By Tim Elfrink for New Broward Times
South Florida had to know that booting Allen West out of Congress wouldn’t mean an end to reading about Allen West’s antics. The guy almost immediately landed a gig on Fox News after leaving Washington, after all.
Still, dealing with West’s rants about Muslims and Obamacare on Murdoch’s network is a different animal than dealing with Allen West, presidential candidate. That title may not be official yet, but West spent this past weekend in New Hampshire acting like a guy putting his name out there for 2016’s GOP bid for the White House.
West became a Tea Party hero during his two years in Congress, but alienated many more moderate conservatives in his district with a non-stop sideshow of hardline tactics in DC. His highlight reel included declaring that 80 percent of Democrats are “secret communists,” declaring war on Islam as a religion, and slamming Lady Gaga.
But thanks in part to redistricting, he lost a tight race to Democrat Patrick Murphy last fall. His popularity with the GOP’s Tea Party wing has stayed strong, though, and West is at least floating the balloon for a 2016 run.
He’s hinted at the ambition in the past — including comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln, who served just one term in Congress before heading to the White House — but this weekend marked a notable trip to early state battleground New Hampshire.
West chatted on an AM radio station, visited naval cadets and delivered a keynote at a Nashua Republican City Committee dinner.
A Facebook campaign to draft West for the presidential race has a respectable 10,000 likes, meanwhile.
Yeah, it’s way to early to guess what Allen West is actually up to and you’re much safer putting your money on that other one-time South Florida Tea Party Hero who’s still actually a force on Capitol Hill. But unless he wins a Congressional race in the meantime, don’t be shocked if this is only the first of many New Hampshire stops for the political firebrand.
I hope he DOES run in 2016. We need someone like him in office and he has my vote!
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I LOVE ALLEN WEST! I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE HIM FOR PRESIDENT, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE DO NOT HAVE ONE!! I WOULD LOVE ALLEN WEST AND TED CRUZ! I PRAY TO GOD THAT AMERICA CAN SURVIVE THE EVIL BASTARDS IN WASHINGTON AND THE ISLAMIC/MUSLIME DEVILS!!
IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL FOR A PATRIOT TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY!! He has a heart for freedom like the Founding Fathers did. This nation is starving for a real hero and statesman as President and a Angela as first lady!!!! The West are not racist towards white people!!!
That other Florida tea bag candidate is no longer a viable contender since he has shot himself in the foot over the Gang of Eight and amnesty. Hope he just goes away. Love Col. West. Wish we had more like him in this country instead of a Congress and Party full of RINOs like McCain, Graham, Rubio, Christi.
I cry tears of joy thinking of Col West as POTUS. The world will stop laughing at the US the moment the major networks announce his election. And the ragheads will have to use that spare diaper on their head because they will soil their main one.
Allen West needs to become our next President in 2016!! Being a Veteran, and father of military children, I feel that Col West would be the best choice for this country, both business and military, to bring this once great nation back again. I truly believe that all Veterans would support Col West soley on his word.