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Some bad GOP blood over Loeb switch

by George Bennett | May 28th, 2009


Republicans Nick Loeb and Allen West aren’t running against each other. But businessman Loeb’s switch last week from a state House race to a state Senate campaign drew some scorching criticism from congressional candidate West that Loeb characterized as “threatening.”

After getting an e-mail from the Loeb campaign announcing the switch, West fired back a Blackberry response asking to be removed from Loeb’s mailing list.

“My Country and this State are in serious peril. My character and integrity compel me to not support confused, unprincipled political opportunists,” West wrote. “I wish you good health and a prosperous life, but you are not what our State, and certainly our Country, needs at this critical and defining moment. No response required and please, do not cross me. Best regards, Allen.”

Loeb professed puzzlement at West’s response.

“I’m not sure why he sent me an e-mail threatening me,” Loeb said.

Loeb was running for the state House seat of term-limited House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Boca Raton. But when Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, announced last week that he is running statewide for chief financial officer, Loeb jumped into that race. State Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, dropped her House reelection bid to enter the Senate race as well. Term-limited state Rep. Carl Domino, R-Jupiter, is also running.

Atwater’s Palm Beach-Broward Senate district overlaps much of congressional District 22, where West got 45.3 percent against better-financed Democratic Rep. Ron Klein last year. West is running for the seat in 2010.

West and Loeb met this month when West attended a fund-raiser headlined by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for Loeb’s state House campaign. West wasn’t there as a contributor but said he was a guest of Broward County GOP Chairman Chip LaMarca.

“I have the same principles (West) heard when he came to my fund-raiser,” Loeb said today.

Asked about the “do not cross me” line in his e-mail to Loeb, West said, “Don’t come back at me with the behind-the-door type of stuff to undercut me. That’s what that meant….I’m not threatening anybody.”

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17 Responses to “Some bad GOP blood over Loeb switch”

  1. Palm Beach 101 Says:

    Loeb needs to wake up and get out of this race asap.

  2. youngrepublican Says:

    More examples of why West is a complete whack job. He continues to run for a seat he has no chance in winning. How does he even afford to run and not work. I want to run for congress and build my ego up to but I like most must work. I guess we now see the temper that almost got him dishonorably discharged. If we continue to listen to people like West we will be a minority party for some time to come. Lets start listening to the grown ups like Atwater

  3. Steve Says:

    Is it that hard for Loeb to get an article to mention him?

    So West doesn’t like Loeb, okay whats the problem. If I remember correctly, the city of Delray didn’t like Loeb either.

    Lets be honest, Loeb probably flooded West’s inbox with junk political mail and West had had enough. I commend him for it.

  4. Susan Says:

    So West told Loeb:

    - That the country is in serious peril.

    - He doesn’t like political opportunists.

    - Wished him a prosperous and good life.

    - That he wanted to be off his mailing list since he isn’t a supporter.

    - And to just stay away from him.

    I don’t see what the big deal is.

  5. Allen West Says:

    I, Allen West, am completely insane, angry, violent, and promise to embarrass all of my supporters.

    Vote Allen West and get an angry idiot for a Congressman.

    Allen West for U.S. Jerk!

  6. Danny Says:

    Wow, either Loeb’s supporters are active today or Klein’s are.

  7. Allen West Says:

    I make more enemies than I make friends.

    All of my friends are idiots anyway.

    I was almost dishonorably discharged from the Army.

    I physically and psychologically abused a prisoner.

    I don’t live in the congressional district I am running for.

    I am a political opportunist.

    I am an angry man.

    My family barely supports me.

    My former soldiers barely support me.

    My friends barely support me.

    Will you support me?

  8. Allen West Says:

    DO NOT CROSS ME!

  9. Mark Says:

    4:10,

    It’s Porno Nickie’s friends on here.

  10. Weird Cat Says:

    So West came to Loeb’s Giuliani fundraiser as a hanger-on, probably to try to get in front of the contibutors to Loeb that wouldnt return West’s phone calls.
    Then he repays it by not only sending an odd email, he leaks it to the press. Disturbed.

    Cmon Hasner, run against this West guy, he is a clown.

  11. Not a friend of either Says:

    You know what… I was not a fan of this Loeb guy. I met him at a couple of events and thought he was a bit of a jerk. But I think it takes something to print something about WEST. I can tell you I am a republican in Boca Raton. After knowing what I know about west and his attitude toward others, I refused to vote for him in the last election (a shock to my friends). I refuse to support him this year along with my friends.

    Nick Loeb you have gone up considerably in my book. I will find a way to help your campaign in every way!

  12. 4merwestsupporter Says:

    Maybe West will learn not to send out emails that can come back to bite. Doubt it though.

  13. Nick Loeb Says:

    I love making porn movies. Please vote for me.

  14. Ron Klein Says:

    I’m such an idiot for not getting into the Senate race.

  15. anon Says:

    Allen West has served his country his entire life. He is running for a seat that is winnable, considering it was held by a Republican just two terms ago. He is a rare statesman who has vision for our country.

  16. Curious Says:

    Honest question. It seems everywhere I look the South Florida GOP is fawning over West. I’m not very impressed. Is there a legitemate chance for another Republican to take West on in the primary? What are your thoughts?

  17. ron klein Says:

    Please tell Allen I love him for making this such an easy race to win

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