Supposition by at least one online source has it Florida Republicans drew new lines to force west out of his home district. Actually, the switching and twisting may have ended with placing Representative West in a better situation. From Politico by Alex Isenstadt:
Allen West just got a new lease on life.
After a furious backlash from West’s backers over a redistricting plan that would imperil his 2012 prospects, the tea party favorite got a political gift Tuesday: the opportunity to run for a nearby seat — one much more favorable to his prospects.
Under the state’s proposed redistricting plan, drawn by Republican state lawmakers, West’s current district would become much more hostile territory. The freshman congressman will instead run for a South Florida seat, whose current occupant, GOP Rep. Tom Rooney, announced on Tuesday that he would vacate the district and run nearby.
Perhaps the Florida Republican leaders are blending with their national cohorts. They (national Republicans) are perpetually upset with the Tea Party and anyone riding the Tea Party bus. Hopefully such is not the case, but when walking and quacking leads one to a duck (to rephrase a tad) then it is a dadgum duck.
The switch comes after a wave of conservative outrage at the proposed redistricting plan, with some accusing Republicans in the state Legislature of trying to push West, a bombastic freshman who has clashed with the party’s leadership, out of Congress. The conservative blog RedState complained that, “it appears that the Republican-controlled Florida legislature seems to have somehow managed to make Allen West’s seat much more difficult to defend.” The Broward County Republican Party protested by creating a website, “Save Allen West.”
The Republican powers that protest much (too much?) say that there is no conspiracy and they respect Congressman West and would , in so many words, grieve to see him leave.
On Monday, conservative anger over West’s predicament boiled over into conspiracy-theory territory.
On his influential radio talk show, Rush Limbaugh accused Florida House Speaker-designate Will Weatherford of engineering a plot to endanger West. But Limbaugh also went a step further: Weatherford, Limbaugh noted, is a top Florida surrogate for Mitt Romney, whose establishment-backed campaign, the talker insinuated, has it in for West.
“I got emails over weekend from people, I must have had 15 emails, ‘If Romney’s behind this … ’ And he may well be. The Republican establishment could well be. He’s a tea partier, and he got to Washington and he didn’t toe the line and he didn’t shut up and he didn’t go to the end of the line and he didn’t do what he was ordered to do,” Limbaugh railed.
Weatherford defended himself on his Facebook page later in the day, insisting that he and his colleagues never targeted West.
“There are rumors that the Florida Legislature has targeted Congressman Allen West. This is patently false. I personally have supported and endorsed Allen West,” Weatherford wrote. “I will continue to support this extraordinary member of Congress who has brought a much needed conservative voice to Washington, D.C.”
I’m not sure one way or another about Florida’s Republicans, but I can say that I had a former leader of the New Mexico Republicans looked down his nose at me when I dared to mention the words Tea Party in his presence. I believe there is more of a attitude of superiority now than there was two years ago by some New Mexico Republican leaders toward the Tea Party movement. Or maybe, it’s because I’m just a petty pooch in the grand scheme of politics.
I don’t believe there is any question Republicans will need cross-over Democrats, independents and Tea Party members to join Republicans, if they want to keep the House, win the Senate and remove Obama. My advice and the advice of many of my politically active friends would be, don’t push against those that want to see true conservatives elected … you might end up with a bucket of spit and not ballots enough to elect any of your select few.
There is more to the Politico article. Please access it here.
- Florida GOP trying to force Allen West out of Congress through redistricting? Update: Bad rap? (hotair.com)
- Blogs fume over West’s new district (politico.com)
- Florida Rep. Allen West Says “Get The Hell Out”… and the response? (thepatriotperspective.wordpress.com)
- Weatherford to West: Legislative maps are not targeting you (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Our Elective Despotism and how Allen West’s seat will be sacrificed – by Lawrence Sellin (allenwestrepublic.wordpress.com)