Republican “Establishment” out to get Allen West?

January 29, 2012

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 A few weeks back we quoted an unnamed legislator saying that, “Allen West was screwed”, a statement which was originally made about made five months before the proposed maps were made public, leading insiders to believe that the fix was in against Allen West.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

Footnotes:
(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 Sister Toldjah)

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Crist to Rubio: “You’ve betrayed your Hispanic family”

October 16, 2010

How this weasel is polling above single digits is beyond me. Orange White-bread Charlie tries to chide Marco Rubio for being an ethnic traitor. Yes, Charlie “I don’t have any principles because I sold them all” Crist is sticking up for… integrity? Even Democrat nominee Kendrick Meek can’t stomach this.

Video at Hot Air.


The real deal

August 29, 2010

To wash away any bad tastes left by yesterday’s post of the President’s address on Iraq, let me offer this palate cleanser: the Republican response, presented by US Senate nominee Marco Rubio of Florida:

Now that is how one addresses the nation. Unless something goes very wrong, he’ll be Florida’s next US Senator, and I predict we’ll all be grateful for that.


Charlie Crist’s nightmare

June 6, 2010

This looks like one of those scandals that can just ruin a politician’s dreams: Jim Greer, the former Florida Republican Party Chairman recently arrested for stealing money from the party, now says he thought it was okay because Governor Crist told him to do it:

Gov. Charlie Crist personally signed off on his former Republican Party chairman’s confidential fundraising role with the state party, according to Jim Greer’s attorney, whose allegation contradicts the governor’s statement that he “didn’t know anything” about the deal now part of a criminal investigation.

State investigators say Greer and the party’s former executive director, Delmar W. Johnson III, secretly set up a shell company called Victory Strategies to divert party money and enrich themselves. Greer was charged Wednesday with fraud and money laundering.

But Greer’s attorney, Damon Chase, said Saturday that the deal giving them a 10 percent cut of party donations was legal. What’s more, Chase said Crist’s former right-hand man, now U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, first proposed the idea that they earn a fundraising commission to save the party money and replace the $30,000-a-month contract with fundraiser Meredith O’Rourke.

“You guys work hard. You deserve it,” Chase said Greer was told by the governor as they played pool in February 2009 at a Palm Beach golf tournament.

Crist is running as a Republican an Independent in the senate race, having fled the Republican Party after it was clear he would be crushed in the primary by former state assembly Speaker Marco Rubio. Oh, and he kept Republican donors’ money, too, after having promised to return it. Nice.

The problem for Crist initially was that Greer was his guy, appointed as party chair at Crist’s urging. Now, however, it appears that Crist may have encouraged Greer and his partner to help themselves to the party cookie jar. While Greer’s charge may or may not be true, and while the Republican primary is immaterial to Crist, now, it’s likely going to hang around all summer and into the general election, buzzing in voters’ ears.

And that may well cost Charlie the promotion he so desperately wants.

(via David Freddoso)


Interview with Marco Rubio

June 5, 2010

Ed Morrissey does a wide-ranging and interesting interview with Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee-presumptive in the Florida senate race. Rubio was in Minnesota for a fund-raiser hosted by Governor Tim Pawlenty:

LINKS: An interview from a few months ago with National Review. Rubio was also interviewed by Power Line. The video hasn’t been posted yet, but John Hinderaker writes about his impressions of Marco.


This guy’s good

April 18, 2010

The Democrats have a serious fight on their hands to hold this district against Allen West‘s charge:


Dear Florida

December 29, 2009

Please elect this man. All will be forgiven*.

You do your part, and we’ll get Chuck DeVore in, okay?

*(C’mon. You know what you did…)

(ht: Erick Erickson.)