It looks like the gig is up for Allen West. A recount of early ballots showed him falling further behind his Democratic opponent, The Palm Beach Post reports.
Democrat Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old construction company executive, on Sunday gained 242 votes after the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections completed its re-tabulation, increasing his lead to more than 2,100 votes over West, a tea party hero. Murphy's lead is just outside the 0.5 percent margin that would trigger an automatic district-wide recount under Florida law.
"The good news is Allen West doesn't need to concede. Murphy has won whether West accepts it or not," tweeted Marc Love (@marcslove), a San Francisco programmer and entrepreneur.
Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) put it this way on Twitter: "Allen West not conceding following recount that showed his opponent gained votes."
Then there's TPM's Eric Kleefeld (@EricKeefeld), who jested, "Allen West's next move: Declare that people who voted for Patrick Murphy are secret communists."
It is very telling that those on the right would support a person like Allen West. He was drummed out of the military for violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Someone like this does not belong in congress.
This "character" was redistricted into a GOP plurality district. He spent 17 mil to his opponents 4 mil. Who knows how much outside PACs contributed yet he lost. The fact that St Luci County and Palm Beach County are incapable of running an election should be a total embarassment to the Statenof Florida but one only has to loock to our nitwit governor who says everything came off fine. The man is a graduate of the Tea Bag College for the terminally vague. West's problem is that he falls further and further behind each time these half wits at election central try to do a recount. There is no reason to believe they will come up with any different tally (or the same tally twice) that would favor West. I know he's not old, but old soldiers should just fade away
West was a casualty in the San Francisco based CREDO's war on Tea Party candidates and their supporters in Congress. We were lucky in my district, PA 8th, that they failed, miserably, to unseat Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick with a candidate that had ties to convicted Philly cop killer, Mumia Abu Jamal.
I hope Allen West doesn't go away. He should run again in 2014.
@methinks Hats off to the conquering hero's at CREDO, holding the fray against the tide of Tea Party hypocrisy, and continued self delusion. Thank goodness they took the time and resources (I chipped in many times) to unmask this frightening, totally self-absorbed bully.
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury Signifying nothing.— Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28)
@methinks The Tea Party is going to go the way of the No Nothing Party it so much resembles. In the beginning, it's call for financial responsibility was appealing. But that quickly degenerated into stubborn obstructionism and extremism. That's unsustainable.
@Keyjo And we heard the liberals whine that the white folks who opposed Obumble were all racists. So, are folks who oppose West racist or not? Or is that just reserved for black democrats? Well? What is it?
@Jeff_Woehrle You heard "some Liberals." Just like we heard "some Conservatives" claim Obama is Muslim and not a citizen. Not everyone in either camp is narrow and ignorant. But SOME are, and as is said, "Stupid is as stupid does."
Oh, dear dog - another failed conservative office holder with little relevance and even less grace. Soon he'll join Sarah Palin in the Niche Crackpot Club, get a regular media gig with Fox or talk radio, and continue to represent the very craziest hard right positions.
On the other hand, his political demise is further evidence of the disintegration of the Teapartistas who peaked in the 2010 midterms.
@DARSB - What is the deal with some voters? Why would they fear fiscal sanity? You'll join our side, because after obama takes us over the fiscal cliff you will want balanced budgets and a strong economy again. I wish millions more Americans were on our side now, but they will join with us before it's all said and done. America will be saved!
More hypocrisy from the left. Where are the cries of racism now? Seems everyone voted for a white company executive. I thought rich white guys were the reason there are no jobs and no healthcare and blah, blah, blah.