Don't allow your vote to be outsourced
With his war chest filled with $10 millions Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, rode into town with a tainted military career and a record of playing political dodge ball. Facing a stiff Democratic challenge for re-election, Allen West, after only one term in Congress, has decided to abandon his constituents in District 22.
West is a resident in District 20, represented by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who he called "vile, despicable and cowardly," and she was "not a lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me."
Satisfied to verbally assault her, West again dodged an opportunity to stay at home to challenge Wasserman-Schultz for the District 20 seat.
West decided then to run north to District 18. Arriving in District 18, West then ran from a debate with Bob Crowder, his primary Republican opponent for the seat. After all, Allen West's whole campaign is based on "running from" rather than running for office.
West left the Army, facing an Article 32 court marshal, for abusing an Iraqi detainee when he threatened to kill him. Rather than fight the charges, West opted to quit the Army and pay a $5,000 fine to retire early.
West's two month crash course touring the summer barbeque circuits, half marathons and rubbing shoulders with residents is an attempt to ingratiate himself to district residents. West's two month crash course cannot match Bob Crowder's lifelong resident's knowledge and understanding of the district.
West has flown to campaign fundraising events in Denver, Atlanta, Birmingham, Houston, Oklahoma City and New York, acquiring a $10 million bankroll that he's betting will buy your vote.
Where is West's loyalty? Obviously not along the Treasure Coast. Put out the "not for sale" sign and tell Allen West that we aren't for sale. Don't allow your representation to be outsourced. Vote for Bob Crowder.
Dick Sievinen, Stuart
Editor's note: The charges against Rep. West were ultimately referred to as an Article 15 proceeding not a court martial.