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Klein starts general election with attack ad against West; West camp says Klein ‘flat-out lied’

by George Bennett | August 24th, 2010

None of that feel-good introductory stuff for U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, as he begins his general election race against Republican challenger Allen West.

With the polls barely closed from today’s primaries, the Klein campaign tonight is launching the first ad of the fall campaign — a 30-second spot slamming West for some financial issues originally reported here plus a claim that West had an $11,000 IRS lien filed against him in Marion County, Ind.

West campaign manager Josh Grodin says he’ll provide proof Wednesday that the document cited in the Klein ad is not valid.

Says Grodin: β€œIt’s sad that Klein has chosen to play politics as usual at a time when our country needs principled leadership – especially considering the fact that he flat out lied about Allen ever having an IRS lien in Marion County. Let me say this again. Allen West, and his wife Dr. Angela M. Graham-West have never resided, nor owned property in Marion County, IN, and there was never a valid IRS lien placed upon them. Since Ron Klein approved this message, then Ron Klein owes the West family a formal public apology for this outrageous lie in his first campaign ad in 2010.”

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26 Responses to “Klein starts general election with attack ad against West; West camp says Klein ‘flat-out lied’”

  1. fritz katz Says:

    “there was never a v-a-l-i-d IRS lien placed upon either West.”
    Weasel words if I ever heard any. If there was ANY kind of IRS lien placed, then Klein is NOT a liar and Grodin will be revealed as a PR whore and owe him an apology and the public a resignation. I shouldn’t have called him a whore as that disparages honest, hard-working whores out there. ANYWAY where there’s smoke there’s fire and if Klein found out and is using it, more power to him. IMHO sounds like IRS tried to chase the Wests but made a typo or filed in wrong county or settled but something smells fishy on the West side of the street. We”ll soon find out the truth… hopefully.

  2. Tim O'Neill Says:

    What is most telling is that a man who was entrusted by the voters with a Congressional seat has to resort to invalid and unrelated attacks on his opponent. Obviously Mr Klein won’t run on what has occured since he was sent to Washington in 2007. Unemployment doubled, foreclosures soared and the deficits are in orbit. He has some serious accounting to do, no matter his opponent.

  3. Big Spender/Liar Says:

    The fact is that West has still not paid his taxes and run up big credit card bills since he came to South Florida, yet he wants to represent us in Congress to restore individual responsibility in our country. If that is not hypocrisy and b.s., then I dont know what is.

    West says he is an outsider, but he is just a political opportunist and liar like the rest of the politicians in D.C.

  4. IseeUJason Says:

    What next? Allen was arrested for cocaine possession? Klein is desperate to get his Jewish base back. So how does he try to get them back?

    Show them West is a typical Nigg@r that doesn’t pay his bills.

    This either tells you how racist Klein is or it’s a reflection of the racism in the Jewish community. Either way it’s sad because Klein supported the financial regulation that created the economic mess we all find ourselves in.

    This may surprise Klein but normal people are having a hard time financially.

  5. Big Spender/Liar Says:

    @IseeyouJason–

    How is this racist? If West didn’t pay his bills, he didn’t pay his bills. His skin color doesn’t matter. But a politician running and saying he will change the spending problem in Washington when doesn’t pay his own bills, that’s a big problem.

    West is a blowhard and he is completely full of crap.

  6. Big Spender/Liar Says:

    West’s campaign manager couldn’t provide the proof right away. He probably has none.

    Allen West-stop lying. And while you are at it, pay your bills and stop preaching fiscal responsibility to others.

  7. 2012 - End of an Error Says:

    Klein needs to wake up to reality. By November, any connection to Reid, Pelosi and Obama will be political poison.

  8. IseeUJason Says:

    @Big Spender/Liar

    How will Klein take votes from West with this ad? Will the tens of thousands in that district struggling paycheck to paycheck see this ad and vote for Klein? No.

    This ad is targeting wealthy old Jews drowning in their apple sauce. It’s racist, because everyone knows they’re one of the last vestiges of society that still believes in racial stereotypes.

    Look at how the video starts: Klein smiling with a little old Jewish lady in the background. Then he plays video of Allen just in case some of these old folks haven’t realized he’s BLACK!

    C’mon! This is soooo clearly targeting a specific group here. It’s really sad.

  9. brett michels Says:

    Check the state records. there are several Allen Wests with different kinds of judgements. there is one tax lien lawsuit for a whopping $325. That includes court costs. A whopping $325. Think about how ridiculous that is. That’s like attacking a guy for having a parking ticket or speeding.

    Allen West bravely and honorably served the United States in combat zones. And people are having a hissy fit over $325. amazing.

  10. brett michels Says:

    And, by the way, that tax lien case may have been another Allen West.

  11. NOWEST Says:

    Allen West also used political wrangling to avoid prison time for his courtmarshal by quitting the military so he could retain his FEDERAL pension and live off Uncle Sam instead of spend time in Leavenworth.

    When disciplinary proceedings were commenced against West, senior congressional Republicans, including Senator John Warner and Congressman Duncan Hunter — who as chairs, respectively, of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, had their hands on the Pentagon’s pursestrings — intervened aggressively to protect him. The result: instead of facing punishment that could have included prison time, West got off with a fine, a reprimand and early departure from the service.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/18/pincuss-double-standard_n_291801.html

    @IseeUJason: August 25th, 2010 at 6:38 am (Josh)
    You are Delusional, West is the one who supports the failed economic policies of the RIGHT that brought down our economy, and opposes financial reforms and oversight.
    BTW Allen West is the professed religious BIGOT who preaches intolerance.

  12. Paul Says:

    C’mon, Mr. Klein -

    Don’t run AGAINST anybody. Run on your own record.

    You know, where you voted to borrow money against the future earnings of our children and grandchildren and send the money to those New York financial institutions that so generously contributed to your last two campaigns.

    Since you are so beholden to them, let THEM vote for you.

  13. Big Spender/Liar Says:

    Its an issue because even though people are struggling, they cut back and still pay their bills. West does not cut back, does not pay his bills, yet he preaches fiscal responsibility to people. The biggest problem in D.C. is government overspending and the debt we have and West, who cant pay his own bills and take care of his own finances, is not someone who will help solve the problem.

  14. Palm Beacher Says:

    The truth of the matter is that West lost 26% of the REPUBLICAN vote to a guy that, by Joyce Kaufman’s own admission, never showed up for anything. That 26% was not for Brady, who no one knew. It was against West. If he can not get enough republicans to come out and vote, he will lose. He will lose big if those republicans don’t like him so much that they will vote democrat. The democrats in Palm Beach and Broward counties will not vote republican so he could get destroyed.

  15. Exnjcop Says:

    I’d vote for the devil himself if he were running against Klein. Klein voted for healthcare, stimulous and cap & trade even though his district is against it. He didn’t even have the guts to hold town hall meetings before the healthcare vote and has hidden from the voters since. November 2nd his district will show it’s unhappiness by showing him the door.

  16. Mark Says:

    Allen West irresponsibly compares everything to Nazi Germany. He goes for quick cheap political talk that energizes a crazy base of people, but he has NO answers.

  17. SHAME-on-KELIN Says:

    Klein is emblamatic of the problem in the Liberal Congress today and why we are in this terrible economic situation.

    If you can’t win on good ideas, then make up facts (ahem… lie) to try and knock down opposition.

    We saw this with the Stimulus. You are against job growth (stimulus lie)? You are against economic growth (stimulus lie)? Then vote/oppose the Stimulus bill.

    We saw this with Obamacare. You are against deficit/debt reducing healthcare reform (obamacare lie as now even the CBO says it will add to the deficit)? You are against the uninsured getting access to h/c (obamacare lie as it still leaves out tens of millions of people)? You are against keeping your own insure if you like it (obamacare lie as now we know you can’t).

    List is to long to continue here but I am sure you get the point.

    KLEIN IS JUST ANOTHER OBAMA PUPPET. VOTE HIM OUT.

  18. WEST IS A TRAIN WRECK Says:

    ALLEN WEST IS A TRAIN WRECK!!!

    He is a violent, irrational and angry man. Heaven help us if Allen West is a congressman from our area. It would be an embarrassment to our entire community.

    DON’T GO WEST!!!

  19. sinz54 Says:

    That court-martial for West should never have happened.

    West did what probably thousands of American GIs did in World War II: Go beyond the rules to save the lives of his men.

    West did the right thing, and I’m proud of him.

    I’m just sorry someone saw him do it and ratted on him.

    If I had my way, I would take the gloves off our soldiers and tell them to wipe out the enemy by whatever means necessary.

    And if anybody in the liberal peanut gallery starts squawking, let them sue the United States Government.

  20. constitution 101 Says:

    KLEIN IS A DISGRACE. NO RECORD TO RUN ON. CAN ONLY THROW MUD AND DISTORT.

  21. Klein Lies Says:

    Col West goes around, has meetings, discusses taxes, national security, love of country, and honor. Klein makes crappy “WestInHisOwnWords” youtube accounts, makes disgusting distasteful deceitful ads about his opponent’s family, and won’t attend debates. Why won’t Klein discuss political issues? Could it be because he has no stance on the issues, and just votes with whatever Pelosi says? And therefore isn’t really capable of meeting the Colonial head on? Klein is a joke and is clearly the least qualified of the two candidates

  22. Iwannatalktosampson Says:

    Klein Lies…you do realize there was a debate less than a week ago correct? Dont let facts ever get in the way of a good argument though

  23. ticktock Says:

    Josh….TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK……37 hours and counting…where is the proof????? You are as full of crap as your boss.

  24. Craig B Says:

    Klein is just a Punk!

  25. Pioneer Ancient Says:

    I dont know Mr Klein, so I will not comment on him. I do know Allen West. He and I stood shoulder-to-shoulder in combat and in the face of the enemy. I know Al as a courageous individual who stands by his moral convictions. There are few that I felt more comforatable with, because I trusted him with my life, and the lives of my Soldiers. Dont believe the political, racist attacks against this man. He is a a true Patriot. I can only hope that sometime he will need my help in the future. I will without question stand by him again. God Bless you, my Brother.

  26. Jose Ortega Says:

    ALLEN WEST IS A DISGRACED SOLDIER WHO WAS BOOTED OUT OF THE ARMY BECAUSE HE TORTURED PRISONERS OF WAR.

    IF ELECTED, ALLEN WEST HAS PROMISED TO PUSH LEGISLATION THAT WILL FORCE ALL INDIGENT WOMEN OF CHILD BEARING YEARS TO SUBMIT TO MANDATORY DRUG TESTING AND STERILIZATION AS A PRECONDITION TO ACCEPTING WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS, AND/OR SECTION 8 HOUSING ASSISTANCE.

    IF ELECTED, ALLEN WEST HAS PROMISED TO PUSH FORTH LEGISLATION THAT WILL GREATLY REDUCE MEDICARE BENEFITS BY 60 PERCENT.

    ALLEN WEST BELIEVES THAT ONLY CHILDREN OF THE RULING CLASS CAN ENJOY THE PRIVILAGE OF A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY EDUCATION. ALL OTHERS MUST ATTEND VOCATIONAL TRADE SCHOOLS.

    ALLEN WEST BELIEVES THE ONLY SOLUTION FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE IS TO DISARM AND DISMANTLE THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

    IF ELECTED, ALLEN WEST POMISES TO BRING BACK THE DRAFT. ALLEN WEST WANTS TO SEE YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS DIE FOR THE GLORY OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE.

    ALLEN WEST IS BAD FOR AMERICA.

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