Rep Allen West – VIDEO Interview CBS News “No one’s gonna lay a trap for me”

BySharyl AttkissonChristine Delargy for CBS NEWS

Tea Party-linked GOP Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is taking the possibility that theRepublican establishment wants him out of office — as suggested by a number of conservative bloggers — in stride.

In an interview Thursday, West discussed CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson the newly-drawn political map in Florida that made his own district more competitive — a map drawn by the GOP-controlled Florida legislature. West announced earlier this week that he will seek re-election in a new district to increase his odds of victory.

“No one’s gonna lay a trap for me,” he said.



Rep Allen West “I’m very happy with the type of district that I have here in District 22,”

BOCA RATON — With the Republican-controlled Florida legislature proposing redistricting maps that would throw him into a more Democrat-leaning district, U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, told a homeowners group this morning that he’d like his District 22 to remain the way it is.

West, whose home in Plantation is outside the boundaries of the current District 22, also told the group that his wife was recently looking at houses in Boca Raton.

“I’m very happy with the type of district that I have here in District 22,” West told a crowd of about 50 at a Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations meeting.

West’s Palm Beach-Broward district is nearly evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. But proposals released by state House and Senate redistricting committees would make his district roughly 41 percent Democratic and 33 percent Republican by registration.

The close partisan balance of his current district, West said, means “I’ve got to go out and I’ve got to present myself to people.”

In districts that heavily favor one party or another, West said, “people can just go right down the line and say ‘This is how I’m going to be’ because they don’t have to worry about ever not being reelected. So I think that we’ve got to look at how do we make these congressional districts competitive so that people have to get out there and present their ideas.”