Skip to comments.Allen West collects $1.4M, closes in on Ron Klein (Lt. Col. Accused of War Crimes, Gaining in Fla.)
Posted on 08/02/2010 9:47:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Republican Allen Wests campaign will report they collected $1.4 million during the second quarter of 2010, The Palm Beach Post has learned.
That tops the campaigns previous best quarter, which was $838,000 during the first three months of the year.
The totals mean West has collected a total of $3.5 million for his campaign and has $2.2 million on hand.
U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, reported $2.6 million in cash on hand at the end of the first quarter. He has not yet filed his latest report.
While serving in Taji, Iraq, on August 20, 2003, as commander of the 2d Battalion 20th Field Artillery, Lieutenant Colonel West was in charge of an interrogation of a civilian Iraqi police officer who was suspected of having pertinent information regarding attacks on American soldiers. According to the Military Investigation, soldiers under West's supervision assaulted the civilian in an attempt to get him to talk.
West admittedly fired a pistol near the policeman's head, threatened his life, and allowed his troops to physically assault the man.
West, who at the time was just short of having 20 years of service, was charged with violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. West was processed through an Article 32 hearing in November 2003, where he admitted wrongdoing, was fined $5,000 over two months for misconduct and assault. He then submitted his resignation, and was allowed to retire with military honors and full benefits in the summer of 2004.
At a hearing, West was asked by his defense attorney if he would do it again. "If it's about the lives of my men and their safety, I'd go through hell with a gasoline can," he said.
Apparently not knowing West's gun was aimed into a barrel, "Hamoodi cracked and gave information about the planned ambush on West's convoy, thwarting the attack." West said there were no further ambushes on U.S. forces in Taji until he was relieved of his leadership post on October 4."
Hamoodi was detained for 45 days, then released without having been charged. West told the New York Times, "It's possible that I was wrong about Mr. Hamoodi. "After West's resignation was brought to public attention the next fall, he received over two thousand letters and e-mails from the American public offering him moral support. In addition, a letter was drafted to the Secretary of the Army, its signatories being ninety-five members of Congress in West's support.
Ron Klein will be looking for a shovel ready job soon.
HE IS A HERO!!! What are the polls saying about this race? Anybody know?
If he wore his old Batman suit he’d probably get even MORE donations.
Really? Okay... Well, never mind...
Any polling numbers available? Sure hope West is victorious...
The TEA Party should go into FULL SWING SUPPORT of this American hero!
Let’s see what the NAACP sez about that.
Oh, wait, they’ll just dismiss him as a “Tom”, but that’s not “racist”, right?
The latest poll I know of unfortunately, was at the end of April 2010.
Republican Allen Wests poll shows him edging U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, 44-42
See here :
West is supposedly down against Klein, but speaking with Tea Party members and numerous conservatives in his district, it’s very obvious he’s going to win in a landslide. There’s widespread Democrat and liberal malaise.
Allen West was called a war criminal by the anti-Iraq war libs in 2008.
Now, I don’t seem to be reading aboout or hearing the same accusations against him. The Ron Klein camp now calls him a Sarah Palin puppet.
Well, we COULD visit blogs and political web-sites thoughout Florida and the rets of the country, planting a rumor that his opponent has a sordid racist past; we could even “leak” that his nickname at his fraternity during college was “Ku Klux Klein”.
But that would be wrong...
I really like Col. West!
We need a whole battalion of guys just like him in Congress.
What warcrimes did he commit?? Probably looked cross-eyed at AQ?
ON Allen West’s POLICIES alone, we know that he is the right man for the job.
ALAN WEST ON THE ISSUES
RESTORING AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM
Under the Congressional Democrats’ watch, Floridas unemployment rate has skyrocketed to a staggering 12%, our foreclosure rate is the 3rd highest in the country, and the national debt has grown to unprecedented levels. As your Congressman, I will curb out of control Government spending, I will work towards across the board tax cuts, I will fight tirelessly to bring jobs back to South Florida.
We must realize that American Exceptionalism depends on a strong and robust economy, which means that the fight begins here at home.
If we are serious about fixing our economy, then we must get back to basics.
First, our tax code must be redefined. I support transitioning from the progressive tax to a flat tax system- both individual and corporate/business.
Second, we must understand that the true strength of our economy lies within small businesses, and as elected leaders in Congress, we have an obligation to support small business growth through tax cuts and incentives.
Finally we need to challenge the status quo in Washington and stop the floodgates of government spending.
In the last two years alone, Democrats have quadrupled the deficit, thanks in large part to the failed stimulus package. Factoring in the recent passage of the healthcare bill, the deficit is projected to increase by $9.3 trillion over the next decade. As your Congressman, I will carry the torch of conservative, small government principles with me to Washington.
Peace Through Strength:
The Preamble of the Constitution of the United States defines the Federal Governments role in providing for the common defense of our great country. It is not only the primary mission of our government, but the most important obligation our elected leaders have upon accepting the oath of office. As a 22-year Army Veteran who served in Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, and as a Civilian Advisor to the Afghan Army in Operation Enduring Freedom, I understand both the gravity of giving the order, and the challenge of carrying it out.
Make no mistake, we are a nation at war against a totalitarian theocratic political ideology that glorifies death rather than celebrating life. To defeat it, we must stay on the offensive. From Afghanistan and Iraq to the Greater Middle East and South America, radical Islam is on the march. And while our attention is focused on combating global terrorism, we must not forget other looming threats just on the horizon in China, North Korea, Venezuela, Russia & Iran. These nations and their leaders represent the biggest threat to our great nation. As your Congressman, I will work to reestablish American Exceptionalism by growing and modernizing Americas Armed forces to ensure that we are prepared for the strategic challenges ahead. Like President Reagan, I believe that peace is best kept through a strong national defense.
Energy Independence is critical for the future and legacy of our great country. In the late 1970s we were importing some 18-20% of our energy resources. Today we are importing close to 65% of our energy resources from foreign sources. Due to this increased reliance on foreign energy supplies, terrorists have found a great source of funding through petro-dollars emanating from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Libya.
Now is the time to make America energy-independent by encouraging the indomitable spirit of American ingenuity and developing our FULL SPECTRUM of energy resources.
That means that we must invest in oil, natural gas, clean coal, nuclear, hydrogen, cost-effective bio-fuels, wind, and solar (research, exploration, refinement, and development). We must encourage and support private companies to invest in all of these energy alternatives.
America must look at energy independence much the same as having a diversified investment portfolio built upon the solid foundation of proven methods in both energy extraction and economic development.
The Constitution of the United States of America has these three mandates; ensure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, and provide for the common defense. All three of these directives relate to the issue of illegal immigration, as illegal immigration adversely affects our economy, jobs, national security, crime levels, education, and healthcare.
Illegal immigration also allows human traffickers, drug runners, and Islamic terrorists who are exploiting our porous border.
Quite simply, federal laws already on the book aimed at stopping the flow of illegal immigration must be enforced. Furthermore, states must be given the resources necessary to confront the problem, which includes strengthening the border patrol.
When dealing with illegal immigration, the answer is simple; enforce Constitutional mandates, and you will protect Floridians and the American people.
Recent developments in the Israel are disturbing, and unfortunately predictable. Since 2009, the Obama Administration has shown an unprecedented disregard for the sovereignty of the State of Israel Americas strongest ally. Whether browbeating Israel for building homes in their rightful capitol, or disrespecting Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House, President Obama has clearly demonstrated that he is no friend of the Jewish State.
Liberals in Congress have provided nothing but lip service while the rest of the world continues to condemn this nations right to defend itself against continued terror and aggression by Hamas a terror organization whose very charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel and its supporters. In the days and weeks ahead, our friends in Israel, the only true and stable democracy in the Middle East, need more than words from Americas leaders. Above all, the Jewish State needs stronger representation in Congress and a solid voice that will not be afraid to stand up to the Obama Administrations appeasement of Islamic terrorism. As a combat veteran who has faced our common enemy, my commitment to Israel will rise above mere statements of support.
RE: What warcrimes did he commit??
Lt. Col. Allen West was charged with violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
West was processed through an Article 32 hearing in November 2003, where he admitted wrongdoing, was fined $5,000 over two months for misconduct and assault. He then submitted his resignation, and was allowed to retire with military honors and full benefits in the summer of 2004.
Statement by FL22 Congressional Candidate Allen West on Court Ruling of AZ Immigration Bill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29th, 2010
(Deerfield Beach, FL) “Yesterday’s decision by Justice Susan Bolton in the Arizona Illegal Immigration Law case placed irresponsible and illogical special interest politics over the rule of law. America is a Constitutional Republic which embraces the fundamental premise of the rule of law.
In the Constitution of the United States, Article I, Sections 8 and 10; Article 4, Section 4; and the 10th Amendment provide Arizona a basis for taking necessary action to protect its citizens against a cross border invasion of illegal immigrants.
As the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats celebrate their perceived victory, thousands of Americans are once again in the line of fire.
The constituents of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District have a right to know where their Congressman stands on this issue. Does Ron Klein support the Obama Administration’s legislation that will leave our borders unprotected while allowing amnesty for millions of illegal aliens?
The hard working law abiding citizens of South Florida have a clear choice on November 2nd. On one side, an ultra-liberal progressive who will continue to play party politics at the expense of the rule of law, resulting in additional illegal immigrant sanctuary cities in our district such as Jupiter, FL. On the other side, a proven leader who has defended our Republic and taken a tried and tested oath to protect and defend our Constitution. As your Congressman, I will never put politics before your safety.”
For more information or to schedule interviews with Allen West, please contact Valentina Weis at (561) 603-8188 or vweis@AllenWestforCongress.com.
Lt. Col. Alan West is GREAT! A strict Constitutionalist who pulls no punches! Hope he wins in a landslide!
“(and he’s black for those NAACP types out there)”
I didn’t know he was black for weeks after I’d first heard him speak on the radio.
When I found out, I seriously could not have cared less!
Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice
> The Ron Klein camp now calls him a Sarah Palin puppet.
Perhaps the West camp should make it clear that Klein is a Pelosi/Obama/Reid/Soros puppet.
Here’s the whole context.
While serving in Taji, Iraq, on August 20, 2003, as commander of the 2d Battalion 20th Field Artillery, Lieutenant Colonel West was in charge of an interrogation of a civilian Iraqi police officer who was suspected of having pertinent information regarding attacks on American soldiers. According to the Military Investigation, soldiers under West’s supervision assaulted the civilian in an attempt to get him to talk. West admittedly fired a pistol near the policeman’s head, threatened his life, and allowed his troops to physically assault the man.
West, who at the time was just short of having 20 years of service, was charged with violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. West was processed through an Article 32 hearing in November 2003, where he admitted wrongdoing, was fined $5,000 over two months for misconduct and assault. He then submitted his resignation, and was allowed to retire with full benefits in the summer of 2004.
At a hearing, West was asked by his defense attorney if he would do it again. “If it’s about the lives of my men and their safety, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can,” he said. Apparently not knowing West’s gun was aimed into a barrel, “Hamoodi cracked and gave information about the planned ambush on West’s convoy, thwarting the attack.” West said there were no further ambushes on U.S. forces in Taji until he was relieved of his leadership post on October 4.”  Hamoodi was detained for 45 days, then released without having been charged. West told the New York Times, “It’s possible that I was wrong about Mr. Hamoodi. “After West’s resignation was brought to public attention the next fall, he received over two thousand letters and e-mails from the American public offering him moral support. In addition, a letter was drafted to the Secretary of the Army, its signatories being ninety-five members of Congress in West’s support.[8
LTC (ret) Allen West:
A man of Honor and Integrity.
Accept no substitute.
“If it’s about the lives of my men and their safety, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can,”.
Words of a TRUE leader.
Thanks. See Post #9.
Thanks for the info. I still prefer him over the many numbnuts we have in Congress today.
He is 100% Steadfast and Loyal for these United States.
$100 of that is mine! :)
My monthly donations to the West Campaign travel 3,000 miles each month from California. And I have been thrilled to support him since the 2008 campaign.
He continually earns my respect and loyalty.
This man is a real hero. I pray he wins!
At a time when few in either political party can articulate those founding ideas, much less possess a record of selfless devotion to duty, Lt. Col. West may be the one man in America who could wage a successful campaign in 2012.
With his depth of understanding of America's foundations in liberty and its Constitution, his broad knowledge of world history, as well as that of the Middle East, see here, he is the most likely person to expose and defeat the counterfeit ideas of the current President.
Certainly, a debate between the two would be a consequential clash of competing ideas! (When their ideas are articulated, Madison, Adams, Jefferson and Washington will trump Marx and Mao any day).
Future generations deserve their inheritance of liberty.
"The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately by the grace of God." --Thomas Jefferson to Roger C. Weightman, 1826. ME 16:182