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Lois Frankel launches bid for Allen West’s congressional seat

by George Bennett | March 21st, 2011

Term-limited West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel announced today that she’s running for the congressional seat of freshman U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, setting up what could be yet another expensive, nationally watched race in Palm Beach-Broward District 22.

Democrat Frankel said she’ll focus on “jobs, jobs, jobs,” but declined to outline specific policy stances in an interview today.

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Frankel was a fiery liberal Democratic state House member before winning the first of two nonpartisan terms as West Palm Beach mayor in 2003. She lost a bitter 1992 Democratic primary runoff for Congress to eventual U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar.

District 22 includes much of coastal Palm Beach and Broward counties and is fairly evenly split between Republican and Democratic voters. But new boundaries will be drawn before the 2012 elections.

West is an outspoken conservative with a strong national following who won the district with 54.4 percent in November.

“Allen West’s record’s going to speak for itself,” Frankel said. “I believe the focus needs to be not on talk radio. The focus needs to be on working people — on people paying their mortgages, on people getting jobs and that should be the focus of Mr. West and the rest of Congress.”

West said he’s focused on his job rather than campaigning.

“We are at a critical time in our country’s history. We need to takes steps to create jobs, restrain government spending and be focused on our national security. My focus is representing the constituents of the 22nd Congressional District. There is a time and place for politics. I am focused on representing the constituents and building a brighter future for our children,” West said.

Frankel told reporters she’s running because, “After being mayor for eight years and a mother who sent her child to war twice, I have seen first hand how the policies in Washington affect small business owners, people looking for jobs, people who have jobs and want to keep them, families. I just want to roll up my sleeves like I’ve done here in West Palm Beach and try to get a more vibrant economy here in South Florida.”

Frankel’s son served with the Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Asked about her approach to improving the economy, Frankel declined to offer an opinion on the $787 billion stimulus bill passed by Congress in 2009.

“I’m not going to comment on how I would have or should have because there’s going to be plenty of time for that,” Frankel said. “My priorities are jobs for working people….I think that’s what we need — people who roll up their sleeves and solve problems. And that’s really what I want to say today and as the campaign develops certainly we’ll put out our position papers.”

Other Democrats have shown interest in the race and Fort Lauderdale businessman Patrick Murphy recently launched a Democratic campaign for the seat.

The biggest question mark is former U.S. Rep. Ron Klein of Boca Raton, who hasn’t ruled out the possibility of running again. Frankel has hired former Klein consultant Brian Smoot to advise her campaign.

“Right now I’m not anticipating Ron Klein running for Congress,” Frankel said.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has identified West as a top target for 2012.

The DCCC has already unleashed radio ads and automated phone calls critical of West, and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., was in Palm Beach last month interviewing potential West challengers.

Frankel said she expects to raise $4 million for the race. West raised more than $6 million for his campaign last year and Klein more than $5 million.

147 Responses to “Lois Frankel launches bid for Allen West’s congressional seat”

  1. Tom Says:

    We need some investigative journalism here: How much is Allen West paying Lois to run against him?

  2. Downtown Danny Says:

    THIS TROLL WILL GET TROUNCED – SHE HAS BEEN THE MOST CORRUPT, RUDEST, MOST INCOMPETENT AND MOST CROOKED MAYOR ON WPB HISTORY

  3. Larry Snowden Says:

    After eight years of liberalism and 98% voting with Nancy Pelosi that we had with Ron Klein, do these people think the voters in CD22 would want to step back in time? My guess is that the West camp will say “bring ‘em on!”

  4. Oh, Florida Says:

    Oh, god, a shamed ex-military officer or a shameless ex-dictator.

    Choices, choices.

  5. DJ Says:

    Am I the only one getting sick of professional politicians? They get into office with supposedly the best intentions of doing their job and leaving. Then they go for re-election, come up against term limits, an unbeatable opponent or actually lose an election. Next, the go looking for another public office that they can hold… no “good intentions”, just an obscene desire to be in the spotlight, avoid a REAL job or continue to get “benefits”. I’m not saying Frankel is bad or good. Just saying that I’m tired of professional politicians. Can’t we find people who want to help and then go back to their jobs?

    Maybe political office jobs are too easy and attractive. We should make the job more onerous, more demanding, more RESPONSIBLE. This should be a job you don’t WANT but feel you should do for your community.

    Thanks for letting me vent :)

  6. Tea Lady Says:

    Oh dear .. Lois’ values will not sit well with voters here in South Florida.

    We The People voted for smaller government, less regulation, and lower taxes. And unfortunately, Lois’ values are not inline with Our Values.

    Still, this is a democracy, and we all wish Lois the best with her new endeavors!

  7. Jose torrez Says:

    West will be a one time congressman. Take his benefits and go home.

  8. just saying Says:

    You people are idiots and vote her in. And later on say she is corrupt and is terrible. Career politicians. They are there to live off of the taxpayers and have the best of everything.

  9. George Says:

    Just when you thought that government could not get any worse!

  10. Fishymish Says:

    Gee, couldn’t the Democrats find anyone else without a track record of overspending on projects, questionable hiring practices, grand jury investigations, and inept management? Let the games begin! Go WEST!

  11. Hard core Dem Says:

    Oh no!!!!

  12. David Says:

    A choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. Lord help us.

  13. Bill Says:

    Nothing like career politicians. Who else could spend $30MILLION of taxpayers money on a dock.

  14. Mannix Says:

    Lois Frankel + Washington DC = Hilarious

    … Dalia Dipolito has a better chance of beating West.

  15. Lowass Fwankel Says:

    April 1st already? This troll and here uncontollable spawn should be in jail, not congress (wait, she is a lefty dem). She’s Danny DiVito in drag baby!!!

    Hey Lowass, join Obama: STFU and GTFO 2012.

  16. klm Says:

    The most corrupt, dimwitted harpy vs the most awesome dude ever. Easy choice!

  17. Nuuf said Says:

    Just what South Florida needs: another liberal Jewish Democratic career politician telling us how to live. I can only hope that voters are too smart and weary of all the spending.

  18. FloridityNow Says:

    Insane. It’s the conservative right telling us how we must live, for crissake! And like Bush Co didn’t spend money. Over a trillion missing from the treasury. The treasury? We’re a damn communist nation – you idiots! Congress is already full of clowns. We need a progressive candidate that will serve the people – US! – and not the billionaire club oligarchy.

  19. Lady Justice Says:

    Dear Ms. Frankel, Spare us …

  20. Dworkis Says:

    Carol Roberts, redux. Another inept publicity hound thinks that they can get elected. Bring her on.

  21. SAY NO!! ANOTHER FLEECING OF TAXPAYER Says:

    WHO in their right mind would want this evil vampire draining more taxpayer funds and cheating us all?

    DO NOT DO NOT LET THIS EVIL DISHONEST PERSON BACK IN PUBLIC OFFICE ANYWHERE!!!

    ALSO, she is old and has a retirement and plenty of ill gotten gains so there is no way she needs the money.

    She wants more power and to ruin more of our lives.

    JUST SAY NO!

  22. Riv Goshen Says:

    Lois is going to get trounced!!! Can’t wait to see all of the truths that “come out” about her.

  23. James Wilson Says:

    “Louis”… finally we get to see all of the lying that you did for 8 years while running your monarchy in WPB. The GOP is going to leave you begging for mercy.

  24. Zagare Says:

    I worked for the West campaign during the last election, and I will work doubly hard to make sure the Troll bites the dust next election……

  25. Nuuf said Says:

    Pretty tough to deconstruct FloridaNow’s arguments. Boiled down to it’s basics it looks like everything is Bush’s fault once again. Forget Obama, Pelosi and Reid ruled for years. Today’s Progressives are actually regressives in trying to hold on to an unsustainable spendthrift past while Conservatives look to the future trying to salvage upward mobility for our kids and reign in give aways. Rail on FloridaNow… your time is past. Bush made me write this.

  26. rukiddingme? Says:

    Just goes to show what terrible shape the Dems are in. Lois Frankel is the best that they can do against West? I love it!

  27. Kevin Says:

    At least we will have the opportunity to bare witness to Allen West’s anti Semitic side when Lois makes him mad. @Kim, most awesome dude ever? Please don’t make me puke. This poser will screw up and it will be in front of everybody.

  28. A.J. Calhoun Says:

    Ms. Frankel seems to resent having strong-willed brothers as Congressmen. She ran against Alcee and lost and now she’s going to run against Congressman West.

    She believes as a chosen one that she deserves the seat more than a man of color. I am going to cross party lines and actively support West.

  29. Jake Says:

    Please take a moment to view the lack of Legislation proposed by Allen West thus far and the legislation co-sponsored by Allen West.
    http://west.house.gov/legislative-work/sponsored-legislation
    Then please tell me how anything this man is doing in Washington is serving his constituents. The fact is he is not, the only legislation he supports is right wing garbage that doesn’t have a chance of passing or legislation for the military. You neocons have elected a Representative that is not from your district and does not represent your district. Who looks stupid now?

  30. Nuuf said Says:

    There is one thing certain in all of this. The Post will endorse whomever runs against West. The next time this paper supports a Republican it will be the first time. If West voters are stupid because he supposedly lives out of the district what does that make Wexler voters who re-elected him after he was shown to reside in Maryland…not even Florida?

  31. klm Says:

    @Kevin Says:

    At least we will have the opportunity to bare witness to Allen West’s anti Semitic side when Lois makes him mad

    Again Totally MADE UP stories from liberals. Cite any kind of evidence for this, please.

  32. Edwad Says:

    The only thing I hope Lois Frankel runs for is the “BORDER” “SHUFFLE OFF” LOIS!

  33. bill Neubauer Says:

    Frankel is a little late getting into the contest. For good or ill, West has been lionized by the media already with a lot of public exposure. If Lois is exposed publicly, it will probably be negative exposure.

  34. Joseph L Cooke Says:

    How did so many libs come to contaminate FL in the first place?

    Liberals are the problem. 2012. Solve the problem.

  35. Michael Buffer Says:

    Get ready for the nastiest, dirtiest, most hate-filled campaign in South Florida history. It’s what the Democrats do when they can’t win on the issues and Lois is the best in this department.

  36. sue Says:

    Some writer said she is “Danny Devito in drag”. OMG! At first I felt bad for Danny Devito, but thne realizing he is a comedian, he probably is laughing too!, but the writer is right!!!! She does look like Danny in drag. All she needs is the little nerf red nose.

  37. LOUIS Says:

    You see, she is a career politician, she loves the power, can’t get enough of it.
    WPB told her to get lost and now she thinks she can steamroll into a office of her choosing.
    Allen, retire this woman for good !!

  38. A Says:

    Dear Lord…please have mercy on our souls. Get Frankel out of politics.

  39. laura Says:

    Good for all of us .Go LOIS Go

  40. Holely Cow Says:

    Best news of the day.

    Allen West Fans, Kiss your boy good bye. Lois is going to beat Allen West so bad, it won’t be a election.

    Lois has the respect of so many lawmakers across state, who detest Allen West, he doesn’t stand a chance.

    A Republican I know, goes by Financial Attorney here, will likely donate the money to do a recall election on Allen West seat right now if Lois is that serious.

    Considering who Lois’s husband is in the legal world around South Florida, plus her Jewish background, Allen West does not stand a chance.

    Jewish community ousted West Boca Chamber leader over Allen West involvement there.

    I’m Republican, and I’ll vote for Lois, verse Allen West who was accused of military crimes, and distasteful treatment of women.

  41. Holely Cow Says:

    @Kim,

    I have one for you.

    Allen West claimed to not be apart of a biker gang the mistreats women. Several news outlets recorded Allen West denying he was involved with these gangs.

    Then about 2 weeks before the Nov.02 election a video surfaced where Allen West is seen ordering the same biker gang members he denied involvement with, to remove someone from a public park.

    Kim how do you explain Allen West’s bold face lying to South Floridian’s about involvement with people that have criminal records for mistreating women?

  42. just a thought Says:

    I like to have that ex-WPB police officer, William McCray, run against Frankel. I would vote for him. I would vote for anyone than Frankel.

  43. Mike Says:

    Joseph L Cooke asks about “Liberals” in South Florida.
    Funny why you chose this spot on Earth, there are more than 604,000 more of those “Dem Liberals” in S. Florida than Republicans, conservative or otherwise.
    This is a verifiable fact Joseph.
    When they vote, not like in 2010 when too many of them were complacent, Republicans win only in their most gerrymandered seats.
    The victory dances Republicans are doing in 2011 might be very short, see America just isn’t going in your direction.
    Go ahead and tell me about how most people self identify as conservative.
    They aren’t given the definition of conservative before they are asked the question, if they were, the results are different. Spend about 25 grand for proper extensive polling and you can verify that question for yourself.
    Remember in 2009 who was out in the streets. It was your side the ones you likely call “real Americans”In 2011 the other “real Americans” are in the streets, in the snow in Wisconsin.
    Fact is, we’re all real Americans. Democrats are not likely to be complacent in 2012. Republican policies are irritating the majority.
    As far as numbers go Mr Cooke, in the Democratic wins in 2008, 130+ million Americans voted.
    In 2010 less than 90 million of Americans cared enough to vote. The resulting Republican victories and their party-line method of governing is going to be all it takes for more than 130 million to vote in 2012.
    Last time I read on the subject, Republicans were a shrinking party. In big turnout elections Republicans come up short, there just aren’t enough of them, especially when gerrymandering is outlawed.
    Sixty three percent of all Floridians voting in 2010, put their stamp of approval to end that practice with Amendments 5&6. By the way, in 2010 Republicans were the active voters.
    Even they don’t like gerrymandering, except for those holding office, now they kind of like picking their voters, it helps them keep their jobs.

  44. This is scary...... Says:

    Col. West is a shoo-in then. Nice one! It will be nice when they drag out all the skeletons in her closet, because running for mayor of a po-dunk town is kindergarted compared to running for congress. I can’t wait to see the trail of the dead when West has finished with her…

  45. JP Says:

    Look at her with her sausage roll face

  46. ajuan Says:

    She is going to get pounded. This is going to be funny. Send this troll back to New Yawk to continue her career as a corrupt liberal.

  47. Holely Cow Says:

    I’m aware of Williams issues with Lois. Frankly Lois, kicking him out of chamber I was not pleased about and I heard she received flack from many.

    Here is different story, Lois will mop the floor with Allen West and I promise, Sid is viewing this news knowing that to be the case too, along with Shaw and Foley.

    William, and his issues I honestly feel do need to be looked at. William needs to start in localities on his position. Biggest issue is William sometimes won’t admit to what he doesn’t know.

  48. ajuan Says:

    Hey Holy Cow….Please define a “biker gang”. You wouldn’t know a 1% from a Sunday school teacher so shut up.

  49. Susan Says:

    I wouldn’t vote for Lois Frankel for anything and I don’t think the cronies who kept her in as mayor will number enought to put her sorry ass in Congress

  50. Holely Cow Says:

    @Ajuan,

    Wow, you so got me. Post all your real name Juan and let’s see if your mouth can actually stand behind what it said.

    “Shut Up” that’s the best you can do. I popped 2 tires on a van that had a “GoWest” sticker on last week, if you want to impress me.

  51. GD Says:

    Not only does she looks like Qadaffi’s sister she acts like him too. Someone should impose a no-fly zone over her.

  52. Lois will slander West Says:

    Lois is going to slander Allen West. No question at all. Sure some WPB city have issue with her. Her husband is very, very well liked in all of Palm Beach and Broward County.

    That’s a lot bigger place than WPB.

    South PBC Elite and North Broward Elite want Allen West out so bad. They will run non-stop ads and have PIs following West everywhere.

    One poster pointed out they ousted West Boca C of C Leader already for its involvement with West.

    No way West will win with that many powerful enemies now.

  53. Go Lois Says:

    The Mayor of WPB before Lois was so bad that Lois’s involvement really helped WPB get more on the map as a economic city in Florida.

    I can’t wait to vote against Allen West. I should of voted in this last election and didn’t. I’ll make sure I vote this time.
    Bye-Bye Allen West

  54. West for me Says:

    I get to vote in this one! It will not be for democrat, especially one who is a career poltician, was sued as mayor of WPB for disallowing citizen input. Frankel LOST.

    She is a bitter pill to swallow. Frankel will not get my vote.

  55. Wow Says:

    She has no chance.

  56. Alan Says:

    Frankel will get the jewish vote that is a shoo-in for a democrat.

    However, the rising minority will takeover that ‘guaranteed’ spot that Lois seeks.

    Demand a minority candidate.

  57. Jeffrey Scwartzberg Says:

    Lois is a great person!!! She led WPB to 8 outstanding years! She will take West and the GOP to school! Thank Goodness for Lois!

  58. OBIWAN Says:

    This is just perfect. A liberal BARAMA licking thug trying to do a mans job. Perfect!

    When will this cow learn that she was abysmal as a Mayor, corrupt and underhanded?She certainly has no chance.

    The US does not need any more liberal politicians. After 2012, when Sarah or Newt is in office, they will be a thing of the past.

    You mutant gene liberals who vote dumbocratic will learn soon enough. The Republicans are here to stay.

  59. Jeannie2 Says:

    These post seem to be goin in West’s favor, so I have to say THANK YOU, LOIS FRANKEL! I can’t wait to vote this man out of office! Talk about rude, crude, mouth-piece for the rich man and you have Allen West!

  60. John Says:

    Lois, after your performance and demeanor as Mayor of WPB you expect to go to Washington to represent the 22nd district; What type of medication are you taking? Please do us all a favor….forget about another trip to the public trough, go and enjoy your retirement, contemplate your navel, and be quiet….verwey, verwey, quiet.

  61. just saying Says:

    Do not mess with Lois, or you will have to deal with Clark…

  62. Wendy Rothstein Says:

    Hold on minute!!!! Who is to say she will win the democratic race for the opportunity to beat the republican incumbent. Lois did an amazing job as mayor… and contrary to all of these hate filled comments… Lois lifted WPB from walking corpse to vibrant city!

  63. Miguel3 Says:

    JUST SAY- NO !!! (TROLL) !

  64. to just saying Says Says:

    Hey just saying Says: Yeah he is not to be messed with… he is brilliant!!!

  65. td Says:

    thank goodness, I was almost concerned that someone qualified, with integrity might have run against him…

    This woman doesnt even deserve to be in the same forum with him…

  66. Don't be so cruel... Says:

    Why are some comparing her to a Troll? What on earth have Trolls done to deserve that abuse?

  67. Wally P Says:

    The b&*%@$ is way out of her league! Bring it on little lois, your the type of politician we’re trying to get rid of!

  68. Wally P Says:

    Hey holly COW,

    lois is that you, sounds like you!

    Just Sayin

  69. Kevin Says:

    Jake is right, check out what Mr. West’s been up too since you nice tea party folks gave him another tax payer funded job. This tax evader is laughing all the way to the bank while you fools so hell bent on putting a “Brother” in the house in as A.J. Calhoon says in order to hide your racist side that you failed to verify his goals before voting for him. And for that you continue to go un-represented in congress. Ironically, come to think of it, wasn’t that the reason for the original tea party? Taxation without representation. Your taxes support this buffoon’s lifestyle while he shills for the military. Last I checked district 22 did not have a military base. Lois would at least represent the district.

  70. djnfla Says:

    Allen West may be on the Presidential ticket as VP…so we shall see.

  71. SUNSHINE ACT Says:

    GREAT!!!

    Now she can explain in DETAIL how much City Center cost the TAX PAYERS and WHY it had to be so expensive, not to mention why she was SUED by VOTERS since she DIDN’T WANT TO PUT THE ISSUE ON A BALLOT in a “democratic” manner. Molly Douglas signed off on the bond packages.

    See CUSIP 955116AC2 for 10/01/2026 for a round.

    The interest payments begin in 2013 and principal shortly thereafter.

    Go ahead and explain how Catalfumo enriched you through the WPB Chamber of Commerce and explain your enlarged “investment portfolios…”

  72. frank mcneil Says:

    Super. The national Democratic Party will survive Frankel’s candidacy but so will Allen West. Frankel’s energy notwithstanding, her negatives are too high.

    The Palm Beach organization is incompetent, doesn’t know Hispanics and voters of Brazilian extraction exist and couldn’t even re-elect a fine guy in Ron Klein. Find somebody new or run Klein — otherwise disaster ahead.

  73. John Says:

    Alan….So Lois will get the Jewish vote because she is a Democrat. Where was the Jewish vote for Ron Klein in 2010 ? Less than 12 hours since her announced candidacy and one can see that this race will be extremely nasty and negative in very short order. She’s been out of office less than 36 hrs.
    Now we’ll get to see her morning, noon, and night on the TV,listen to radio adds and be bombarded by “robo calls” at home during dinner until the Primary. Can you say career politician boys and girls? Oy Vey!! Give it a rest Lois.

  74. frank Says:

    Finally, the end of the do absolutely nothing Allen West … a blow hard who is NOT doing a single thing about jobs or the foreclosures or the building bust here … where’d this fool actually come from to win a Congressional seat ? I can’t wait to see him and his pistol defeated. He belongs with Oil Spill Sarah and Comrad Chairman Mao Sharon Angle and all the fools that think he is something good for Palm Beach County , period.

  75. JustMeee Says:

    Oh no, and the Democrats had such a GOOD shot at regaining this seat!!! PLEASE don’t let Lois be the nominee–West has got to go! It should be so easy!

  76. Voice of Reason Says:

    The abundance of vitriolic comments here against Lois Frankel, along with the myriad of grammatical and spelling errors in those criticizing posts, highlight the ignorance and lack of quality education of those who so gleefully vilify Ms. Frankel. The people who criticize her so viciously are the same people who elected our current felonious governor and tax-dodging U.S. Representative.

  77. MBeasley Says:

    I have seen and heard Allen West and believe he is exactly what our country needs. He doesn’t beat around the bush on issues and he has a good understanding of what is happening in our country and what we need to do to fix it. Let’s not forget, the Republicans may control the Congress, but they don’t control the Senate or the Executive Branch. I believe the people of Florida are lucky to have West as their congressman.

  78. Wilhelmina Rock Says:

    I would STILL vote for Frankel over the rigidly neo-fascist West – an former military officer disciplined and forced to retire after being to vicious in the way he tortured Iraqis – at a time when torture was ACCEPTABLE!

  79. Thank you Lois Says:

    This has to be Allen West dream. She fostered a “Pay to Play” in WPB, built a city hall that a judge ruled that she was not authorized to build. Take a look at the CRA bonds, WPB is going to have to start paying them out of general revenues. She blamed a laundry for the failed city water plant. I could go on and on.
    B/T/W I will be happy to give West all the info he needs to send her back to NY.

  80. same ol same ol Says:

    No problem.

    At least she will have the Putz editorial writers insistently backing her.

  81. ELC Says:

    Well, I certaintly got my laugh for the day. I do hope there is redistricting because I was not able to vote for Allen
    West last time and I want to do so badly this time around. Oh!By the way I
    am Jewish and would not vote for a person because of their religion. I didn’t vote for the idiot Ron Klein so I’ll either get a chance to vote for West or sit this one out. I would definitely NOT VOTE FOR THE B***h Lois
    Frankel under any circumstance. She is the worst of the worst.

  82. Wilhelmina Rock Says:

    …MBeasley, you must believe totalitarianism and Survival of the Richest is “what out country needs.”

  83. Allen West's Family is Scum Says:

    I’ll take someone with a proven track record, like Lois Frankel.

    Verse Allen West’s political science degree with military training. That could not paid his taxes like everyone else in the United States.

    I guess Allen West is special that he couldn’t pay his share of taxes.

    Allen West pay checks all his life have come from Taxpayers, right now West receives a salary and a retirement all at 1 time.

    Those 2 double dipping checks to Allen West are from TAXPAYERS.

    Allen West whole life has been living off taxpayers.

  84. It's 60 and older v 60 younger Says:

    Man, Allen West I’ve personally been told that he was aware children were being kill while he served. That was told to me by a South Florida native as well as being a local high school grad.

    How can anyone claiming to be a human being claim someone that knew children where being kill-

    IS OK IN THERE BOOK?

    Someone had the 2002-2005 Pay to Pay Development stuff of Ray L., city commissioner WPB at time.

    How the Hel* was that Lois Frankel?

    Lois is going to clean Allen West Clock!

    Then her husband is going to sue each one of you for libel.

    Who’s your mom, now?

  85. Garry M Schwartz Says:

    Holycow.
    You are so full of crap, I can smell you from here. Since when are the American Legion Riders, Leathernecks MC, U.S.Military Vets or any of the rest of the community-seving motorcycle riders considered a criminal gang?? You, whoever you are, should only be lucky enough to be able to shine the boots of these distinguished Veterans who choose to ride motorcycles while they continue to serve their local communites. Congressman West rides with these riders who are by no means a gang let alone criminal in any manner. Riders like myself and so many others across this great land of ours, will continue to serve our communities, including jerks like you, and the Honorable Congressman, Allen West, is welcome to ride with any of us – anytime, anywhere!
    A Harley riding community-serving Combat Veteran of the Vietnam War.

  86. Andrea Says:

    This crazy racist lady needs to go away ! There is no way she will get it

  87. Holely Cow Says:

    Sorry, but those groups of uneducated people don’t serve me, nor Republicans like me.

    Your the “help” that’s out of hand, that must learn to obey.

    You are sadly mistaken, yourselves, that could not go to college after the war, are not in service of people as myself.

    You served, that was not a education. You seek entitlements of respect that you have no entitlement too. Service yes, respect of a educated opinion, no that’s not your place in society.

    I didn’t ask for your service and would reject it had you presented service to me. Another self entitlement you didn’t earn!

    As for Allen West Federal Agents linked him to a criminal gang, simple! He lied.

  88. HM Says:

    By 2012, I could find an old hubcap on Okeechobee Blvd that could run against and beat Allen West.

    This guy was prodded on by extremists, and now has become a media freak show…the go-to jolly minstrel with solid Vegas odds he’ll say something stupid.

    I’m holding to my prediction; His own crazy mouth will utter something that will force him to utter “I resign” . By Christmas.

  89. Bikers in Graves Says:

    Vietnam War, I don’t recalled history nor Americans welcoming you bikers back home.

    Matter of Fact, I believe many of you were accused of raping women, raping children, and killing women and children. No wonder you love Allen West, he believe is same thing. Just blow the guy already! On your knees soldier!

    Vietnam War, Pretty much one of America’s darkest hours where America, the US, got labeled women and children killers

    You think you should be respected for that!! HAHAHA LOL LOL

    @Garry M Schwartz, thank for the name sport.

    Take you children killing as* back to the swamp. Bikers like you don’t service or speak for Americans like me. A grave makes a better home for you.

  90. Wally P Says:

    Hey holly COw,

    That is you lois, I’ve heard you talk like that before!!!!

  91. Holly Cow Says:

    Wally

    and the computer answers back.

    no, it’s not lois

    Lois is not a Republican.

    What’s problem Wally, as a Republican I educated myself,

    (Service Men) you served and could have a education paid for, you from Vietnam, could of come home and gotten educated, many willfully choose not too! Only you are to blame for that decision.

    Republican like myself that spent 8 years in college, your not our equals.

    Your misunderstanding your places in society. Entitlement thinking of respect by self appointment verses respect earned. Huge difference.

  92. Jack WPB Says:

    Figures the gargoyle would announce this week, the supermoon gave her special powers. She can now fly all the way to DC.

  93. Mrs. Frankie Bidwell Says:

    Go Allen West.
    I believe you can do whatever task that is set before you.
    We don’t need anymore liberalists, socoialists, communist, progressives et.al. in ANY public office.
    Enough is Enough!
    God Bless America and her conservatives!
    VOTE ALL OTHERS OUT OF OFFICE!!

  94. sadf Says:

    awesome! now we can have a COMPETENT legislator rather than that moron al west who is an embarrassment . . . to NAZIS, he’s such a twit. Frankel did a GREAT job as mayor as proven by all her accomplishments and the scorn that two bit losers who never did anything in life have heaped on her. REAL people, family people, working people etc. know she did great. can’t wait!

  95. Comman Man Says:

    I hear that Frankel is stupid, loud, obnoxious, rude, and corrupt. With those kinds of credentials, she may have a shot at the democratic nomination for president in 2012!

  96. Nick Says:

    Just read the first 92 postings, and I pray for our country knowing that fools such as all of you cast votes. Politicians, as well as uneducated and easily manipulated voters such as yourselves, got us in this mess. Everyone is to blame, Rep, Dem and Voters. The American people want free handouts and vote for those who give them, neither of which carring for future repayment of that debt. America is becoming the home of the sick, the lame, and the lazy.

  97. gethefax Says:

    It’s a no brainer why West Palm Beach is going bankrupt and degraded. I truly do not believe that Democrats or Republicans will be that naive to vote Frankel in Office.

  98. JGP Says:

    If you’re a political observer, this will be a great race, although it promises to be vicious. Heck, you’ve already got a Frankel supporter on this blog talking about how he “popped” two tires on a West supporters van. And you can bet Frankel’s entry will energize the Tea Party in numbers never seen before.

  99. W.R.Monger Says:

    I think a political appointment should be like jury duty… nobody wants to do it but you get called up once every so many years and do it or have a warrant put out for you. When you’re done you go back to whatever it was you were doing when called up. Almost like a draft. They say it’s a duty to sit on a jury why not a duty to serve in Congress? Government is just as important as Justice if not more so… It’s what defines our Constitution and thus our Freedoms.

  100. BikersnGraves is RonJeremy Says:

    @Bikers in Graves[5:13pm]:

    You are a pig… nice try at giving the VC & NVA a pass… their attrition and war crimes ran circles around anything from our side in this sad episode of war-by-attrition. THEY raped, murdered mutilated, beheaded and tortured to death villagers[&children] in South Vietnam- during AND after the war… as did Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge and the Pathet Lao.
    I should recommend you get your historical facts straight, but you’re a leftist un-American coward, & have no use for the truth.

    This blog pertains to West v. Frankel & because West is a warrior, not on your side… as in against America.. you insult everybody’s American Heritage.

    You lose.

    Keep posting- you unwittingly serve a valuble purpose… Please, keep right on posting.

    Prediction: West Kayos Frankel in the first round.

  101. Nevin Gussack Says:

    “Matter of Fact, I believe many of you were accused of raping women, raping children, and killing women and children. No wonder you love Allen West, he believe is same thing. Just blow the guy already! On your knees soldier!

    Vietnam War, Pretty much one of America’s darkest hours where America, the US, got labeled women and children killers.”

    This is typical communist disinformation propagated by the North Vietnamese and their Chinese and Warsaw Pact allies during the Vietnam War. These powers worked through multiple antiwar fronts and parties (i.e. the Russell Tribunal)to propagate what can plainly be called hateful lies and exaggerations. The PAVN and the PLAF (VC) committed atrocities as a matter of set policy, unlike the Americans and their Indochinese allies. Read Guenter Lewy’s book America in Vietnam or James Banerian’s book Losers are Pirates. Maybe you can read the book Tragic Mountain amount the Hmong children being exterminated by Pathet Lao and their Vietnamese and Soviet overlords. Or how about the re-education camps and mass execution that occurred as the RVN fell to the Reds….decorum prevents me from actually saying what I really think and feel about the anti-US hatemongers such as Bikers in Graves.

  102. Nevin Gussack Says:

    Rep. Allen West has already proven that he is working on the following tasks to increase jobs in South Florida and the United States:
    1) Major project to build the Rybovich mega yacht center in Riviera Beach that would provide up to 3,000 jobs for locals.
    2) Assisted in the process of the runway expansion project at Ft. Lauderdale Airport, this creating a snowball effect of stimulating jobs at the airport and its shops and other commercial establishments. It will also provide temporary jobs for the construction industries.
    3) Has taken leadership roles in trying to improve the conditions for businesses to thrive in District 22 and the rest of the USA. (Already meets with small business owners in District 22).
    Mayor Frankel, Allen West is already in the process of setting the right conditions for the development and expansion of business and job growth. And the best is yet to come….

  103. Traci Says:

    I’ve worked with the Mayor throughout the years on occasion… and I like her — and I’ve met a lot of people that are looovvveddd by the masses but when you see them without a camera around or the press, it would repulse you — not to mention — frighten the crap out of you. She gets things done – Period. The general public is always going to see the surface of the “pushy” and “abrasive”. Look at the results.
    But I guess people are so used to seeing such a glossy approach and crappy results and they’ve been seduced from the start, they don’t realized they’ve been abused.
    Getting things done in a “soft” manner in which some say a woman should do, Ms. Frankel does not do.
    We should just look at what gets accomplished.

  104. luckydog Says:

    She needs to go to Israel and strap on an M16 or M60 to defend her country.

  105. My2Cents Says:

    Come on, Lois. Fess-up. How much did Allen West pay you?? Or are you just so bitter that West Palm voters wouldn’t extend term limits for you and this is your way of exacting revenge? It amazes me that politicians can become so addicted to power that they would willing accept the ridicule and derision of the vast majority on the hope that they can convince enough special interest voting blocks to vote for them.

  106. BikersnGraves is RonJeremy Says:

    @ Nevin Gussack: God bless you brother and God bless the United States.

    2011 and 2012 should be a very interesting era for America- the end of ‘Obama the Kid’… AND, Frankel has no chance.

    I just wish wish people would chat with the Vietnamese who live here in So Fla about what they have endured… what Communism is all about.

    Keep pluggin !!

  107. Steve Says:

    You gotta be s…ing me!!??! Lois Frankel is the biggest POS mayor WPB has ever had! Thanks for giving Allen West another term!!!

  108. Wally P Says:

    Hey holly Cow,

    If this is not lois, check your grammar and spelling. Your education is lacking.

    You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting.

  109. Jake Says:

    Nevin Gussack is a Clown a Sheep or a Liar:
    1) The Marine and Yacht industry is in the SH*tter and every one knows it keep dreaming about 3k jobs, we both know you and West r full of Sh*t.
    2)Funding for FLL was underway long before West came to office and although he derided Federal spending decided to take credit for this spending. TOTAL B.S. and every one has already recognized this except your lying ass.
    3) Name one piece of legislation West is supporting that benefits small benefits and not Super Rich Corporate interests over his own constituents.

  110. Huh?! Says:

    Oh, OK. I see the problem. Ms Frankel is going to run for office, she’s not looking for a date. At least that’s the general gist of the article so who the *&^% cares what she looks like? Do you understand that now? Republicans seem to base their votes on three things:

    1. Is she or he pretty?
    2. Are they Christians?
    3. Can they act really dumb?

    If you can answer yes to all of these you too can be a Republican. What a prize, eh?

  111. D. Schaffner Says:

    You go Girl . We are behind you 100%. This extremist has to go.

    Weds at the Moveon.org event “Defend the Dream.

    There is only one person who could take him on at this time and that woman is you

  112. oh my Says:

    Are you kidding me Sckanel.. You are way above your damn head as it was as a Mayor. Who in the heck do you think you are to deserve and other position in POLITICS…. You destroyed WPB and you are o the right track of destroying many others. BYE BYE BABY

  113. stevereenie Says:

    There are a few stupid people posting here. This just undscores how uninformed people are here. West should get a medal for his conduct in war. If it was your son’s life he saved because he wasn’t using the Obama rules of engagement, maybe you would see it differently. Of course if it is somebody elses son he saved then you can play your political rhetoric game. Thank God we have some REAL Americans.

    Lois is toast……..

  114. Sun Tzu Says:

    @ Holly cow

    Spending 8 years in college does not make you anyones “better”. Living at home until you are 26, still sucking on momma’s teet so you can repeat your freshman year 8 times because you can’t pass?? What do you know of honor, duty, discipline,self-sacrifice? Nothing. You are not fit to stand among those who have served as an equal.
    And your boast of “educating yourself” c’mon man small farm animals and maybe your sister don’t really count.

  115. Nevin Gussack Says:

    Jake,
    Allen West certainly has been at loggerheads with large corporate interests. For example, West has taken positions critical or in opposition to:
    1) TARP for Wall Street.
    2) Supported the Glass Steagal Act of the 1930s and was criticized by National Review for this.
    3) Opposed excesses of free trade and seems to support fair trade during a Town Hall in Palm Beach Gardens 2010. Especially critical of so called free trade with China.
    On the backdrop of a recognition of the need to regulate aspects of the economy and stand up to the excesses of the corporate world, Allen West supports free enterprise capitalism that has made this one of the most prosperous nations on earth. Try to see beyond toxic veil of hate Jake…just try….

  116. 2012 End of an Error Says:

    It didn’t take us long to elect West over Klein. It’ll take even less time to elect West over Frankel.

    2012 isn’t going to be a good year for liberals.

  117. Nevin Gussack Says:

    Oh…and Jake…Allen West did not take credit for the airport runway expansion…the FLL Airport Director GAVE Allen West credit…

  118. Neal Lang Says:

    More grist for Col. West’s mill!

  119. Conservative Diva Says:

    After reading the vitriol from the liberals that infest this newsRAG like maggots……all I have to say is thank you God for making this lifelong Democrat wake up and GO RED!

    Allen West is a man of honor & integrity! He has been in several combat zones….what have any of you haters done to protect or defend our country….NOT A THING but you sure do seem to enjoy that freedom of speech that Mr West fought to protect for you! Shame on you for saying such nasty things about a DECORATED HERO!

    Ron Klein tried his best to discredit Allen West and did it work…NO! The people of District 22 LOVE Allen and will vote him in for another term if he decides to do us the honor of running again!

    It is clear to any independent thinker that you spew hate because you know the Democrats are DOOMED! Lois Frankel, like Ron Klein, is no challenge for Allen West!

    WE are STRONG, we are PROUD, we are AMERICANS!!! GOD BLESS THE USA!!!

  120. Lisa Says:

    @Holy Cow:
    “Shut Up” that’s the best you can do. I popped 2 tires on a van that had a “GoWest” sticker on last week, if you want to impress me.”

    Oh, REALLY? Hmm…it’s not often that someone gets right onto a news web site and ADMITS straight-out that they’ve committed a crime! It’s definitely typical of the leftwing thuggery that the female version of Obama would advocate, though!

    Secondly;

    “Republican like myself that spent 8 years in college, your not our equals.”

    Another “hmmm…”, since you’ve contradicted yourself all in the contents of one sentence! Wow — which college was it in Florida that you attended, by the way; obviously, a liberal one, since your GRAMMAR is subpar, to say the least!

    Ha! You call yourself a REPUBLICAN? Yeah, and I’m the Queen of England! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha…

    West will go all the way to the bank with this loser of a lady running against him. So by all means, let her run as much as she wants…and then, let her run out of money!

  121. David D. Says:

    I read quite a bit of this thread. Probably the strangest comes from ‘Oh Florida.’ A shamed ex-military officer?! You are dreaming. There is absolutely no shame in Allen West’s military career. No matter what sort of vitriolic nonsense anyone comes up with, at the end of the day, Allen West put his career on the line to save his men, and he paid a harsh fine as well. I’ll take what he did any day over telling the loved ones of even one soldier that their son/daughter died because we had to be nice to an enemy.

    He is a real man, and a real hero. And we so need men and women of his caliber to lead this nation back to greatness.

  122. Conserve22 Says:

    haha……citizens of dist 22 finally ate a can of common sense, and we are not going backward to DeMAOcRAT goober-ville again, no matter what. The spell has been broken. The only kind of jobs democrats create is looking for one, and 20% unemployment is their goal. They might want to get the forensic accountants up there to find out how much tax payer money has been wasted…. looted…or still in those “shovel ready projects”(otherwise known as jars of cash buried in the back yard).

    We finally have a real leader in Allen WEST. Regardless of what he does, no more deMAOcRats, 100 years would be too soon to elect another.

  123. Donny K Says:

    Lois to run against Allen West! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Lois, get your affairs in order, the FBI is coming for you, you corrupt little politician you!

  124. Robert Goldsmith Says:

    Please get a private sector job so you at least have a clue.

  125. Bill D. Says:

    Wow! This race would really be the clash of the mental midgets!

    Does anyone wonder why this country is in the mess that it is in?

  126. Plead the 5th 75 Times Says:

    This should be fun. West is only in office because Ron Klein ran the worst campaign anyone has ever seen. Frankel is no wallflower and will certainly not back down from West.

  127. william h. etheridge Says:

    LOIS FRANKEL IS THE MOST CORRUPT PERSON TO RUN IN GOV’T OFFICE.
    SHE COSTED PALM BEACH COURT HOUSE OVER $100 MILLION DOLLARS OVER RUN.
    SHE DID NOT LISTEN TO THE TAX PAYER SAID NO. WE HAD TO TAKE HER TO COURT AND THE COURT FOUND HER GUILTY OF NOT LISTENING TO VOTER INPUT ON THIS MATTER .
    SHE DOES WHAT SHE WANTS TO DO AND NOT THE VOTER. TIME TO STOP HER NOW.

  128. peter raboni Says:

    Why is Goverment telling us to tighten our belt but in the mean time they want to add two more congressmen.We need to cut half of the seneters and half of the congress.

  129. John Says:

    Just a little Civics lesson Peter…There are 435 members of the House in Congress and 100 members of the Senate. Nothing is being increased,same total numbers. I’ll also through in a free spelling lesson they are known as SENATORS not seneters. Try proofing what you post it makes you look a lot smarter. Have a nice day.

  130. Neal Lang Says:

    “Just a little Civics lesson Peter…There are 435 members of the House in Congress and 100 members of the Senate. Nothing is being increased,same total numbers.”

    Au Contraire, Mon Ami, in January 2011 Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) proposed the New Columbia Admission Act, the District of Columbia Equal Representation Act and the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act which will add a voting (Democrat) Congressional seat for the District of Columbia. Democrats have been proposing this legislation since the 1990s with up to 60% of the Democrats supporting it. As I recall, Ron Kline supported this sort of Congressional membership change, and I believe Lois Frankel will, too.

  131. Neal Lang Says:

    “Wow! This race would really be the clash of the mental midgets!”

    Compared to you, Col. West is a “Rocket Scientist!”

  132. Neal Lang Says:

    “This should be fun. West is only in office because Ron Klein ran the worst campaign anyone has ever seen. Frankel is no wallflower and will certainly not back down from West.”

    Actually, Col. West is in office because he represents the ideals of the American People, he ran on his record. Klein, on the otherhand couldn’t “run on his record” because his record was opposed to prefrences of the VAST MAJORITY of voters in the 22nd Congressional District – so the Klien Campaign decided to go dirty! Of course, the mud didn’t stick on the American Hero, Col. West. Frankel can’t run on her record, either. She has lost before she even started. Unfortunately for th Democrats they can’t do any better than her!

  133. W.R.Monger Says:

    @ John
    “I’ll also through in a free spelling lesson they are known as SENATORS not seneters.”

    That would be “throw” not “through”. And that folks is why i really try to leave spelling lessons out of the blogosphere… Please don’t start on my grammar, I’m not an English teacher just a tech writer/editor and the correct grammarical (is that even a word?) etiquete escapes me… that’s why we have QA

  134. John Says:

    Yes Neal, that is a proposed change re. the District of Columbia. At this point in time it’s still 435 members of the House. If they…the Democrats.. haven’t succeeded in getting this passed even when they were in the majority and it’s been almost 15 or more years; why do you think this will happen in 2011? Ms.Holmes-Norton…I’m always extra vigilant when dealing with women who use hyphenated last names… can propose all she wants but I think it will be to no avail. It will be interesting to see how the Congressional Districts are re-drawn here in Fl. I guess Lois could always move, so that she could find a new place to waddle in from and line up at the public trough once again.

  135. John Says:

    You are quite correct Peter: I was in error. I was thinking one thing and typing something else. I stand corrected. Truth be known, I don’t type worth a damn….

  136. Mrs. Frankie Bidwell Says:

    To ‘Bikers in Graves’
    What a dumb nut you are.
    You weren’t there and you have no idea what the Viet Nam vets went through.
    You also suffer from lack of knowledge from that era. Keep your opinions to yourself until you have researched that issue.
    Jane Fonda would be proud of you!
    I pray God touches your soul before you most any more foolishness to this effect.

  137. Mrs. Frankie Bidwell Says:

    To ‘Bikers in Graves’
    What a dumb nut you are.
    You weren’t there and you have no idea what the Viet Nam vets went through.
    You also suffer from lack of knowledge from that era. Keep your opinions to yourself until you have researched that issue.
    Jane Fonda would be proud of you!
    I pray God touches your soul before you post any more foolishness to this effect.

  138. Sam Says:

    I grew up in WPB, and before lois frankel it was a pretty dead place, nothing much going on. How the downtown areas have changed and become so lively during lois’s watch – she did an EXCELLENT job giving life to the area. Go Lois! Put this knucklehead West out of his misery. West is a grandstanding liar and a fake who can’t even pay his bills on time.

  139. Neal Lang Says:

    Lois Frankel couldn’t even beat an impeached, crooked former Federal Judge in a Congressional Race. How does she expect to beat a decorated Lt. Col. who is honest and straight talking? As for Frankel’s reign in West Palm Beach, she has about bankrupted the city, increased unemployment and taxes, and destroyed property value. Great job, Lois! But at least Sam thinks a fun place to live!

    As for HER honesty: “A grand jury report had also called into question her $400,000 reelection campaign,….”

  140. Conservative Diva Says:

    Great response Neal! I for one am happy that Lois is running…now it will be open season on her record…lol! Also the entire country will be watching as Americans LOVE ALLEN WEST!! Progressive / Liberals are finished!

  141. John Q Publix Says:

    Lois you got to be kidding you run for Congress. What have you done to deserve to run for congress other than be a big blowhard who insults people all the time for your own political gain. I don’t live in 22nd district but I will sure campaign for Mr. West or anyone else that you decide to run against. Why do you call a decorated veteran like West names when you are among the worst of the worst in all of South Florida politics. I doubt their is one fiscal issue that you could make better in this county since all you want to do is give away money and tax everyone to death. Bring it on baby.

  142. Lauren Says:

    The people posting against Mayor Frankel must not remember what downtown West Palm Beach looked like 8 years ago. It was a crime ridden disgrace. She fought hard to bring improvement to the area, and now downtown is a fantastic center of commerce, is 1000% safer, and is a pride to the citizens of West Palm Beach. That took people with guts, with strong resolve, and the intelligence to outmaneuver those who try to bring her down. She’s tough, she tells it like it is, and doesn’t take the BS that cloud most of politics. To make that kind of progress despite having to maneuver in one of the most corrupt cities and counties around is extra impressive. Allen West is a nut who doesn’t understand the nuances of issues and only speaks in extreme positions. I think she will be a force to be reckoned with.

  143. Neal Lang Says:

    “She fought hard to bring improvement to the area, and now downtown is a fantastic center of commerce, is 1000% safer, and is a pride to the citizens of West Palm Beach.” And best of all she is corupt and her campaign coffers reflect the appreiation of all those fat-cat developers she greased the rails for! The perfect Democrat Candidate – tax, spend, and earn political kick-backs!

  144. bbnlw Says:

    She’ll have our vote!

  145. Neal Lang Says:

    “She’ll have our vote!”

    I guess you really can: “Fool some of the people, all of the time!”

  146. Lillian Says:

    West, is arrogant and ignorant (the worst combination)and his followers are cult like sheep being lead to a slaughter. As much as I personally did not appreciate some of the policies that Mayor Frankel put into place. I must say that not only would I vote for her, I would work tirelessly on her campaign to insure a win. That’s how much I want her to win. West, Put your big girl steel panties cause your gonna get need them.

  147. Neal Lang Says:

    West, is a decorated war hero who served his country honorable both in the military and now in the US Congress. His supporters are loyal American’s who believe in our country and the in the Pinciples upon which it has been founded. Lois Frankel is a leftist, anti-American political hack who is self-serving and who is in politics merely for personal gratification and payback. Her supporters only want to feed at the public trough and live off the working Americans sweat and hardwork. Col. Allen West will kick her to curb, just like he did that that other anti-American leftist – Ronny Klein!

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