Skip to comments.Allen West to Run for Re-Election in Different Congressional District
Posted on 01/31/2012 3:56:14 PM PST by library user
The Shark Tank has learned that Congressman Tom Rooney has announced that he is running for re-election to Congress in one of Floridas two newly created congressional districts, and that Congressman Allen West will run for re-election in Congressman Rooneys 16th Congressional District.
The speculation will now begin as to which Republican will run in Allen Wests 22nd Congressional District. It is possible that either George LeMieux or Adam Hanser could abandon their Senate candidacies and run in the district, as both are from the area. The possibility exists that other current candidates for Congress in adjoining congressional districts could enter the fray as well.
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He’s well known and I think he’s popular, at least amongst Conservatives, so I don’t foresee him having too much difficulty, if he chooses his district well.
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney won't run to represent the Treasure Coast in Congress in this election cycle, and U.S. Rep. Allen West has his eye on the newly drawn seat that stands to cover all of St. Lucie and Martin counties.
Rooney, R-Tequesta, announced he'll run for the proposed congressional District 17 this year, which touches 11 counties and stays largely in agricultural central Florida. That opens up the newly drawn proposed District 18 for West, R-Plantation, who said he'll vie for the Treasure Coast-centric seat in the upcoming election.
Rooney plans to move his family to Charlotte County to run for the new seat, said spokesman Michael Mahaffey.
The announcements stem from changes brewing in the Legislature's once-a-decade redistricting process, which has shaken up the congressional district scene in Treasure's Coast two southern counties........
both should be VOTED OUT. A congressman should represent the people of the district he lives in.. not be some carpet bagger.. this lowers my opinion on both of them.
This is a slap at the rowdy kid, maybe he should defy them and run for Senate, maybe roll over a couple RINO’s along the way.
This is so positive in my view. These areas are much more conservative than the district that Congressman West is in now. Adam Hassner will fit nicely into West’s district. Adam is familiar with the terrain as he was a state Rep and he is Jewish. The fit would be perfect. Too bad not going against Debbie WS. Now that would be a fight to watch, but Karen Hennigan is a good candidate to go up against DWS as well.
If its so easy to just move into a new district and run for office, maybe I will buy a house there!
I agree. I understand that the districts got redrawn but (see my joke post above) it shouldn’t be so easy as to just move into a new neighborhood merely to keep your buttocks in Congress! That is exactly akk basswards!
It had been Mark Foley's district and flipped Democrat from 07-09 on a margin of under 2%. McCain won there in '08. Rooney's won with 60% & 66% of the vote the times he's run.
I don't know how redistricting will shift the boundary but it's probably much better for West's chances of staying in congress.
I know, I heard him on the radio yesterday. He didn’t say anything about moving to a new district.
He could do it!
Great, that’s my district.
West and Rooney are the most conservative members of Florida’s Republican congressmen. As the Rinos in Florida targeted them both in redistricting, I’m guessing they worked out a deal and the Rinos are going to be pissed.
I agree with you, but these times call for desperate measures to keep someone of West’s caliber. How many Wests do you think the 18th has right now - let alone the entire country? If there’s another one like him, well let him/her run as well in the primary. The best one wins.
I can tell you this. I would love to HIJACK West and bring him up here to carpetbag my Jersey 1st District and beat the crap out of Commie Rob Andrews! I would do that in 1 micro sec if I could.
If you mean that the district he’s choosing to run in is your district, great. Get the word out so people know to vote for him.
If you mean that your district got screwed, because it got split and redivided into other districts, I hope he’s still your congressman.
Karen Harrington you mean. She ran against DWS two years ago and came in under 8% against her. She has much more popularity and money this time helping her.
Alan was in a strange position in the first place, because of a very strange off-year redistricting his home was actually move two blocks or so outside of the district he’s currently representing. A fact Klein tried, unsuccessfully, to use against Alan during the 2010 elections.
With the left having judge shopped to find a liberal one who would throw out the GOP’s redistricting plans and really screwing Alan, this is a good choice for him as he’s well known and liked in the 16th with many of the people who live there having come out to help him in his election.
Interesting though about Hasner running; I don’t think that is going to play out. Hasner has his eye on the governors office and he would win and be a great gov for Florida.
That is interesting about Hasner. Didn’t know he was looking at Governors office.
I will stay tuned into that. I do believe that he has a snowballs chance of beating Bill Nelson in the Senate Race. That’s going to be a tough race whoever gets the nod.
No, the yahoo’s who re-districted him out of his district should be voted out....games are played with redistricting.
There's a reason Congressmen aren't required to live in their districts.
If Allen West moved to my district I'd be happy to vote for him because he would represent me well in Congress, and that's the point of having a Congresscritter.
And as a career military guy it's not like West was inexorably tied to that district.
I'd be happy to listen to arguments otherwise, but nothing I've seen indicates the redistricting panel had it in for West. Amendment 6, sponsored by the Dems & passed by Florida voters, likely made West's old district as previously constituted illegal. It was a squiggly, gerrymandered, lean-R district in a liberal area. Legislators wanted their map to pass court challenges and seemingly drew maps with that in mind to avoid a court usurpation of redistricting.
That’s my view. West is a true American, a TRUE Black man, and a Patriot. The GOP-E can’t stand that. He might upset their slop trough. He should go for the Senator slot.
Allen West for US Senate. Absolutely no way around it. Ethical. And more important, DO-ABLE.
Anyone know when Nelson is up for re-election?
West would be one helluva senator.
I think that is what I said, but I am kinda old.
I think that is what I said, but I am kinda old.
once u say these times call for desperate measures u skirt the rules...enough for corruption to happpen..
yes it wasn’t right they withdrew the boundaries. Tough.. Meet new voters and run again. Or get a job
West remember voted for the budget to increase spending.
What has West done to be a senator? He voted to increase spending? In public he does a bunch of pr stunts. Look at how he votes.
We need less career politicians and more tea partiers.
You do realize that Newt did the same thing years ago when the Georgia legislature tried to redistrict him out of office?
IMHO, Allen West should use this opportunity to, eventually and officially, become Newt Gingrich’s VP pick! What positive messages such a ticket could say to all who are against them as well as to all who are for them!
If Allen West ran in his own district he’d be facing little Debbie Wasserman. Sounds like a twofer to me.
This was an intentional “hit” on Allen West.
country club vs the USA.
I wish he would take Corinne Brown’s seat. That woman is a disgrace for the state of Florida!
On Hannity’s radio show today, West said he and his family will move 30 miles north to live in the new district. So, he won't be a “carpetbagger.”
On Hannity’s radio show today, West said he would move 30 miles north to be in the new district.
Get real. You run where you think you can get elected. West said he thought the legislature disrespected (my word) his district making it much harder for him to win. Why would a GOP legislature do that to a most popular conservative congressman?
Thank you for bringing that up. You beat me to it.
If the voters want a newcomer, that's fine with me. I have no problem with what Gingrich did or what West may do — especially after redistricting.
The people of a district should be able to choose anyone they darn well please to represent them in congress. The constitution requires a congressman to be an inhabitant of the state he’s elected in, not any given local district.
The voters are competent to decide whether they want a “carpet bagger” to represent them in government.
That depends on the state. In Tennessee you have to live in the district you represent.
Mark Levin started his show on Jan 31, 2012 discussing this issue. Since Connie Mack is going to take the Senate nomiation, Hausner is now going to run for one of the two new congressional seats.
At the first of the week the talk was they were just going to wipe out Allen’s district. Not smart. Now they say there will be shifting of districts and two other current members will run in the new ones leaving the 16 for Allen. It’s much more conservative than his current district.
It's a provision in the US Constitution. State laws don't apply.
Many/most states require state senators & reps to live in their districts.
She’s the 20th. West’s current seat is the 22nd. He probably wouldn’t have a chance in the new 22nd (57% Obama) and he’d lose badly in Wassermann even more heavily rat seat.
If you want West to stay in Congress there is no other option.
It’s not his fault, and it’s the legislative mappers fault either, I see a lot of posts cursing them, they had no choice. Some stupid ballot initiative passed that hampered their ability to draw good maps. Screw the ignorant voters for passing that amendment.
His current district is now 57% Obama. Why should a good man’s career end after 1 term because of irrelevant circumstances like where he lives? Legally you only have to live in the state.
West is the best choice for the new swing district he’s running in and Adam Hasner, being Jewish and popular in the area is our only hope to hold West’s current seat. The important thing is keeping Queen Nancy from reclaiming her throne as Speaktrix, not arbitrary notions of carpetbagging. I’d rather have a Congressman from Mars than the piece of crap “from the neighborhood” that I do have. Frankly I don’t even understand the notion of wanting someone from down the block to be your Congressman. What’s important is how they vote. This ain’t an election for Mayor.
Thank you for injecting some facts into this thread.
Hear, hear. While I think that the GOP legislature could have used the VRA more forcefully to draw better districts for us in the Miami/Gold Coast area (drawing three Hispanic-majority and two black-majority CDs in the region would trump anything in the state constitution), one thing they couldn’t do was gerrymander Anglo districts like before (and even if they could, the FL-22 would have been, at best, marginally Republican). And if Allen West moves a few miles north to keep representing the 25% or so residents of the northern end of his current district who were placed in the new FL-18, what’s the problem with that?
As you may recall, I’ve long wanted Hasner to switch from running for the Senate to running for West’s CD; of course, I hoped that it would be because West was running for the Senate, not because West’s CD became unwinnable for him, but for some reason West doesn’t want to run statewide (at least not yet).