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Democrat challenges ‘right wing extremist’ West

by Dara Kam | March 15th, 2011

Ft. Lauderdale businessman Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, is running against U.S. Rep. Allen West, a tea party favorite who unseated U.S. Rep. Ron Klein in November.

“I love my country. I love South Florida. I’m not going to stand by while right wing extremists like Allen West divide us,” Murphy, vice president of Coastal Environmental Services, said in a press release today announcing his candidacy for District 22, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

National Democrats have targeted West in next year’s elections.

“South Florida simply deserves better than what it’s now getting out of Washington. If we’re going to actually create jobs and protect families, we need representation that isn’t looking backwards,” Murphy said.

Murphy’s company specializes in disaster relief and environmental cleanup, and last year, the native Floridian spent six months in the Gulf of Mexico doing clean-up work after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. West, who lives in Plantation, supports offshore oil drilling.

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26 Responses to “Democrat challenges ‘right wing extremist’ West”

  1. What's That? Says:

    Good luck, Mr. Murphy. You’ll need it.

  2. common cents Says:

    Dara Kam: “Murphy…native Floridian…clean-up work after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. West, who lives in Plantation, supports offshore oil drilling.” Wow. Do you write campaign slogans for Murphy too??? Or are you just a cheerleader? On the surface (I don’t know him) West is an American Hero and stands for principles I doubt someone with your perspective could possibly understand.

  3. American Says:

    I support off shore drilling too!
    Go West!

  4. swetty4020 Says:

    Congressman West is as extreme as George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry etc etc…he put his life on the line for this country for 22 years, now he’s just changed uniforms to represent those is FL-CD22. Patrick Murphy=Sacrificial Lamb. CD-22 is the envy of the rest of America for having this patriot as a Congressman…you should be proud of him.

  5. JGP Says:

    Who?

    I guess this was the best the DCCC could dig up during the much publicized visit to S. Florida. Time to move FL-22 from “Likely Republican” to “Safe Republican”.

  6. JustMeee Says:

    Common cents, if it embarrasses you that the position of your reactionary candidate is stated directly, then perhaps there’s an inherent problem with that position, which is that it’s so ludicrous that it’s embarrassing.

    West’s 15 minutes are about to end.

  7. AB Says:

    The dumocrats are mad because they can’t call him a racist. You go Congressman West. Patrick Murphy is a left wing loser.

  8. Joseph L Cooke Says:

    Another lib who got their money the hard way; from their family. The dude is also part of pushing the ‘green’ fraud. Typical worthless dem.

  9. LaQuishaNiqua Says:

    If the local fishwrapper has anything to do with it West will lose. When the election nears, this paper will put all its influence and power to bear, in an attempt to defeat the republican. Allen West is an American hero..Ill vote for him again. Hopefully he will run for POTUS someday…hes what this country needs desperately.

    The Palm Beach Post ,meanwhile, serves only to get my bowels moving at around 5:30 am. daily…that with a cup of Folgers.

  10. No American Hero Says:

    Allen West is no hero. He cut a deal to avoid being dishonorably discharged from the army. True heroes get honorably discharged based on their exemplary service to our country.

  11. Jacqui Says:

    West was not dishonorably discharged. He retired for the US Army with an honorable discharge. Allen was referred to an Article 15 proceeding rather than court-martial, at which West was fined $5,000. “No American Hero,” you don’t know about what you are writing, which means you know absolutely nothing about the military or the UCMJ. You libs are quaking in your boots, because you know if The Col runs, you’ve got no where to hide.

  12. Larry Snowden Says:

    It’s interesting to note that this guy Murphy, right out of the gate, starts negative campaigning. The last Democrat tried that also and he lost to West by almost 10 percentage points.

  13. HankS_FtLauderdale Says:

    The liberals are fearful of Allen West — for good reason. West stands for constitutional government, national security, and free-market solutions. Where’s the leadership in Washington? West quote: “Leaders know what ‘right’ looks like, and they don’t worry about the next promotion. The first tenant of leadership is courage”.
    Review his videos and listen carefully. West is the real deal.

  14. Sam Says:

    West stand for constitutional government? what a joke. i guess if you remove the 1st amendment; since west basically thinks all Muslims are evil and Islam is not a religion, and the only valid culture in America is ‘judeo-christian’ culture, by his own words. West has no idea what the 1st amendment means,

  15. Sam Says:

    jacqui – should the libs be quaking in their boots b/c the col is going to use bullets on them? the col and you need to come off your crusade and get back to our constition. Also you didn’t even read what “No American Hero” wrote – he did not say Westy was dishonorably discharged, he said West had to cut a deal to avoid being dishonorably discharged, which is the truth. He was not honorably discharged because of his noble service, it was because of the deal he made after his dishonorable conduct, torturing people and getting junk intelligence out of it.

  16. Nevin Says:

    Those of you who besmirch Allen West’s character/independence of judgement or think he is an extremist, please consider the commentary provided by a former administrator at Deerfield Beach High School, where West had previously taught:
    “But probably the best response was from a member of the administration at the high school where I taught for a year following my retirement from the military. On the final day of school, when everyone knew I was not coming back and was heading to Afghanistan, she invited me to her office. I knew she did not care for me, but what she said was incredible. She told me that when she first heard that the school was hiring me, she was appalled and made an official complaint to the principal. She stated that she was sure that she would despise me and consider me a brute. However, after a year, she had come to respect me and like me. I guess that was the best example of what I hope to instill in people.” Berry, Dr. Richard A Missing Link in Leadership: The Trial of Ltc Allen West 2008 page 53
    A statement like this clearly illustrates West’s ability to bring people together, as long as they are honest and patriotic. It is a true testimony to who he is as a person. I ask the liberal and independent readership to consider the above mentioned statement.

  17. Sam Says:

    West clearly divides our country along religious lines, how in the world can you claim he brings people together? he is the most polarizing extremist candidate our area has ever had, certainly out of touch with the average floridians who want to unite and not divide. To question’s someone’s patriotism simply based on their faith is WRONG – and unconstitutional. Everyone has the right to freely practice their faith without being harassed by this guy

  18. Skip Commagere Says:

    Patrick looks like a nice boy. He has worked in daddy’s business which has been on the receiving side of big government spending. With Patty’s fresh education as a CPA, he’ll be very good at hiding the fact he’ll be a big spending liberal.

    A vote for Murphy will activate Murphy’s Law. “What ever can go wrong … Will”.

  19. constitution 101 Says:

    Patrick Murphy is another left wing
    liberal who would push Obamas socialist
    agenda. The country is tired of
    progressives. The Pelosi era is over.
    Don’t try to bring it back.

  20. nanook Says:

    ab,
    allen west is 100% a racist against muslims. it’s all he ever talks about.

  21. Thierry Says:

    West not only is going to put America back on track, but he will bring the whole Western world back to its fundamentals, safeguarding us all from fascists disguising as religious devouts. That insane charade about respecting sedition if it comes in the form of a prayer won’t fly any longer with Allen West in charge.

  22. Lisa L. Says:

    ….”a big spending liberal”? Right-wingers spend more than progressives; they just spend it on themselves and their own interests,(big corporations and tax cuts for the filthy rich) not for the good of ordinary people. Teabag nuts are trying to destroy the entire country!

  23. Rolland Diaz Says:

    I really hope this guy wins the dem primary (if there is a challenger). West will school murphy.

    West an extremist? Look at his votes thus far and tell me what is extreme.

  24. nan Says:

    West is the Best!!!! My family and I will support him all the way to the White House!

  25. Pac NW Says:

    Tea party folks are not hypocrites like the Republicans and Democrats. They stick to their principals, but some of those principals are just wrong headed and unchristian. No heart, no charity, no compassion. This country is in trouble, everyone can feel the rot from within. But the tearing each other down must stop. It’s not helpful and just further divides. We are all Americans.

  26. Scott Says:

    If West really IS the best that the Tea Party has to offer– we’re in BAD shape.
    Apparently he’s never read the Constitution– which is a shame, considering that he’s made Oaths of Office to support the Constitution from all enemies, foreign AND domestic both in the Army and as a Congressman. Apparently, he lied both times.

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