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Allen West thanks supporters, vows to make voice heard after leaving Congress(Monday Night BBQ)
The Palm Beach Post ^ | 11-26-2012 | George Bennett

Posted on 11/28/2012 3:25:16 PM PST by smoothsailing

November 26, 2012

Allen West thanks supporters, vows to make voice heard after leaving Congress

By George Bennett

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

STUART — A defeated but upbeat U.S. Rep. Allen West told hundreds of supporters that he’ll continue to be a “voice” in politics during a gathering Monday night.

West, a tea party favorite whose fiery rhetoric brought him national followers and critics, lost by less than 1 percent to Democrat Patrick Murphy in a bitter, expensive race for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast House District 18 seat.

With irregularities in St. Lucie County’s vote count leading to partial recounts and court challenges, West didn’t concede the race until last week.

Between 200 and 300 West supporters crowded into his campaign headquarters Monday for barbecue and thanks from the one-term congressman. In classic West fashion, the retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel’s remarks included references to three military battles (Chosin Reservoir in 1950, the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and the Battle of Trenton in 1776) and a quote from Thomas Paine.

“Leaders don’t need a title to be able to lead. They can continue to stand up for the principles and values that make this the longest-running constitutional republic that the world has ever known. So you will not see my voice disappearing,” West, R-Palm Beach Gardens, said, drawing loud applause.

He read Paine’s “These are the times that try men’s souls” quote and professed his faith in America.

“We will overcome this fiscal crisis. We will overcome this energy independence crisis. We will defeat the enemies that want to destroy us and our best ally in the world that is Israel. We will be triumphant. The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph will be,” West said.

“So don’t come here tonight crying over your barbecue. Come here tonight and understand that at this place at this time there will be an awakening that will go forth all across the United States of America and you can tell your children that on the 26th of November 2012 that you stood here right where it began.”

Cindy Lucas of the Martin 912 Tea Party Committee encouraged the group to be ready to “help Allen if he wants to run again — and we’re all crossing our fingers.”

The crowd applauded and West smiled.

State Rep. Gayle Harrell, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008, said she’s received “lots of phone calls” about running in 2014 but suggested she and other Republicans would step aside if West decided to run.

“Allen West is the man of the hour,” said Harrell, R-Stuart.

Several West loyalists said they’d like to see the congressman challenge Murphy in two years, but Julia Webster of Stuart had even higher hopes.

“The guy as far as I’m concerned is the perfect candidate,” Webster said. “I would push him for president. Really.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
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PHOTO BY HOBIE HILER-TCPALM

Allen West hugs long time supporter Inez Murray, of Plantation, during a barbecue hosted by West for his supporters at the West Campaign Headquarters in Stuart on Monday. "It wasn't just about the barbecue, it was to see Allen and show him that we still support him," said Murray.

A new start for Rep. Allen West? (Jack Kelly-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

1 posted on 11/28/2012 3:25:22 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

When America restores our constitutional republic, there’ll be plenty of room for Allen West and others of his kind and caliber—and work to be done, too.


2 posted on 11/28/2012 3:29:26 PM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: smoothsailing

LTC West is a great American...perhaps he should look into talk radio.


3 posted on 11/28/2012 3:30:05 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: Standing Wolf
“Leaders don’t need a title to be able to lead. ..."

Echo of Sarah Palin! My 2016 Dream Team...


4 posted on 11/28/2012 3:35:07 PM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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To: WVKayaker
PREFECT !©

5 posted on 11/28/2012 3:36:26 PM PST 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: smoothsailing

God bless and keep him.
True patriot warrior.


6 posted on 11/28/2012 3:38:56 PM PST 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: Standing Wolf

Our Constitutional Republic is not going to be restored except by bloodshed. At this point in time, the Republican Party has no use for and does not want in its rakks people of the caliber of Allen West and Sarah Palin to name two.


7 posted on 11/28/2012 3:39:22 PM PST by sport
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To: WVKayaker

What a team they would make!


8 posted on 11/28/2012 3:39:56 PM PST by FES0844
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To: smoothsailing

Another fine Conservative stabbed in the back by the crooked, decrepit GOP-E.


9 posted on 11/28/2012 3:40:57 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: smoothsailing

I wish West would team up with Palin and the two of them formally launch a TEA PARTY, allowing us to get rid of the RINO Party.


10 posted on 11/28/2012 3:42:45 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: smoothsailing

Allen West is a patriot and man of honor, we haven’t seen the last of him by a long shot.


11 posted on 11/28/2012 3:43:19 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Standing Wolf

That they did not re-elect Allen West with overwhelming numbers, only shows how sick the country is. As a Texan, I do not feel that my contribution to his re-election campaign in Florida was my loss.


12 posted on 11/28/2012 3:44:16 PM PST by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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To: Cheerio
I wish West would team up with Palin and the two of them formally launch a TEA PARTY, allowing us to get rid of the RINO Party.

My better half would serve me papers as I work my @$$ off to make it happen when they say "go"..

They would have so many ground volunteers the GOP's head would spin knowing they are done....

13 posted on 11/28/2012 3:45:34 PM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: jazusamo

He will be back and when he returns he will come back in victory —ready and willing to restore the Republic. More and more it looks like we may have to work underground before we can over though the corrupt Emperor and the evil crew.


14 posted on 11/28/2012 3:48:42 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: WVKayaker

They’ve been my Dream Team for a long time. Let’s just secede and elect them ourselves!


15 posted on 11/28/2012 3:50:22 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: jazusamo; onyx

“No one articulates conservative principles better than Allen West. No other potential contender has his military experience, or demonstrated so much character under fire. His term in the House adds breadth to his life experience.

When God shuts a door, He opens a window, Allen West believes. Losing his House seat may be God’s way of telling Mr. West it’s time to move to a larger stage.”

Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/12332/1279902-373.stm#ixzz2DZ23U1EP


16 posted on 11/28/2012 3:51:06 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Standing Wolf

“Constitutional”? Just curious ‘Wolf, what are your thoughts on the Nazi Germany style, anti-American constitution, NDAA bill (Indefinite arrest/detention of American citizens here at home by our own military for any ‘terrorist’ type reasons the Feds come up with, no trial, no attorney, no due process, indefinitely) that was passed by our fearless leaders in DC?


17 posted on 11/28/2012 4:00:36 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: ilovesarah2012
They’ve been my Dream Team for a long time. Let’s just secede and elect them ourselves!<\i>

I'm on some WhiteHut list for signingtwo secession petitions. I'd work every day for them, if they would show the desire to run. Tho many naysayers want to pan her, IMHO, they would sweep the conservatives, moderates, and lots of women.

I'd just love to see all those talking heads explode! Those two would make a difference to our country, restoring true hope and making a drastic change...

18 posted on 11/28/2012 4:00:50 PM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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To: smoothsailing; onyx
"Because he's devoted his life to serving his country, Allen West is not wealthy. Conservatives who are should create an organization that could pay Mr. West about $250,000 a year, and send him around the country to bring the conservative message to people who don't normally hear it."

An excellent piece and the above excerpt is dead on the mark.

19 posted on 11/28/2012 4:05:46 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: smoothsailing

I suppose that the GOP establishment is now breathing a sigh of relief. Now, they can go about the business of capitulating to the democrats in the way they have grown accustomed. They really did not want to have someone who was serious about conservative principles in office. It makes the rest of them look bad.


20 posted on 11/28/2012 4:17:51 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Cheerio
"I wish West would team up with Palin and the two of them formally launch a TEA PARTY, allowing us to get rid of the RINO Party."

Prior to Nov. 6, 2012....I would have politely disagreed with you, probably bowing to the sovereignty of the two reigning parties that have unimaginable might (read: $$$, history).

Now..........I'm 100% with you. I'd vote for that ticket, third party, in a heartbeat. Screw the GOP. They've lost me.

21 posted on 11/28/2012 4:18:37 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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22 posted on 11/28/2012 4:20:29 PM PST by RedMDer (Please support Toys for Tots this CHRISTmas season.)
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To: Standing Wolf

not going to happen..we they have control of the voting booths..


23 posted on 11/28/2012 4:29:09 PM PST by dalebert
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To: WVKayaker

We have been having the same dream.


24 posted on 11/28/2012 4:41:40 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: jazusamo; onyx

I like the idea! Good for Jack Kelly.

Sheldon Adelson is a big fan of Col. West and has been a big contributor.

http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2012-10-26/adelsons-go-west-in-florida-with-1-million-to-back-tea-party-favorite/


25 posted on 11/28/2012 4:55:45 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: bobby.223

“Constitutional”? Just curious ‘Wolf, what are your thoughts on the Nazi Germany style, anti-American constitution, NDAA bill (Indefinite arrest/detention of American citizens here at home by our own military for any ‘terrorist’ type reasons the Feds come up with, no trial, no attorney, no due process, indefinitely) that was passed by our fearless leaders in DC?


That is what 223 steel core sabots loaded on a .30 cal magnum are for, they will blow right through body armor.
All it takes is a few percent willing to take out a few of them before they die to destroy them.
There are way more of us than theme


26 posted on 11/28/2012 5:04:38 PM PST by RBK
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To: smoothsailing

I hope he stays in the fray because it’s about to get ugly in this country and we’re going to need leaders like LTC Allen West. We’re with you sir!


27 posted on 11/28/2012 5:04:52 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: jazusamo; smoothsailing

I concur!


28 posted on 11/28/2012 5:11:35 PM PST 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: 3Fingas
I suppose that the GOP establishment is now breathing a sigh of relief. Now, they can go about the business of capitulating to the democrats in the way they have grown accustomed. They really did not want to have someone who was serious about conservative principles in office. It makes the rest of them look bad.

More to the point, it shuts off the gravy train spigot for them, too. They've come to enjoy the inside-the-beltway perks.

29 posted on 11/28/2012 5:12:31 PM PST by COBOL2Java (GOPe: Already prepping for their 2016 loss - Jeb Bush!)
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To: smoothsailing; jazusamo

Let’s pray they still have faith in him.
They should. They’re patriots!


30 posted on 11/28/2012 5:13:29 PM PST 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: FlingWingFlyer

With you, 100%


31 posted on 11/28/2012 5:33:48 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: smoothsailing

Allen West should move to my county; he would certainly be welcomed here and would fit right in with the conservatives in Marion County.


32 posted on 11/28/2012 5:34:07 PM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: WVKayaker

I SECOND that emotion!!!!!


33 posted on 11/28/2012 5:39:53 PM PST by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: WVKayaker

Did Allen West, at one time, say something negative about Sarah Palin?

(I have this thing stuck in the back of my head that he did, I just want to remove it if he didn’t because that’s the only thing I have against him.)


34 posted on 11/28/2012 5:41:57 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: taildragger

“My better half would serve me papers as I work my @$$ off to make it happen when they say “go”..”

I’ll go you one better - my better half will JOIN me, and we will both work our asses off to make it happen!!!


35 posted on 11/28/2012 5:48:09 PM PST by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: smoothsailing

Really going to miss LTC West giving the establishment a piece of his mind. I always enjoyed knowing that they were all popping Tums whenever he came out against what they wanted to vote for. Hope and Pray to see him back soon.


36 posted on 11/28/2012 5:50:53 PM PST by marygam (I have extra ducktape for anyone who needs to wrap their head.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

With you, 100%


37 posted on 11/28/2012 5:57:02 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Timber Rattler

Bump!


38 posted on 11/28/2012 6:25:42 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: RightOnline

‘..the GOP. They’ve lost me...’

Ditto.


39 posted on 11/28/2012 7:00:13 PM PST by 4integrity
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To: smoothsailing
Cannot wait to hear him roar. Repub Leadership had better listen up, as well.

God know; Repubs need fearless voices; and men of courage.

40 posted on 11/28/2012 7:24:07 PM PST by cricket
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To: bobby.223
Just curious ‘Wolf, what are your thoughts on the Nazi Germany style, anti-American constitution, NDAA bill (Indefinite arrest/detention of American citizens here at home by our own military for any ‘terrorist’ type reasons the Feds come up with, no trial, no attorney, no due process, indefinitely) that was passed by our fearless leaders in DC?

It's another blatantly obvious violation of the Constition by our so-called "leaders," many of whom, frankly, belong in prison cells.

41 posted on 11/28/2012 9:08:17 PM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: Standing Wolf

It sounds like you know the bill well and feel as strongly as I do about it. No matter how the ‘RATS spin it, when the day is done our, own darn military can be tasked by the Fed. to detain, arrest, incarcerate indefinitely, ordinary American citizens with no attorney, no judge, no trial, no due process for simply being labeled a ‘terrorist’ by someone in power. (Remember, Biden called the Tea Party terrorists!!!). This NDAA bill is 100% Nazi Germany.........and ALLEN WEST VOTED FOR THIS NDAA BILL!!!! He supported it! Unbelievable!!! He was my guy until I found out about his ‘AYE’ vote for the NDAA. (He will be again if he walks back that AYE vote, admit his mistake, and ask that we all move on. Heck, everyone screws up, he did on the NDAA.) I was for a Sarha/West ticket in ‘16 but not any longer.


42 posted on 11/28/2012 9:28:46 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: smoothsailing

Is there any truth to the rumor that Georga GOP is trying to recruit him to run for a House seat in his home State?


43 posted on 11/28/2012 9:50:40 PM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Ayn Rand warned us about)
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To: smoothsailing

BTTT


44 posted on 11/29/2012 3:58:01 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: shove_it

Sure, there’s truth to the rumor. However, West has no interest in moving, says his family is settled and they like South Florida.

Funny quote from West:

“I’m not an NFL free agent”

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/allen-west-georgia-im-not-nfl-free-agent


45 posted on 11/29/2012 9:50:27 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: onyx
God bless and keep him.

True patriot warrior.

Amen.

Heartbreaking that we lost this fine man in the House. I hope he runs again...

46 posted on 11/29/2012 9:57:46 AM PST by nutmeg
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To: bobby.223; Standing Wolf

Today in the Senate...

http://pjmedia.com/blog/feinstein-tea-party-sen-lee-wage-war-on-obamas-indefinite-detention-powers/


47 posted on 11/29/2012 11:19:56 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Hey smooth. Feinstein and the Tea Party? Stay tuned on this huh? It is beyond pathetic that this nazi NDAA was passed in the first place and almost just as bad, along with Allen West, a tremendous amount of ‘republicans’ voted AYE for it!! The NDAA AYE voters have tried to spin the NDAA’s intent as ONLY to be used against ‘terrorists’ or ‘suspected terrorists’. BULL! When it is studied line by line it is clear to anyone who can read just exactly what this is and how/why it will be implemented and used in the near(?) future. I really hope West walks back his support of this NDAA bill and explains why he voted AYE for it in the first place. If he explains it well enough, I think Sarah, West and Rick Perry are gonna be the 3 choices fighting it out for the Repub. nod in 2016.


48 posted on 11/29/2012 11:53:23 AM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: bobby.223
I think we're basically on the same page, bobby. The NDAA can destroy due process.

The NDAA is bad law, because it's language is subject to interpretation. This is most likely what tripped up West. When the wording in legislation means different things to different people, it leaves itself wide open to manipulation. Statists like Obama and his ilk love this kind of legislation. His buddy Holder and his hand picked judges can make this whatever they want it to be. And that can mean the end of ordered liberty.

West, Palin, Perry. I like it. It would give us a fighting chance. But you're right, I want to see the good Colonel walk back his boneheaded vote on the NDAA.

49 posted on 11/29/2012 12:31:19 PM PST by smoothsailing
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