Republican “Establishment” out to get Allen West?

Posted by: Phineas on January 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Seriously? One of the rising stars in the Party and the Tea Party movement, and yet the Florida legislature tries to harm his reelection chances via redistricting?

After last night’s Republican Presidential debate, the candidates’ respective spinmeisters made their cases to the media as to why their guy won the debate. One of Governor Mitt Romney’s spokesmen was Florida Representative Will Weatherford, and during the course of his remarks in the “Spin Room”, he shed a very dim light on the ongoing redistricting process in the Florida Legislature. Over the past several weeks, many Republicans have voiced their disappointment towards the Republican legislature after the release of the preliminary redistricting maps. Much of the ire concerns the proposed boundaries of Congressman Allen West’s 22nd Congressional District that would be redrawn to include far more registered Democrats.

West’s congressional district inexplicably sheds the most out support as compared to all other incumbent Republican and Democrat Congressman. A few weeks back we quoted an unnamed legislator saying that, “Allen West was screwed”, a statement which was originally made about made five months before the proposed maps were made public, leading insiders to believe that the fix was in against Allen West. But in light of Weatherford’s comment, it is increasingly clear that this is a fait accompli.

According to State Rep. Weatherford, this is due to compliance with federal and state law. Color me unconvinced; after the way the Republican “elite” treated Sarah Palin (1) and with what now looks like a concerted effort to suppress the Gingrich campaign (2), it’s hard not to imagine that something… “funny” is going on here. Anyone who becomes a threat to the “established order” gets the political equivalent of a Mob hit.

But this shot at Representative West could easily backfire; he was already in a tough district, so does the Party elite really want to encourage him to instead run for the Senate in 2012, when Florida’s statewide demographics are much more favorable to him?

May they get what they want and then live to regret it.

via Legal Insurrection

(1) Remember how she was left to twist in the wind after being all-but-accused of inciting murder after the Tucson shootings?
(2) No, I’m not saying Newt is an “outsider” or a Tea Partier, nor that he hasn’t engaged in mudslinging, himself. (That’s an old tradition in US politics.) But he successfully linked himself to those groups in the eyes of many voters and has made himself a threat to the established order. Thus the double-barrel smear job against him, one that assumes we’re idiots.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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14 Responses to “Republican “Establishment” out to get Allen West?”


  1. EBL says:

    Romney did not get endorsed by West and the tea party is hostile to Romney, so a Romney supporter decided to throw Allen West under the bus on redistricting. The Dems will be thrilled since they hate Allen West and would love to see him lose. Romney wants an offering from Allen West. An appropriate answer should be forthcoming…

  2. NVA Patriot says:

    I am afraid we are idiots. We are proving it.

    If we all unite behind one candidate we might be able to stop this. The best hope looks like Newt. Rick Santorum is young, he has family obligations. He was also part of the Senate that lost control of the Congress and by losing, gave the Dems the ability to create Obamacare. 2012 is not his time.

    We have been taken and it will take an Act of God to save America. The Mitt-stablishment has decided to destroy everything and everyone in a quest to win. Obama will destroy Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney is destroying the base, the people who volunteer, call and make small donations.

    The Washington DC money club is going to stop at nothing to keep its power. No principle will be honored. No history will be safe – Newt did not support Reagan. Newt was a loser. Newt failed to take over the Congress in 1994 and hold it in 1996 – so says Mitt’s team.

    Meanwhile Norm Coleman, Romney guy says we will not repeal Obamacare. Mitt says “It’s nothing to get angry about” Pam Bondi says we will try.

    Please, Floridians, don’t let the Progressive Romney take us further down the socialist trail. Its got to stop or we will lose the liberty our fore-fathers gave us.

  3. WMP says:

    Guess what – there are lots of fiscally conservative and socially moderate Republicans out there and I may for the first time in my adult life, actually get involved in a Presidential campaign for Mr. Romney Aand will likely make a “small” contribution. And you know what else – those people you say who volunteer, call and make small donations – I find it very hard to believe that if Mitt Romney is the nominee they won’t do everything in their power to make sure President Obama isn’t reelected.

  4. Carlos says:

    Two observations. First, I will personally do everything legal to see that Obama is a one-term president. He’s had his four years of racism, divisiveness and destruction, now it’s time to send him back to the ‘hood.

    Second, I really hope West takes on the challenge of running for the Senate – we could use another good, strong, logical and conservative voice in that chamber.

  5. Phineas says:

    Couldn’t agree more on all counts, Carlos. :)>-

  6. EBL says: The Palinization of Newt is an ugly thing.

    The GOP elites are going to ram Mitt down our throats. I do not like it already.

  7. NVA Patriot says:

    WMP – Glad you are going to get involved.

    I started with McCain. I knocked doors to stop Obama round 1 and knocking for McCain was tough. Many people did not like him as a Candidate. He got 2 types of voters, the type not wanting Obama and the type wanting his VP pick. Few wanted McCain.

    McCain was merely silly to many people. Mitt is different. I have had to work with his people in VA politics. It’s not good. He has ailienated enough activists and organizers, the people who run the volunteer phone banks and Neighborhood walks, that having him at the top of the ticket will put VA in contention. Many of these people will not do the hard work for another McCain like candidate.

    For VA, the Congressional races are set and will not draw out volunteers, we’re too gerry-mandered in VA. The Senate race will likely feature George Allen, or as he is known to the media – Mr. Macaca. With Mitt at the top of the ticket and Mr. Macaca down ballot, VA will go from a v. safe 13 electoral college advantage R, to a toss up leaning Dem.

    So it’s great that Mitt people will come out and help – based on my observations it won’t be enough and Mitt can’t buy the volunteers, whereas the Dems have union support.

    Most Presidential candidates who win, win their home state. Can Mitt win MA? I doubt it.

  8. Adjoran says:

    Absolute hooey. The reforms were passed by referendum and were in the planning stage in the legislature under noted RINO Marco Rubio before West was even elected. Basically they prohibit obtuse gerrymandering and mandate respect for natural geographic and political boundaries instead. It’s a good reform.

    So Florida must redistrict 25 districts into 27. Republicans hold 19 now, but several obviously must give up some GOP areas to the new districts. West’s 22nd is surrounded by strong Democratic areas – and was a Democratic-held district when he won it.

    I defy anyone to draw a redistricting plan which does not include the 22nd getting more Democratic voters. It just isn’t possible without the sort of arcane gerrymandering now prohibited by law.

    You can be paranoid and think it’s a conspiracy if you want, but look at the district and tell me how it is possible first, okay?

  9. Drew the Infidel says:

    In line with EBL’s take is the fact that the GOP “line of succession” strategy is what gave us an unelectable McCain to run against media darling BO.

  10. Drew the Infidel says:

    Correction: not “media darling” but “media invention”.

  11. John Bibb says:

    A nation wide Internet and Talk Radio organized write in vote campaign for the Sarah’Cuda might fix the problems.
    It worked for Alaska’s Senator Leezzah Mourcowskii already.
    John Bibb

  12. Great White Rat says:

    they prohibit obtuse gerrymandering and mandate respect for natural geographic and political boundaries instead. It’s a good reform.

    Oh, is that so, Adjoran? Then you might want to explain the 3rd district boundaries. That’s the one one that runs serpentine from Jacksonville down to Orlando, with a little tendril off to the side to include Gainesville.


    “Natural geographic and political boundaries”, my a$$.

    Phineas is on the right track here. One thing needs to be made clear: the Tea Party types are NOT locked into supporting the GOP. It’s a grass roots movement of citizens who care not about party labels, but about the Constitution and values. If a Democrat from another district embraced the same stands as Congressman West, the Tea Party types would support him. But by and large, candidates with beliefs that match up well with the Tea Party are more likely to be Republicans.

    And that’s what scares the HELL out of the GOP establishment drones. When they’re out of power, they’re content with playing the junior partner to the Dems, and getting whatever crumbs of patronage and small amounts of power the Democrats will give them. And they will reciprocate if they get into power. But the idea of a popular uprising that will completely cut off their gravy train terrifies them. So leaders like Congressman West must not be allowed to continue.

    And did you notice – the same people who want Congressman West redistricted out of public life are mostly the same people that favored Charlie Crist for Senate in 2010 instead of Marco Rubio (who I still maintain will be president some day).

  13. Oakland Park Tom says:

    Can someone please let me know how you can comply with the Florida Amendment and not hurt AW’s chances for reelection? Where do you put North East Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors (You can’t put them in 3 districts like last time)? Give it back to DWS (Debbie Wasserman-Schultz)? If so, will that pass constitutional muster? Even if it does, which voters get taken out of DWS’ district to account for the NE Broward voters some hope will be pulled out of AW’s district? AW’s district was a gerrymander. He would be in trouble in his OLD district (the district flipped three times in the last four cycles – and the Dems will be showing up at the polls in this Presidential year in greater numbers than they did in 2010 – which isn’t good news for West). He’s a goner in the new one (adding 30,000 more openly Gay voters isn’t going to help his reelect chances – regardless of how much money the tea party throws at him).

    With regards to a future Senate run by AW…I think it hurts his chances for the Senate if you get tossed out of Congress by the voters.

    The problem is that its really hard to draw a compact district in Broward/Palm Beach where Allen West can win.

    The other problem is that Allen West did just about everything he could to ensure that every Democrat and independents who don’t like anti-Gay politicians or tea party politics will vote against him. He’s the right wing equivalent of Alan Grayson. And if Allen West represented Pensacola or SW Florida, that might be okay for him in a reelect. The problem is that there really aren’t any places his district can go to pick up large numbers of tea party voters and he isn’t going to be able to walk back (even if he wanted to – which he won’t) some of his more antagonistic policies against his constituents.