Congressman Alcee Hastings won a bid for Congress from Lois Frankel, the “most prominent Democrat opponent” of Republican Allen West (FL-22nd). Judicial Watch filed a sexual harrassment lawsuit against Hastings this week on behalf of Republican Winsome Parker. Frankel, the outgoing Mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida is challenging West in the 2012 election, and is running far behind. The campaign appears to already be underway – let the polling begin.
West is leading Lois Frankel,” by wide margins in a telephone poll: 83% of Republicans favored West, but only 69% of Democrats favored Frankel. Independents were equally split at 45%.
Some 50 percent of the sample had a favorable impression of West, while 36 percent had an unfavorable impression. Only 28 percent had a favorable rating of Frankel, while 36 percent viewed her unfavorably.
The poll surveyed 809 registered voters likely to cast ballots in the 2012 general election. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The poll questions voters who answer over the telephone with touch-tone responses…
After serving in the Florida state House as a “liberal Democrat” (is there any other kind?) Boston Politics said she won the first of two “nonpartisan terms” as the West Palm Beach Mayor, and lost a former U.S. House bid to the outrageous Congressman Alcee Hastings, who Judicial Watch filed a sexual harrassment lawsuit against this month, on behalf of Winsome Packer:
For over two years, from January 2008 through February 19, 2010, Ms. Packer was forced to endure unwelcome sexual advances, crude sexual comments, and unwelcome touching by Mr. Hastings while serving as the Representative of the Commission to the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Although Ms. Packer repeatedly rejected Mr. Hastings sexual attention and repeatedly complained about the harassment to the Commission Staff Director, Fred Turner, Mr. Hastings refused to stop sexually harassing her. Rather, Mr. Hastings and Mr. Turner began to retaliate against Ms. Packer “including making threats of termination” because she continued to object to Mr. Hastings’ conduct.
Ms. Packer was particularly vulnerable to such threats because she was a Republican working for the Democratically-controlled Commission, a point that both Mr. Hastings and Mr. Turner used to threaten and intimidate her. Eventually, the emotional distress, anxiety, and humiliation caused by the sexual harassment and retaliation caused Ms. Packer to suffer severe health problems and forced her to leave her prestigious position.
According to our complaint, “Mr. Hastings’ intention was crystal clear: he was sexually attracted to Ms. Packer, wanted a sexual relationship with her, and would help progress her career if she acquiesced to his sexual advances.”
As a judge of the Broward County circuit court, he was impeached for accepting a $150,000 bribe. The U.S. Senate convicted him and removed him from the bench. They chose not to bar him from seeking federal office again, so he sits in the The People’s House, now accused of sexual harrassment.
Nancy Pelosi tried to make him the head of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which drew strong opposition. She withdrew his appointment.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Congressman Hastings spent $24,000 on a leased Lexus hybrid. It was legal and the taxpayer money was drawn from an expense allowance granted to all lawmakers. The $24,000 was deemed not out-of-line with what everyone else in Congress was doing.
Back to Allen West: The first article linked above describes Allen West as “strident,” which the dictionary defines as “harsh,” “screeching,” “grating,” and “shrill.” I don’t know when the author , William Gibson, had the opportunity to hear West speak, but he is none of the accused. West is a calm, moderately-modulated speaker, plain-spoken without nuances. He says what he means, and means what he says. That’s why voters voted for him. He is a principled man, a former military hero, and conservatives across the country will help West be re-elected. His political career will not stop at the House, indeed, he has indicated he might consider being a vice-presidential pick.