November 14, 2012

As Allen West Fights For His Political Life, Where’s The Cavalry?

By Tom Tillison, Florida Political Press: As Allen West continues to fight for his political life amid a number of bizarre actions taken by St. Lucie County Supv. of Elections Gertrude Walker, a disturbing thought keeps creeping into my head.

As for the ‘bizarre actions’, West’s campaign made the following statement; “What was originally viewed as dangerous incompetence on the part of Gertrude Walker now appears more and more like a willful attempt to steal the election for Patrick Murphy. Nothing about this story adds up.”

From the jump, West has been a prolific fundraiser and needed little help from the Republican Party structure in his reelection bid, which worked out well because that’s exactly what he got… little help.

Despite being put into a much more difficult situation as a result of redistricting, courtesy of Florida’s Republican controlled legislature.  Just as we saw with another Republican rookie lawmaker, Sandy Adams, who was literally forced into a no-win situation.

Adams lost to Republican elitist John Mica, a 20 year fixture in Washington, in a race featuring a tea party freshman up against the establishment wing.  A race many billed as being about the heart and soul of the party.  Upon prevailing, Mica arrogantly stated;

“They said this was about the soul of the Republican Party.  I’m happy to report that the heart and soul of the Republican Party is strong in Central Florida.”
Hmmmm…  what are the similarities between West and Adams?

He’s a man, she’s a women.  He’s black, she’s white.  Thus far, they seem to be polar opposites.  But there must be something linking these two other than both being Republicans.

Well, both call themselves fiscal conservatives.  Both were freshman lawmakers.  Wait a minute.  I think we’re getting close.  What else, what else… there’s got to be something more…

I think I’ve got it!  Each of these candidates were tea party favorites!  Oh, and Allen West just happened to have endorsed Sandy Adams in her contest against Mica.

By the way, did you catch what Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said the other day when asked about the tea party?


“We don’t have a tea party caucus to speak of in the House. All of us who were elected in 2010 were supported by the tea party.”

So Allen West’s political career is now in the hands of the St. Lucie County SOE, a woman that couldn’t explain to local media why her reports showed a 141% turnout (two ballot cards), who decides to recount votes at her discretion with little explanation.

And to the surprise of no one, the media are inexplicably bored, other than waiting to officially declare West done.

In the face of it all, Allen West stands alone, fighting for what is right, a fair and accurate election.  Yet, where is the cavalry? Or will he be left alone in taking a stand in the face of what appears to very questionable behavior by local election officials?

For Democrats, Allen West represents everything they stand against – a black conservative Christian that loves his country. So certainly it would be a big win to eliminate him. As for the establishment wing that controls the GOP, who often found the 2010 tea party class refusing to tow the company line, just how upsetting would it be to see West taken out?

Or is that questioned answered when we ask where is the RPOF? The RNC? The NRCC?

NRCC Chair Pete Sessions was certainly motivated to come to Central Florida during the 2010 election cycle, what does this race not have that compelled him to eagerly intervene in D24 two years ago?

Or is that what grassroots conservatives can expect from the “heart and soul” of the Republican Party as we watch the Democratic Party build on their Franken collection?
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Tom Tillison is an integral part of the tea party movement in Orlando and an early critic of the bias in today's media. He's the original founder of the Central Florida Tea Party Council and Editor-In-Chief of the Florida Political Press.

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