Murphy Staffer has Meltdown at Candidate Forum – Lashes out at event moderator – Allen West for Congress

Stuart, FL – On Monday night at the Coalition of Sandpiper Bay Associations (COSBA) Candidates Forum 2012 in Pt. St Lucie, a senior staffer for Patrick Murphy’s congressional campaign had a public meltdown after the organizers allowed a statement from Allen West to be read aloud at the event.

In accordance with the Forum rules, a candidate is allowed 3 minutes for a closing comment, and may use that time however he or she sees fit. For her closing statement, Representative Gayle Harrell, who is running for re-election in Florida House District 81, yielded 2 minutes of her time to read West’s statement, just before Murphy took to the stage.

A visibly nervous Murphy then took to the microphone for his turn at the Forum. At the event’s close, one of Murphy’s staffers approached Richard McAfoos, the event moderator, and loudly and rudely berated him for allowing the statement, accusing McAfoos of unfairness, saying it violated their trust and damaged the integrity of the organization.

“I was frankly shocked to hear the comments from Patrick Murphy’s staff, but it’s clear Murphy and his team are growing increasingly angry and desperate,” said Michele Hickford, West for Congress press secretary, “Mr. McAfoos is a true gentleman, and the event was very professionally and fairly run. If the Murphy camp gets this upset over a written statement from Allen West, I can only imagine how unhinged they’ll be when Allen West is actually in the same room. No wonder Patrick Murphy has been hiding ever since Allen West issued a challenge for debates across the Treasure Coast open to the public.”

Here is the statement in its entirety:

 “Greetings to all the members of the Sandpiper Bay Associations attending the candidates’ forum tonight. I’m sorry I can’t be with you in person as I am out of state.

But I am definitely with you in spirit – the spirit we share as fellow citizens of this great nation.

On the sixth of November, you will be called upon to choose the direction and future of these United States of America. You will not simply be choosing one candidate or another, you will be choosing the future direction of our Republic.

The question is not whether one candidate is nicer or more likable or even easier to relate to. The fundamental question you must ask yourself is what sort of a nation shall we be? And what does it mean to be an American?

Some will say the government must try “new ideas” in order to get our nation back on track. But these “new ideas” are nothing more than a repeat of failed liberal progressive policies, which have never succeeded anywhere they’ve been tried.

In this election, I pray my fellow Americans will wake up to the reality of what lies ahead if we do not reform our mandatory spending programs, reduce the regulatory red tape strangling our small businesses, institute sound fiscal and tax policies, and slow down the growth of the welfare nanny-state.

Throughout this nation’s history, our greatest prosperity has come when our citizens had unfettered freedom to innovate, build and expand, and our government focused on its most important role – that of ensuring the safety and security of its citizens.

My fellow Americans, I hope you will choose wisely this November, not just for yourself, but for your children and your grandchildren. God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.”

Rep. Allen West Op-Ed “The republic cannot survive so much dependency” WSJ Marketwatch

By Rep. Allen West

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Gov. Mitt Romney’s comments about the percentage of Americans who have grown economically dependent on the government for their sustenance, and as a result, see little benefit in changing course, is neither new nor outrageous.

More than 170 years ago, the French political thinker and writer, Alexis de Tocqueville saw this coming, and warned of its dangers in his most famous writing, Democracy in America. Here is an excerpt below:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”

Our public treasury cannot sustain further “largesse.” Our national debt has ballooned to more than $16 trillion. The top 25 percent of wage earners contribute 87 percent of all tax revenue and it is numerically impossible to tax them sufficiently to pay for this expansion of federal government – let alone pay down our debt. For another viewpoint, read Rex Nutting’s column on the 47%.

Our entire fiscal and monetary policy is now based on one simple axiom: What we cannot tax, we borrow, and what we cannot borrow, we print.

The path we are on in 2012 is perilous and unsustainable. We must change course.

This November, Americans will not simply be choosing one man or another as president, they will be choosing the future direction of these United States of America.

The question is not whether one candidate is nicer or more likable or even easier to relate to. The fundamental question all Americans must ask themselves is what kind of a nation shall we be? And what does it mean to be an American?


Rep. Allen West “Stand with me and take a stand against the politics of personal destruction” Reprehensible!


Attack Ad Depicts Allen West Beating Women, Stealing

Dear Friends,

Disgusting — that’s the best word that can be used to describe the latest attack ad funded by my Democrat opponent Patrick Murphy’s father.

I spent my life in uniform fighting for our great nation and protecting all Americans. The ad being run against me by my opponent’s family depicting violence against women and senior citizens is reprehensible. It plays on stereotypes and fear to divide Americans, and it cheapens the very real and tragic occurrences of violence against women and seniors.

Stand with me and take a stand against the politics of personal destruction.

The American people are suffering from crushing debt, horrific tax and regulatory policies, and epic unemployment. This classless ad shows a lack of regard for the issues plaguing our nation.
This ad reflects the sad state of politics in our Republic with those who seek to destroy a person’s character to cover for their lack of intellectual ability and integrity.

Liberals have proven they will stop at nothing to defeat me in November. Help send the message you’re ready to fight back. Will you donate $35 or more to take a stand against these shameful ads?

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC (R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress

P.S. We still need your help to reach our $50,000 goal by Tuesday. Now is the perfect time to donate and take a stand against these reprehensible attacks. Donate here:

Rep Allen West – Supporting Our Troops

There he goes again.

President Obama has decided he needs to cut the budget.  But he’s trying to do it on the backs of our brave men and women in uniform.

More than ever it is critical that I run an effective campaign to help fight for our values.

Here are the facts.  The Administration recently jacked up the prices our soldiers will pay for health insurance.  But civilian employees — union members — won’t have to tighten their belts one bit.

This is an affront to our soldiers who risk literally everything so we can remain safe and free.  But in President Obama’s world, it makes sense.

You see, it’s an election year.  Obama and his political advisors know that federal employees are already pro-Democrat.  They have a vested interest in government getting bigger.

And the last thing he wants to do is alienate a voting bloc that he needs in November.

But buying votes with military benefits is just wrong.  And we shouldn’t stand for it, or other policies which run counter to what we believe as Americans.

I’ve always worked for a leaner, smaller government.  We must do more with less.  Our debt and deficit are out of control.  That’s why one of my first acts was rooting out waste in the Department of Defense.  There are no “sacred cows” when it comes to saving taxpayer dollars.

But forcing those who make the ultimate sacrifice to pay more doesn’t line up with what is true and right about our country.  We should be honoring our military, not penalizing them.

Thank you for all you have done for the campaign, the nation, and the values we hold dear.

Steadfast and loyal,

LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress


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Congressman Allen West ‘s E-Newsletter and The Weeks Highlights 11/28/11

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our Constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, let me begin by hoping all of you had a very Happy Thanksgiving. I pray everyone had safe travels and enjoyed  special time with family and friends, and a good time shopping on Small Business Saturday!

As I head back to Capitol Hill, I reflect on the many challenges facing us as legislators. However, there is an even bigger challenge facing the entire nation. During my time in the military, I was mentored by men and women who carried an honored title, “Leader.” They taught me that leadership has five components: courage, competence, conviction, commitment, and character.

Washington, D.C. has a budget deficit, but the leadership deficit is even more disconcerting. Leaders take responsibility and rarely take credit, a simple lesson that was taught to me as a young Captain in the U.S. Army by a superb Battalion Commander.  So as I draw closer to ending my first year as a Member of Congress, I want to briefly discuss failures in leadership, as a strong American leader would not take the misfortunes facing the American people and leverage it for “political gain.”

Here are the facts for America since January 2009:

– More than 2 Million Americans are unemployed, close to 26 Million are underemployed (National unemployment at or above 9% for 28 straight months, double that in the Black community.)

– Average gas prices have gone from $1.83 to $3.45.

– Federal debt has gone from $10.6 Trillion to over $15 Trillion, with three straight years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits (debt per person has gone from $34,000 to over $48,000)

– Food stamp recipients up by 41%, with 16% more Americans in poverty at 6.4 Million, the Misery Index is up 65%, and nearly 48.5% of Americans are on government aid.

– Home values are down 11%, and health insurance premiums are up 23% from $3,354 to over $4,000.

– United States global competitiveness is down from 1st to 5th in the world.

Yet with these abysmal statistics, all we hear from the big megaphone of the White House is we need to tax people, particularly certain people, more. We hear about extending payroll tax holidays which is nothing but a band-aid approach only providing a very short-term impetus. What no one is telling the American people, especially Seniors, is that the constant use of payroll tax breaks continues to erode the funding of Social Security – which is already running a deficit. When combined with the unemployment situation, we are speeding up the demise of Social Security in America.

If the solution is to extend unemployment benefits, then we are creating a situation where we must continue to borrow more money to fund initiatives, which will promote and exacerbate the destructive economic indicators.

We currently borrow 42 cents on every dollar… a dollar which soon, thanks to the insidious monetary policies emanating from the Federal Reserve, may not be the default currency of the world.

This is not leadership. It is policy by election cycle sound bite where the purpose is just to get reelected.  Politicians are now preying on the uninformed electorate and are not developing visionary pro-growth economic policies for America. The obvious goal is to create more victims in America, an America of dependency – not individual independence.

I have never previously held elected office and four years ago was returning from a two-and a- half year assignment as a civilian-military advisor to the Afghan Army. I do not see myself as a “politician.” I seek to be a political leader and thus hope to be an American Statesman.
Therefore, I will not be supporting, if I get a straight up and down vote, any of these manipulative deceptive political gimmicks – such as extension of payroll taxes and unemployment benefits.
I will be supporting stabilizing or lowering tax rates in America, and prefer to flatten them, eliminate loopholes, and reduce subsidies and deductions.

No more raising of the debt ceiling! We have shown the American people enough ineptness, incompetence, failure, and lack of courage and conviction to last a lifetime. Our system of governance is broken and we need major bold structural reforms.

Predictably enough, I am quite sure the Democrat party, many in the media, and political opponents will take my words, and eventual votes, and use them against me- feel free. I am not going to manipulate, deceive, or mislead the American people for “political gain” such as the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave is comfortable doing.

If the constituents of this Congressional District would rather have a follower than a principled leader to represent them… well, the quote of Plato comes to mind, “those who refuse to participate in politics shall be governed by their inferiors.” However, it is not just about participating; it is about being educated and informed on the issues.

The challenge to our constituents, as well as all Americas, is how long will you be treated as mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed crap? There is an incredible choice Americans must make next November 2012.

Shall America continue as a Constitutional Republic led by men and women of courage, conviction, and character… or shall America become a bureaucratic nanny-state ruled by manipulative deceivers seeking their own political gain?

Is America truly that shining City on the Hill, or will that light be forever extinguished? Choose wisely, your children and grandchildren are watching… as well as our enemies abroad.

Steadfast and Loyal,


Highlights of the Week:

– Monday, 21 November, Attended the Disabled America Veterans Thanksgiving luncheon and presented a special award to a three-time Purple Heart recipient from Vietnam, presented two checks to deserving local students for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship award.

– Tuesday, 22 November, Participated in the Big Heart Brigade Thanksgiving dinner preparation…pulled meat off (4) turkeys to assist with over 6000 volunteers preparing 100,000 meals for local needy families.

– Wednesday, 23 November, Visited with Veterans and families at the Fisher House Thanksgiving luncheon at the West Palm Beach VA Hospital. I was really pleased to see the High School students there serving the luncheon from local Palm Beach County High Schools.

– Thursday 24 November, Participated in the first -ever Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot 5K race, incredible turnout, over 1,000 runners. Watched lots of football and ate some darn good chow! Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy 15th birthday to my daughter Austen.

– Friday, 25 November, Office work and watched more football.

-Saturday, 26 November, Small Business Saturday! Time to get in some early holiday shopping.

– Sunday, 27 November, Family day.

– Monday, 28 November, Met with the Mayor of Stuart, FL


Congressman Allen West – Legislative Update 11/7/11


Legislative Update:

Improving Small Business Capital Formation — On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2930, the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, by a vote of 407-17, I VOTED YES. The bill would remove SEC restrictions on “crowdfunding” so entrepreneurs can raise capital from a large pool of small investors who may or may not be considered “accredited” by the SEC. H.R. 2930 would permit “crowdfunding” to finance new businesses by allowing companies to accept and pool donations up to $5 million without having to register with the SEC.

Also on Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2940, the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act, by a vote of 413-11, I VOTED YES. The bill would remove the regulatory ban that prevents small, privately held companies from using advertisements to solicit investors—a Depression-era regulation that unnecessarily limits the pool of investors and severely restricts the ability of small companies to raise capital. Both of these bills would change and update Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations to promote, rather than hinder, small business access to equity financing—a key mechanism for business expansion in light of tightened lending standards which make a commercial bank loan an increasingly difficult option.

*These are two more bipartisan pieces of legislation, which are part of the GOP Plan for American Job Creators that join over 15 other pieces of legislation sitting on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk.

Highlights of the Week:

Monday, 31 October, Happy Halloween, flew back to Washington and welcomed the Fort Lauderdale Chamber Fly-In with a fireside chat at the Wasie Foundation.

Tuesday, 1 November, Gave opening remarks to Fort Lauderdale Chamber and introduced Israeli Ambassador Oren at National Press Club, participated in House Armed Services Committee Panel on Department of Defense business, attended members-only classified briefing on national security with Security of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended Fort Lauderdale Chamber reception at Florida House, introduced Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Ted Deutch.

Wednesday, 2 November, meeting with former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr, welcome remarks to Fort Lauderdale Chamber on Capitol Hill Day, signed Holiday Mail for Heroes cards sponsored by American Red Cross, attended House Armed Services Committee full hearing on Defense sequestration with Chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Commandant of the Marines, lunch with members of the Afghanistan National Assembly, spoke to them about developing a plan for their nation, participated in a special GOP Members meeting on deficit and appropriations, attended Fort Lauderdale Chamber reception at home of Chilean Ambassador – trade and visa policies dominated the conversation.

Thursday, 3 November, gave closing remarks for Fort Lauderdale Chamber visit and introduced United States Secretary of Labor Chao, participated in House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on Irregular Warfare capabilities, received phone call from Federal Aviation Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt regarding an issue I have been working on with Nova Southeastern University, taped remarks for Veterans Committee video for Veteran’s Day release.

Friday, 4 November, recorded weekly video address, interviewed by former alumnus of The Benjamin School (North Palm Beach, FL) and current George Washington University student, Cory Weinberg, for a student assignment, took picture with The Benjamin School students on East Capitol steps, flew back to South Florida after final votes.

– Saturday, 5 November, attended the 4th ANGLICO Marine Corps Birthday Ball reception, attended the Take Flight Award Gala for the homeless Veterans Home known as Stand Down house.

-Sunday, 6 November, church, family and football day!