign staff for their service, and most importantly, I want to thank all of our tremendous supporters who provided their time and money to power our campaign. I am humbled by the dedication and perseverance of our supporters, and their commitment to a free and prosperous America. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for our campaign, but most importantly, what they have done, and will continue to do for our country. None of us should let the outcome discourage us. We should only redouble our resolve.

Above all, I want to thank God for his blessings, and for blessing me with the opportunity to serve.

Only God knows what is in store for each of us. I have dedicated my life to serving this nation, and the results of this election will not change my purpose. Just as I did in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, just as I did on Capitol Hill, I will continue to fight for our Republic.

Our nation will not overcome our challenges overnight, and the road ahead for each one of us will not be easy. But this nation would never have become that shining beacon of light if our founders had chosen the easy path 236 years ago. We all must proudly continue their legacy.

For the protection and preservation of our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, I shall remain steadfast and loyal. God bless you and God bless these United States of America

TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: allenwest; votefraud
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To: Longbow1969

While I agree overall, I think we do have some real vote fraud problems and voter integrity issues to deal with. We see these situations in several big cities where the party observers are forced out for a few hours. We see precincts with murals and posters with the Democratic candidate on the wall, and workers wearing Obama hats. With early voting and absentee and less than desirable voter ID laws, it is more than certain that individuals are voting multiple times. All of these things together do have an impact.

In looking at 2012, however, I don’t feel these things are the primary reason the results came out the way they did. We have a woefully ill-informed public, an opposition with better campaign management, and a party apparatus on our side that is not only behind the times with modern campaign strategies, but very poor at message management and media coordination. This also puts aside the wall of opposition we have to overcome in popular, entertainment and online media. It is a real mess, and vote integrity was a distant problem from these.

21 posted on 11/20/2012 9:50:07 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: lone star annie
I bet there were plenty of illegals voting and people who cast mulitiple ballots to win this election for BHO and Murphy.

So basically, you have a hunch. That's it. No evidence, just a hunch. Coincidentally, the same hunch Democrats get when they lose elections and blame their defeats on voter fraud.

We did not get our butts kicked this past election day because of voter fraud. Are there some instances of it each election cycle? Sure. Do we want to investigate and keep the process clean? Absolutely. Did we get our clocks cleaned because of voter fraud? Not.Even.Close. We lost because more and more Americans are dependent and are voting for the party that offers them more free stuff. We are going to have to face that demographics are getting away from us and soon we may not even be able to win places like Texas. Every minute spent blaming voter fraud is a wasted minute that could be used facing up to the real problems we face and coming up with a strategy to at least try to turn things around.

22 posted on 11/20/2012 9:50:45 AM PST by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969
So can we finally shelve the "we lost because of vote fraud" conspiracies?


Every moment good people cling to that fantasy is an additional day we are not honing our message and election strategy going forward.

I'm not sure anymore whether people actually want to move forward. It's so much more fun to pour endless effort into the conspiracy theories.

23 posted on 11/20/2012 9:54:14 AM PST by Jeff Winston
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To: smoothsailing

I don’t think there’s much question that there was massive fraud. Otherwise the Dem authorities wouldn’t have dragged their feet like they did, or played all those other games.

I think he withdrew for the reasons he gives. His lawyers concluded that there was no chance to win. He might have his own observors, but the election officials, supervisors, and judges in the courts are probably all corrupt, so the effort would be wasted.

As we have seen over the years, who is more corrupt than a Florida Judge in one of those liberal districts? And that’s where it would all end up—under the gavel of a crooked judge.

24 posted on 11/20/2012 9:54:52 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Slyfox

My short booklet on vote fraud and how to fight it:

Report on 2010 election and new fraud methods:

More vote fraud methods:

25 posted on 11/20/2012 9:57:49 AM PST by darth
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To: smoothsailing
Disappointing to say the least but I can see Rep. West's point and he's young enough to serve our country and the Conservative cause in the future.

Gertrude Walker is a sorry excuse for Supervisor of Elections, I wonder if she'll make an unexpected recovery from whatever her problem was now that Allen West has made this announcement?

Thanks for keeping up on this and posting your threads from the beginning.

26 posted on 11/20/2012 10:06:11 AM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: onyx
He has great friends! :)

27 posted on 11/20/2012 10:08:26 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Unlike many, this real man fought and now steps aside with honor.

I admire Congressman West and I know that we have not seen the last of him.

Allen West, thank you for your brave and honorable service to God and Country.

28 posted on 11/20/2012 10:10:46 AM PST by Gator113 (WHO gave the order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?)
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To: smoothsailing

What was the final net gain from the partial recount?

29 posted on 11/20/2012 10:15:58 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: smoothsailing

Hope he comes back.

31 posted on 11/20/2012 10:21:26 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: jazusamo

I don’t think anyone will keep Allen West down for long.

As for ‘ole Gerty, she’s been exposed as a fraud and a probable crook.

That means she’ll be invited to the White House and offered a Cabinet position or Ambassadorship. After being paraded around the Capitol on the shoulders of the Congressional Black Caucus, of course.

32 posted on 11/20/2012 10:24:17 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: LibFreeUSA
The country is becoming a “nation of children”.

What do you mean "becoming"?

33 posted on 11/20/2012 10:29:20 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: Ohioan

It was disallowed because it wasn’t submitted on time for certification. It showed an approximate gain of 260 votes for Murphy, but it was so tainted with anomalies and glitches it was highly suspect in terms of accuracy.

34 posted on 11/20/2012 10:29:36 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Seen on a New Hampshire bumper sticker:

“Our ancestors would be shooting by now.”

35 posted on 11/20/2012 10:39:35 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: ElectionInspector

There’s a part of the whole fraud claim I am puzzled by, perhaps you can help.

Why, if the Ds can perpetuate this massive fraud, is the GOP still in control of the House?

36 posted on 11/20/2012 10:46:29 AM PST by dmz
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To: Longbow1969

I agree but I think it is a combination of both demographics and cheating just for insurance.

37 posted on 11/20/2012 10:47:15 AM PST by lone star annie
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To: bassmaner


38 posted on 11/20/2012 11:01:54 AM PST by carton253
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To: bassmaner


39 posted on 11/20/2012 11:02:02 AM PST by carton253
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To: smoothsailing
Thanks! But what about that initial partial recount, that led to a several hundred vote swing, out of a small sample, to West?

Secondly, is the State investigating the possibility of actual criminal activity in the County, where the suspicious count took place? I can understand the Congressman's decision, based upon the information his lawyers obtained. But if there were a couple of hundred fraudulent votes, or deliberately miscounted votes, the State ought to investigate fully. That is another question, altogether.

William Flax

40 posted on 11/20/2012 11:03:42 AM PST by Ohioan
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