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Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC backs Klein over veteran West

by George Bennett | October 1st, 2010



The PAC for the nation’s largest veterans group has has endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein over Republican challenger and war veteran Allen West.

“This endorsement is based on your strong support for veterans, national security & defense, and military personnel issues,” says a letter to Klein from Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC Director Salvatore Capirchio.



The VFW represents more than 2.1 million vets. Its PAC mainly endorses incumbents from both parties and in 2008 gave 55 percent of its contributions to Democrats and 45 percent to Republicans.

Klein also was endorsed this week by Veterans and Military Families for Progress.

West has been endorsed by Veterans for Freedom, Combat Veterans for Congress, Iraq Vetrans for Freedom and the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Committee.

46 Responses to “Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC backs Klein over veteran West”

  1. Challah Says:

    Greetings my Fellow Patriotic Extremists,

    I have just learned that the immature, petulant, and irrelevant group know as the VFW has chosen to endorse Little Lord Ron over LTC Allen West and I am well, appalled. The insidiousness of this group shows a lack of extreme devotion to this constitutional republic.

    I am here by calling on Allen West to do to the VFW what he has already promised to do to the socialist publication the Palm Beach Post – destroy them. Any opposition to LTC West must be taken behind the woodshed and stabbed with bayonets. From henceforth, I will use Gestapo-like tactics to seek out opposition to Allen West and make them afraid to leave their homes before eliminating them. PETULANCE SHALL NOT BE TOLERATED!

    As you are all aware, I have been fighting for weeks now to defend Allen West’s right not to pay his taxes. As previously mentioned, West’s second act as a member of Congress will be to exempt all professional intellectual warriors from paying their taxes (his first act will be taking that damn gavel from Nancy Pelosi). I shall continue my patriot fight by Allen’s side until the progressive, liberal agenda has been destroyed.

    More Steadfast and Loyal than you,




  3. Sgt. Johnny Rotten Says:

    Klein and his America-hating colleagues have ZERO respect for the military, their families or their sacrifice. They’re corrupt and use the power of the purse to twist the arms of weak leaders and force undeserved honors by a once honorable group.

    Just like unions, the VFW leadership is completely out-of-touch with their rank-and-file members. The decision to by the VFW to endorse Klein over a genuine war veteran from the VFW is disgraceful.

  4. Alan Keyes Says:

    @ Johnny Rotten

    you are a retard!

  5. Niel Anblowme Says:

    Oh come on Keyes, you can do better than that.

    Go watch your MSNBC, catch Olberman’s dribble and just type it in.

    Or watch that dude Maddow and repeat what he says.

    How about a cut-and-paste from the Kos?

    Now go get ‘em! We’re all pulling for ya…… jackass.

  6. Beth M. Says:

    Ron Klein would do whatever it takes to avoid serving in the armed forces, a jewish mama’s boy who was intimidated by Israeli soldier hitchikers!

    These veterans are misguided by their decision. I can only deduce they are very lucky they came back alive from their service to our country.

    IT IS ALLEN WEST WHO IS THE WAR HERO. The Board decision to endorse Klein must have been after SOMA (or GRAFT was slipped into their pocket) was slipped in their beverage.



  7. WOW! Says:

    Could it actually be the folks at the VFW realize that while West is a veteran, his style, his rhetoric and his strict right wing ideology will make him a very ineffective legislator?

    And the fact is, a legislator who is ineffective is not good for veterans issues. If a local VA needs more money or if there needs to be a program to fund service dogs for wounded vets (oh ya, something Klein did), a guy like West, who will burn all bridges, particularly across the aisle, in a heart beat, will not be the guy to get the job done, on those issues or any other issue for that matter.

    So good job VFW PAC for realizing just how awful a congressman Allen West will make.

    And all you right wingers on this board can take that to the woodshed.

  8. I'm Allen West Says:

    BUT………..I Have a security clearance higher than the President. You all at the VFW PAC will pay for your petulance and the dishonor you represent. And when I win, we are going to take the VFW PAC behind the woodshed and give them a good old southern fried buttwhooping. And then we are going to take Ron Klein behind the same woodshed, and we are going to whoop him too.

  9. swathdiver Says:

    Seems to me the VFW is now a Statist front group. Been taken over and now is used for electing Democrats.

    As students of history know, Democrats have a consistent history of subverting the Constitution and promoting Statism at home and abroad which has led to the deaths of millions and the enslavement of billions in a quest to realize their utopian dreams.

    Socialism in ANY form is immoral and EVIL!

  10. swathdiver Says:

    GO WEST!!!

  11. Mouthing Off Says:

    Klein also tried using the holocaust to eliminate companies bidding on the high speed train in Florida.

    Tried the same thing in CA, but the governor vetoed it. Why punish companies for horrible things that happened decades and decades and decades ago?

    Watch who YOU vote for governor or our State will be compromised.

    The Holocaust happened nearly 60 years ago; Germany and France are STILL being pummeled while those who perptrated this our either DEAD or dying.

    Time to move on, stop the harranguing. Let’s not forget one wants PEACE in the World and yet there are too many still complaining about the Inquisition and the Crusades which happened CENTURIES ago!

    How can peace come about when those who SAY they want peace continue to agitate.

    Klein is an agitator. We don’t need Ron representing the past, we need someone looking to the future.

    Ron is all mouth. WEST actually was a soldier IN the war! Actions speak louder than words.

  12. veteran Says:

    These people have totally LOST it and they sure in hell do not represent me or anyone I know who has ever served in the military. What sort of pay off happened here?

  13. JAN SOBIESKI - Klein Obama's Pet Says:

    Obama walked out in a huff from his meeting with the Israeli prime minister, which signaled to Turkey and the other Jihadi terrorists that it was OK to push Israel around. The result was the terror flotila which was the worst existential threat to Israel since the Yom Kippur war.

    Now Obama is signalling complacency on terror attacks, by saying “US can absorb another terror attack”, which will be another signal to the terrorists that the government is not so concerned about them (such attacks). God only knows what the results of that will be!

    Any vote for Obama’s little pet Ron Klein is a vote to destabilize Israel.

  14. Sam Says:

    Adios, Mr. West. In a few weeks you can go back to reviewing your checkbook and late bills. Please get that all sorted out. After that, then try running for the secretary of your homeowner’s association, take that job for a couple of years. If you don’t run the community into the ground, then go for vice president. But please try not to make all the members of your housing community afraid to come out of their homes…

  15. They are hypocrites Says:

    The UN REPORT stated that Israel was too aggressive in their attack on the flotilla.

    Amazing how stories get turned around.

    Jews don’t rule the world, or the media and hopefully won’t dominate the USA politically.

    What other religious State gets trillion$ in aid? Does the Vatican get aid from the USA? Why Israel?

    Israel ONLY lets jews emigrate. And they question black ethopian jews regarding their conversions so they don’t have to let them into Israel. That IS pathetic! Jews who claim to be so wonderful, are prejudice and RESTRICT. SHAME! HYPOCRITES!

    Why are no Israelis fighting beside our soldiers in the MIddle East? Why?

    Shame. Israel deserves to be free from threat but Israeli and jews go TOO far.

  16. ticktock Says:

    Is this Vets group real enough for you Joshie boy?

    Day 39…..still waiting for the proof.

  17. Al Jazeera English Says:

    We’re still here West. And without the VFW behind you, you’re even weaker than before. The voices in your head are correct. Watch your six.

  18. Vince D. Says:

    Klein is a typical politician, and now people can see it in action. How he goes down hard like all the other political HACKS !

  19. I'm Allen West Says:

    If it comes to the safety and lives of my men, I’d stick my dick in a gasoline can and then walk through hell. Beat that Real Allen West.

  20. So Please Leave!! Says:

    This election cycle is the most important election cycle for the future of this country. It is about the legislative agenda of this country ,and the liberal progressive legislative agenda that is coming out of Washington D.C. is the antithesis of what our founding fathers left for us, it is the antithesis of what our grandparents and our parents did for us which enables us to be here today. They are calling for to us right now. And my challenge to you, what will you leave to your children?

  21. Oliver Closeoff Says:

    Ron Klein is just a liberal lap dog for Obama and Pelosi. The only war he fights is against main stream Americans.

    Klein voted for job-killing taxes, trillions in bankrupting debt and a massive government takeover of health care.

    Give West a chance. He can’t do any worse and with a new attitude in DC, he could actually do better for veteran’s, since he really is one.

  22. swathdiver Says:


    Who cares what the UN says? They are rabid anti-semites.

    Israel is not a Theocracy, they are in fact quite secular.

    Jews cannot fight alongside our troops because the host countries are anti-semites too.

    Israel has bent over backwards to accomodate the palestinians when the correct and biblical course of action is not to. Within her borders are groups who charter (Hamas) seeks Israel’s destruction. This is satanic and against God.

  23. Peter North Says:

    Talk about taking one on the chin Allen West.

  24. Tex Says:

    Ron Klein is Nancy Pelosi’s sock puppet. Both of them, and all of their Democrats comrades in congress, have shown they have zero respect for the wisdom of the Founders of this once great, but now over burdened and quickly failing nation.

    Neither Klein nor Pelosi, nor any of their Democrat comrades in congress today, have shown any respect for the rightful constraints the Founders instilled into our Constitution, to keep our federal government from becoming an outright tyranny.

    Which it has been edging faster and farther toward, now, during the Democrat and Mr. Ron Klein’s watch.

    This endorsement is worse than laughable, it’s absolutely absurd.

    With this absurd endorsement, I’m losing respect for the VFW faster than I have lost respect for congress. Under the despicable unconstitutional leadership of anti-Constitution Statist, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

    I pray the VFW can soon see the egregious error of it’s way, and replace those that have made this country less safe by endorsing so many despicable Democrats, and that handful of equally despicable Republican politicians, that are deliberately taxing and spending and ignoring our Constitution, and pushing our country into political and economic oblivion.

  25. Shalom Says:

    Yeah, who cares what the UN says=Obama

    The UN is bristling against Arizona for their immigration law. (careful, remember Israel sent their migrants’ children BACK to see their grandmothers)

    Can’t have it both way.

    And the UN also accused Mossad in the death of the Hamas leader.

    And what about the TRILLION Dollar$ in aid to Israel?

    What about the black ethopians held back from emigrating to Israel because Israel is concerned about their parentage? If they’re truly jews!?

    Israelis have NEVER fought BESIDE American soldiers. Always some excuse.
    Bring our children HOME! Tired of them dying for Israel.

  26. Haha Says:

    Another sign that Allen West’s campaign is falling off the tracks. This is sure to be the start of a great week, and great final month, for Joshie Grodin. Tick Tock, Joshie, Tick Tock.

  27. Math Says:

    Tex=Joshie boy Grodin
    Sgt. Johnny Rotten=Joshie boy Grodin.

    Fun playing comment with you Joshie.

  28. Prejudice Says:

    Who’s a jew?

    It’s your mama!

  29. Bloggy Bayou Says:

    NY Times Columnist Admits: Republicans More “civically literate” Than Democrats


  30. Termack Says:

    I totally agree with swathdiver,
    Go west!!!!! No seriously, Mr West, get on a Greyhound and go west.

  31. Col Jack Says:

    The VFW sold us out. Allen West is a true hero and a smart individual. Big mistake.

  32. Roger Says:

    Open Letter To Ron Klein

    I had expected that you would run a campaign that would tout your accomplishments and set forth your goals for the next two years. Instead all we get is a continual rehash of the same negative advertisement. Apparently you are ashamed to talk about your votes in congress and avoid the fact that you didn’t care to listen to your constituents. It seems that your allegiance lies with Nancy Pelosi and not the citizens of your district. The point of your campaign that bothers me the most is your intimation that anyone who has had financial problems doesn’t have the proper values to live in your district. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  33. Private letter to Roger Says:

    Roger, here is a dollar, buy yourself a clue….Allen West has walked around for three years talking about “personal responsibility” and making it a central theme of his campaign, him being a complete deadbeat just illustrates what an utter hypocrite and opportunist West is. My suggestion; stop, think, and put down the kool aid.

  34. RealAngst Says:

    Alan West is no hero. He resigned under investigation for violations of US LAW which ended with his resignation. The VFW represents MILLIONS of REAL HEROS and I am certain that the membership of the VFW were consulted. As the child of a WWII HERO, a member of VFW Post 50, I support the VFW and the decision to not support Alan West for anything. Alan West needs to go west, somewhere far west of Florida.

  35. swathdiver Says:


    Specifically, which law did Col. West break??? If there was a bounty on your head and those of your men what would you do? Call a lawyer???

    Nobody is saying that the vets at the VFW are not honorable men. It’s the goofballs who endorsed Klein who are not. Klein is a Statist and Statists are opposed to the United States and her Constitution. They violate their oath of office as they utter the words.

    GO WEST!!!

  36. constitution 101 Says:


  37. Jackson Says:

    Anyone who is involved in any military organizations and veteran groups in South Florida knows that Allen has the support from the right military organizations and veteran groups. Most of the organizations/veterans who support Klein are a bunch of puppets for Klein with no leadership skills at all. Are they a threat – NO! What will be very interesting to see how they will react to the election results. Maybe they’ll hire Ron Klein as a bartender…ummmm….or do they only hire veterans? Sorry Ron!

  38. LewWaters Says:

    As a native South Floridian now living in the Pacific Northwest and a Viet Nam Veteran and member of the VFW, this move by the VFW PAC will cause me to no longer support or belong to the VFW.

    I was born and raised in South Florida and know Broward County all too well. I also know the disdain the left has had for Veterans for decades now.

    That such an organization would turn their backs on a real Veteran for another smooth talking leftist is enough for me to bid them farewell.

  39. NoLonger-a-VFW-member Says:

    This is the breaking point in my decision to terminate my Life Membership with the VFW. The VFW has become nothing more than a political puppet to those, such as Klein, that they support. Come on, the man never served. WEST all the way!!!!!

  40. Wake up sleepyhead Says:

    Klein served in the 101st Mouth-breathing Liberal Brigade – Extreme Deficit Wing.

  41. cmblake6 Says:

    Are they out of their frakking MINDS? I would have used the more common term, but I don’t know how much of a “family oriented” site this might be.

  42. Jack Hawkins Says:

    Yesterday the Senior VFW Leader in Florida Pat Nicholson, set a letter to the VFW PAC Executive Director objecting the manner in which the VFW PAC made their endorsements.
    The Department of Florida VFW had no say in the PAC endorsement process, the letter states.

    Commander Nicholson also states in his letter, that “I am asking each member of the department of Florida to disregard the list of endorsements as published in this month’s VFW Magazine and to vote their own conscience since we had no input to this year’s endorsement process.”

    VFW PAC is not the Department, District and Posts, that make up the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

  43. Jack Hawkins Says:

    In an article posted today on the VFW National Web Site is the following:

    VFW Leadership at Odds with VFW-PAC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 8, 2010 – The national line officers of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are at odds with the VFW Political Action Committee (PAC), calling the methodology process used by the PAC “seriously flawed at best this year and in immediate need of extensive review,” in the wake of the recent congressional endorsements made by the committee.

    “Even though the law requires that VFW-PAC be a separate organization, the acronym ‘VFW’ is attached to the committee and the natural assumption is that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is somehow making the endorsement decisions. Nothing could be further from the truth, but perception is reality,” said National Commander Richard Eubank.

    “Obviously, an organization’s political positions have to reflect the opinions of its members. But those opinions can’t be perceived as ‘off the wall,’ and the methodology used this year to grade candidates obviously is skewed in favor of the incumbent. That isn’t fair, and it actually subverts the democratic process.”

    Because of the controversy surrounding the endorsements, VFW line officers have decided to bring the question of continued existence of the PAC to the floor during the 112th VFW national convention in August. ( 2011)

    There is no endorsement of Ron Klein by the VFW, as A NATIONAL VETERAN’S GROUP. Within Florida, each member is to vote his own heart and mind.

  44. Tex Says:

    It must have been a very difficult decision, but thank God Commander Eubank has courageously stepped up once again in service to this country.

    In the end his decision to continue to live by and honor his lifelong oath may not come without consequences. But nobody has ever claimed that defending the Constitution is easy, or without any consequence.

    However, it is shameful that the eleven member Board of the VFW PAC haven’t been able to be as honorable as Commander Eubank. Or comprehend that their primary role is no different today than the day they took their oath.

    In brief, the oath commits all to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”, forever.

    Today, the best possible resolution is for the entire current VFW PAC Board to voluntarily do the honorable thing & step down immediately. Before any more damage is done to the honorable reputation of the VFW as a whole.

    But if in the end the VFW PAC must be dissolved to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States”, so be it.

  45. Mr Patriot Says:

    Life Member of the VFW, and I am really appalled by this! The VFW, is going to be hearing from me!

  46. AJ Says:

    Allen West is a great American and a war hero. The VFW has now jumped the shark when it comes to relevance. You cant call yourself a veterans organization and endorse someone who has voted to gut the military over an actual veteran.

    If i was a member, i would walk away from the organization immediately….

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