After Tuesday’s election results showed Congressman Allen West’s opponent won his Florida District 18 election, West filed a lawsuit calling for authorities to confiscate paper ballots and voting machines. Resulting from he 2010 Census, Florida gained two new congressional districts West has represented Florida’s 22nd District until Republicans waved their magic twanger and turned 22 into a Democrat bastion. West moved on to the hopefully more hospitable but newly drawn District 18 which was represented by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who moved to District 27 and won re-election.
West’s attorney’s also asked that any “voting machines and any associated equipment or documentary or record evidence, used in connection with the Election in this Election District be impounded to prevent further voting and/or to declare the intent of voters for votes cast on the Voting Machines.”
West’s attorneys will be in court Friday asking for their motion to be granted. The case was originally supposed to be in court Thursday, but was delayed.
“The irregularities I’m talking about are that two o’clock in the morning, we had a 2,000 vote lead and then the votes were recounted, it was a 2,400 vote lead for my opponent. We want to find out about that,” West said Thursday.
Murphy’s slight lead is outside the margin that would require a recount in the Sunshine State. Source: CBS Miami
In January 2012 I attempted to explain the mess the Florida Republican legislature created and asked why they would risk losing seats. It was clear that Republicans deemed West troublesome and tried to do something about him and it looks like they may have shot themselves in the foot while trying to kill off a West U.S. House seat. It also indicated that Romney or his advocates were involved in trying to send West back to the private sector.
West’s congressional district inexplicably sheds the most Republican electoral support, in comparison 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 A few weeks back we quoted an unnamed legislator saying that, “Allen West was screwed”, a statement which was originally made about made five months before the proposed maps were made public, leading insiders to believe that the fix was in against Allen West.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 [Weatherford is a Republican – see more below] comment, it is increasingly clear that this is a fait accompli…
So based on Weatherford’s comments, the 22nd Congressional District is now very much in play for the Democrat Party, and West is at an even larger disadvantage than he was previously- it will be a very difficult and expensive seat for Republicans to defend.
And to that, I said:
So whether Romney and/or his campaign is “maneuvering” West’s removal, we don’t know, but we do know that a Romney spokesman, soon to be Speaker of the Florida Senate, says West is vulnerable, and has said the maps will not change.
“There were numerous other disturbing irregularities reported at polls across St. Lucie County, including the doors to polling places being locked when the polls closed, in direct violation of Florida law, thereby preventing the public from witnessing the procedures used to tabulate results,” a statement released by the West campaign said.
The West campaign filed injunctions against the supervisors of elections in Palm Beach County and St. Lucie County to impound voting machines and paper ballots.
“We will continue to fight to ensure every vote is counted properly and fairly, and accordingly will pursue all legal means necessary,” the statement concluded.
The fiery tea partier isn’t guaranteed a recount under Florida election law which only stipulates an automatic recount in races if the margin of difference between the candidates is a half-percent or less. As close as the race is, it doesn’t meet that criterion.
I see reporting that the GOP tried to redistrict West into “a more favorable race,” but that’s not what happened. We do forget conveniently and quickly, don’t we?
Florida GOP vs. Congressman Allen West
So why would the “most conservative legislature” in Florida’s history look the other way as West’s congressional district lines are re-drawn? Is the fix really in to knock Allen West out of Congress? About five months ago, a very high ranking member of the Florida legislature gave me a very disturbing prediction regarding redistricting- “Allen West is screwed.” Take note that comment was made five months ago, long before the proposed maps were made public.
So are the poobahs in the Florida legislature really gunning to oust Allen West? Was a backroom deal made with the Democrat members of the legislature to put West’s seat into play in order to protect the other congressional seats that would favor any future runs for Congress by existing members of the Florida Legislature? The deals were struck, and the maps drawn behind closed doors.
It wouldn’t surprise us if this were the case. There is no love lost between the Florida legislature and Congressman Allen West, who has proven to be the anti-Republican establishment congressman. Back in the 2008 election cycle when West unsuccessfully ran for Congress, Republicans in the legislature did not support West. Former indicted Republican Party of Florida Boss Jim Greer and Governor Charlie Crist stayed out of the race until the very end, even after West’s Republican primary race was over.
Crist endorsed West four days prior to the general election, and Greer showed his support by writing West a personal check of $500 several weeks before the general election. This was also the case during the 2010 election cycle as state legislators sat on their hands, much like they did with Senator Marco Rubio. The Rubio saga is well documented, as the backdoor dirty deals and threats weighed heavy on the Rubio for Senate campaign against Crist.
In 2010, Will Weatherford, who is the current State House Redistricting Chairman, also supported Crist over Rubio before Crist left the GOP and ran as an Independent.
You may ask yourself why would the Florida GOP legislature not protect one of the most respected and beloved congressman in Washington D.C.? Could the reasons be as simple as sheer arrogance and self-political preservation by the Tallahassee elites? Source: Shark Tank