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Allen West to run in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district, Rooney moves west, Hasner could drop Senate bid

by George Bennett | January 31st, 2012

Facing a tough reelection fight in a district that was redrawn with a Democratic tilt, U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, announced today that he will instead run in a more Republican-leaning district to the north that’s home to U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta.

Rooney will run in a newly created rural district that extends from western Martin and St. Lucie counties to Charlotte County on Florida’s west coast and north into parts of Hillsborough and Polk counties. Rooney represents much of that area now.

With no Republican incumbent in West’s current Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 22, sources close to former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner of Boca Raton said Hasner is considering dropping his U.S. Senate bid and running for West’s congressional seat.

West’s current District 22 is nearly evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. But a plan approved by the Florida Senate and up for a vote in the state House this week creates a district where Democrats have a 9-point registration advantage and Barack Obama got 56.6 percent of the vote in 2008.

If approved by the House, the new congressional map could still face legal challenges under a new anti-gerrymandering law approved by voters in 2010.

Two Democrats — former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel and Fort Lauderdale accountant Patrick Murphy — have been running in West’s District 22 and have raised about $1.4 million apiece.

“We chased Allen West out of the district,” crowed Frankel campaign adviser Bret Wask, who said Frankel would continue to run in District 22.

West didn’t acknowledge the partisan shift in District 22 in a statement announcing his plans to run in District 18. But, he said, “As a 22-year United States Army veteran who commanded troops in combat, one should never underestimate my ability to be a strategic thinker.”

The new District 18 where West will run is no slam dunk for Republicans. It has a 38-to-37.3 Republican registration edge and voted 51 percent for Obama in 2008.

The new District 17 where Rooney will run has a 40.7-to-37.7 percent Republican advantage and voted 55.7 percent for Republican John McCain in 2008.

Rooney grew up in northern Palm Beach County and lives in eastern Martin County, but said he is “excited” to represent the area to the west, which includes many of his current constituents. Rooney is on the House Agricultural Committee and chairs its subcommittee on livestock.

“A vibrant agricultural industry is not only the backbone of this district, but a key driver of both our state and national economies,” Rooney said, “and I believe that I can best serve the people of Florida as a leader on the Agriculture Committee and a Representative of Florida’s new 17th district.”

After early redistricting plans showed West’s district becoming heavily Democratic, rumors swirled that he might challenge Rooney in a congressional primary or leave the House to pursue a U.S. Senate bid.

West consistently denied both rumors.

“I have always believed the state of Florida would be best served by having both Congressman Tom Rooney and myself in the House of Representatives working to solve our nation’s most pressing problems,” West said today.

“Congressman Rooney is a statesman and has been an honorable public servant to the constituents of Florida’s 16th Congressional district. It is my goal to continue the success Congressman Rooney has had in Florida’s 16th Congressional district in the newly proposed 18th district,” West said.

69 Responses to “Allen West to run in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district, Rooney moves west, Hasner could drop Senate bid”

  1. Better Luck Next Time Says:

    This is GREAT NEWS. We will have both West and Rooney to work with new President Romney to fundamentally change the mess Obama leaves behind.

  2. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    Liberals have named Congressman Allen West as the “Number One Target for 2012″.

    Rather than duck and run, Congressman & Warrior Allen West has stood up to the bullies. ““Take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else.

    You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ajsJNLNO8ds

  3. George Wilson Says:

    West “stood up”? Really? Are you blind. West just cut and run to save his political future. What a coward.

  4. Philip Says:

    Duck and run war criminal plans escape to republicantville. should be the Headline for this article

  5. west is a coward Says:

    “I will walk through hell with a gasoline can for my men,” unless they change the district and it might be tough for me to win. chicken. He does not have the guts to fight for the people who believed in him and got him elected.

  6. Jack P Says:

    Who the heck is going to run against the corrupt Alcee Hastings? I’ve been stuck with him since the 2001 redistricting. All he cares about is his women and padding his wallet. He’ll tell you he’s the poorest member in Congres but it’s a shell game with his legal debt coming from his impeachment and trial. I wish Allen ran against this crook.

  7. Louise Says:

    Funny how the republicans are gearing up to elect Romney in the primary after calling him and others in their party “RINO” (republicans in name only) throughout most of 2010. Now that we have a bunch of kook republicans in the House, I guess they are willing to take ANY joker as long as he can lie with a straight face. Good luck with that. OBAMA 2012!!!

  8. Tea Lady Says:

    Mr. West voted (and championed) Mr. Boehner’s $TRILLION$ debt-swelling budget. Apparently, Mr. West abandons his principles when pushed or shoved. We don’t need a representative like that here.

    Hopefully, Mr. West will face the music of a new district. He can explain his debt-swelling vote to them.

    Goodbye, Mr. West. Many of us would not have voted for you anyway!

  9. Batman Says:

    West = Coward

    Lets hope a real candidate sends him back into forced retirement.

  10. question Says:

    Does West even LIVE in the district?

  11. Toni Says:

    West told everyone to get the HELL out and now he runs away… Hope all of you see just who this person is when it gets tough. He didn’t like the maps so he ran! Please we need to be governed not have people attack and run when the going get tough.

  12. Mark Miller Says:

    Same Ole must be the biggest Jack Azz to ever post on a thread. This creep with dozens of screen names is grossly delusional and his bizarre rants are comical at best. Notice how he will post multiple times in support of his first comment with his fictional friends. You must be “that guy” who punches away at the key board all day on any blog you can find. Translation: no life and no friends possibly borderline mentally incompetent. Turn off the computer and get a life dumb azz, no one cares what you have to say. I don’t read the On-line PB Post for weeks and when I do, this idiot is still at it. You sir are pathetic!

  13. Charles V. Says:

    Glad he’s left my district. His comments about democrats needing to get the h* ll out of America, he needs to get the h
    * ll out of America. Maybe go serve with Stalin or Mussolini where there is not a democracy. He served in the military and the congress with disgrace. Glad you’re gone.

  14. RUN WEST RUN Says:

    I wouldn’t want to try to run where people know me if I had this cowards record.
    And I was so going to enjoy voting this punk out. Guess those to the north get the honor.

  15. dark gator Says:

    Heaven help us!

  16. No Mo Lo Lo Says:

    Lo Lo has got to Go Go. There is no way in H E Double Hockey Sticks WPB will ever give her another elected position. I would LOVE to have Adam Hasner as my representative.

  17. YellowWest Says:

    West has a yellow streak running up his back wide as the median on the Turnpike. He is a gutless wonder and is a discredit to the Congress and the USA. Good riddance.Get out of this district and do not return.

  18. JBVol Says:

    We are in northern area of 22 now, and had feared that we mignt no longer be represented by America’s greatest congressman. We’re now excited that we will probably be in his new district!

  19. union electrician Says:

    Im for Romney too I think all the job creators need to keep all their money because it will trickle down to me. Big oil also they don’t need expensive regulations to eat at their profits. In fact I think we as taxpayers should subsidize all big corporations because they are not making enough profit or paying the CEO’s enough,remember they are job creators too. :(

  20. mike Says:

    You can run Mr. West but you cant hide. The new lib super PAC has got you in their multi-million dollar crosshairs. You are a political goner. Dont let the door hit you on your way out. LOL

  21. Chapman Says:

    This is fabulous news for all of us in Northern Palm Beach County. We were afraid we were going to lose our Congressman. The people down south deserve the likes of Lois Frankel. We will be very grateful to keep Congressman West

  22. hey middle america Says:

    stewpid libtards…the true americans (conservatives) in west’s old district will still be de facto represented by west…and there is now a new district that will further cement the total domination of state government by conservatives…howz it feel to be second class peons…LOL

  23. ALWAYSTELLTHETRUTH Says:

    The hypocrit Allen West publicly admires Coolidge and Harding among US Presidents. He is violently against “socialized medicine” for others, but wants socialized medicine for military families and vets(VA system and military base hospitals). He is against waste, but defends golf courses on every military base. He is a jingoistic selfish phony bastard. His kind will be the end of America.

  24. RENEGADE Says:

    @hey middle america

    I don’t know Obiwan-na-be. Tell us, How does it feel to be three rungs below the rest of us on the evolutionary ladder? And not able to spell?
    West is done. Too many people north of here think like you!!!!

  25. RENEGADE Says:

    RE: Obiwan/hey middle america

    Libtards…..I remember when we use to make up stupid names that weren’t even real words to try to insult people. Then we turned 9 or 10 and realized how childish and ridiculous we sounded and quit doing it. Just sayin! LOL

  26. RENEGADE Says:

    @ Obiwan..BTW did I happen to mention that tachnically the GOP is not a true conservative party?

    Thought you might enjoy that little factoid!

  27. RENEGADE Says:

    technically

  28. ha ha Says:

    WEST DIDN,T GO FAR ENOUGH. HE SHOULD LEAVE THE COUNTRY JUST A MUG,

  29. Debunker Says:

    Sung to the tune of “Brave Sir Robin” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

    Bravely our bold Allen rode forth from Washington
    He was not afraid to lose, Oh Our Brave Allen

    He was not at all afraid to lose his seat
    Brave, brave, brave, brave Allen

    He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp
    Or to have his record examined or his sanity questioned
    To be compared to the worst politicians ever known
    And all his ridiculous hatred exposed, Oh! Our Brave Allen

    To be soundly beaten by a woman (of all things!)
    To have a light shown on his misogyny and hate
    To have everyone learn he’s just a bullying lout…

    He is our Brave Allen,
    Our Brave Allen ran away
    Bravely, ran away…away…

    When the thought of defeat reared its ugly head
    He bravely turned his tail and fled
    Yes, Our Brave Allen turned about
    And gallantly he chickened out
    Bravely talking to his feet
    He beat a very brave retreat
    Bravest of the brave, Our Brave Allen!

  30. OSCAR Says:

    Liberal racists like Al Sharpton and his followers here can’t stand conservative, patriotic black men who think for themselves/ They think they own them like they are still slaves.

  31. Stop the Carpetbagger Says:

    This is why we need a law that says you must live in the district you represent. Stop these career politicians just looking for the easiest place to win and hold on to their cushy jobs.

  32. Richard Says:

    The radical group of Tea Party backers that got this war crimes moron elected will fail this time, West is a mentally ill criminal who avoided a military trial and conviction for war crimes by retiring from the military and I have one word of advice for West, ” Get The Hell Out Of My Country “

  33. OSCAR Says:

    Richard..internet coward who hides behind phoney name…I know you would never have the guts to tell any black man to get out of “your country” in person.

  34. Patriot Says:

    Richard you need your butt kicked. How about enlisting in the Army and serving before you spew your BS! Alan West is a hero. He knows this polictical game the Demo’s are playing and has countered their move. Hey Debbie he won’t go away with your redistricting plans!

  35. Bruce Says:

    Can’t wait, you got my vote if you come to my district Mr. West. Don’t worry about the negative comments; liberals will always hate you regardless.

  36. Black Moses Says:

    Oh my !

    What will Joyce The Pastrami Slinger Kaufman do now ?

    Oye Vey !

  37. I Says:

    Richard you are so full of it! What have you done for this country anyway? You are so twisted that you call the Tea Party a radical group which is actually peaceful, but you do not mention the real radical group OWS which is rioting and destroying cities which is costing tax payers millions of dollars. Now you tell me who are the real radicals!

  38. hey middle america Says:

    the bottom line is we run this state and we will for a long long time…LOL…you libtards can whine all you want…the vast majority of floridians can’t stand your ilk and would like you inbred pigs to move back to jersey

  39. Valeche running? Says:

    Just heard that Hal Valeche is going to run for Congressional seat 22. Is it true?

  40. REal American Says:

    @Better Luck Next Time Says: Can you please explain to us exactly what mess Obama is leaving behind?

  41. THRILLED! Says:

    **** PLEEEEEEZE COME COLONEL WEST! ****

  42. Alan Says:

    Are conservatives the most ignorant muggles on the planet or what? They keep electing the rich plunders who steal from all of us and you are all to stupid to see it. They feed on your ignorant fear of everything while duping the hell out of you. So sad.

  43. GO WEST 2012 Says:

    Col WEST is the BEST….Keep your powder dry, Sir……………..

  44. SouthPB Says:

    What a brave, brave warrior Allen West is!

    Brave Sir Allen ran away.
    Bravely ran away, away!
    When danger reared its ugly head,
    He bravely turned his tail and fled.
    Yes, brave Sir Allen turned about
    And gallantly he chickened out.
    Bravely taking to his feet
    He beat a very brave retreat,
    Bravest of the brave, Sir Allen!

  45. Better Luck Next Time Says:

    @REal American, keep your eyes closed and click your heels twice. No repeat three times, “I’m really not an idiot.” Now open your eyes and what do you see?

  46. REALITY Says:

    @ OSCAR
    Listen to you the Racist scum who hides behind 100 phoney names talking about someone else hidding. You girlyman. I will be glad to tell WEST TO HIS FACE. You man enought to spew your stupidity to someones face.I know you aren’t I know your type. You spend your whole life on the blogs where you can hide what a pathetic excuse for a man you are.

  47. THRILLED! Says:

    **** PLEEEEEEZE COME COLONEL WEST! ****

    ( I’m starting to get sore)

  48. RENEGADE Says:

    RE: Obiwan/hey middle america

    Libtards…..I remember when we use to make up stupid names that weren’t even real words to try to insult people. Then we turned 9 or 10 and realized how childish and ridiculous we sounded and quit doing it. Just sayin! LOL

  49. Truth Says:

    @patriot

    Schultz had nothing to do with the redistricting you imbecile. That was done at the state level by the REPUBLICANS.
    Stupid and clueless people should not open their mouths.
    West is an arrogant little punk not a hero. Watch your hero , he’s running at the first sign of a fight. Some hero you got there! LMAO

  50. RENEGADE Says:

    Perfect example of the lack of intelligence of the average neo-con.

    Oscar says “Liberal racists”
    That is about as intelligent as saying “Cold Fire”
    or “Dry Water”! Where did you go to school? If even?

    WEBSTERS : LIBERAL
    Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or AUTHORITARIAN attitudes, views, or dogmas; FREE from BIGOTRY.
    Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.
    Inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own
    Favoring political reforms tending twoards DEMOCRACY and personal FREEDOM for the individual.
    Generous, Ample, Abundant.

  51. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    Job One for this November is to remove Barack Hussein Obama from office. To me and many, many millions of Americans, that is priority number one and why we are currently keeping our powder dry.

    No previous President has ever run so rough-shod over America, nor done so much damage to America, nor lied to and screwed so many generations of the American people.

    The most important thing is to fire him, get rid of his whole Marxist cabinet and have a clean sweep across both party lines in Congress.

    Please forward to all your friends if you agree.

  52. OSCAR Says:

    Liberal racists like Tawana Brawley. Al Sharpton, Rev Wright and REALITY can’t stand a black man who think for himself. They think the liberals own him as if he was their slave. That’s why Colonel West really frosts them You notice I hit a nerve….hehehehe

  53. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    “Tawana Brawley”

    BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

    Can’t be serious with this.

    Ever hear of the Congressional Black Caucus?

    There are 41 members.

    40 of them are Democrats.

    So… which party is racist again?

    Absolutely hilarious!

  54. CC Says:

    Mr. West,
    I am very excited that you are running in my district! My parents met you several years ago and always speak very highly of you. Although we will miss Rooney, we are excited to have you represent us! A man of honor and integrity. Thanks District 22! Your loss is our gain! Oh and good luck with Frankel! lol I would not want to be in your area!

  55. Shan Says:

    Allen West is an embarassment who has lived off of “Uncle Sam” his entire adult life and has no plans of doing anything else. That’s the real reason for him hightailing it to friendlier confines where he can (hopefully) get re-elected and continue to talk garbage with minimal repercussions. If they ever come up with term limits, even though he’s only in his first, he should be the poster child.

  56. Mark Miller Says:

    Back for a visit and I see Same Ole and his alter egos are still at it. How many different names this thread dumb azz? Hahaha, you must be one lonely man to do this ALL DAY LONG. Get a hobby, maybe adopt a puppy, do something. Your pathetic life is depressing, just kidding, I think it’s hilarious. Oh time to go, got to go see my beautiful wife for drinks with our FRIENDS. Creep

  57. Gerard. Says:

    Let us please forget about race and party politics. The current President is woefully unqualified to manage America.
    He has driven this country into a swamp of incompetence, massive deficits and no vision for the future. Instead of displaying our angst by posting angry diatribes, let us put our shoulders to the task of running OBama out of our White House. And in closing, who in their right mind has donated millions to reelect OBama?

  58. OSCAR Says:

    Black Caucus is no less racist than if there was a white caucus. You just made my argument for me, dumbo.

  59. ha ha Says:

    West is a screwball we don,t want him in congress. Get rid of the bum.

  60. RENEGADE Says:

    @ OSCAR( who happens to be a flaming racist himself)

    The longest attempt at a filibuster was made by Sen. Strom Thurmond. He spoke for 24 hrs. straight in an attempt to block the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Thurmond, originaly a democrat, changed parties to the GOP to help support their STRONG opposition to all civil rights legislation!
    NUFF SAID!!

  61. RENEGADE Says:

    @Gerard,

    Don’t know where you are getting your info but wherever it is they are lying to you and feeding you false propaganda. You might want to do a little research and get the real facts.

  62. Never boring in the 16th Says:

    Rooney was too normal to hang on to that seat for long. … http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-15-2008/two-sex-scandals–one-congressional-district

  63. Oscar Says:

    Wow Renegade, I didn’t know that about my party!Thx

  64. kelly Says:

    If you want to make sure nothing gets done, elect West. Oh, except making bad speeches that is.

  65. OSCAR Says:

    Oscar says both political parties suck but not as much as the idiot who posts pretending to be me..get your own life, loser.

  66. RENEGADE Says:

    I realize that Oscar is right..I am a racist pig because I now realize that all Negroes are owned by the Democrat Party and Al Sharpton should tell them how to vote.

  67. Trev Roc Says:

    What a stinking coward! A hollow shell of a man. Stay and fight you coward. What a pu$$y!

  68. Coral Screams Says:

    West = Honor and Integrity?

    The guy has proven time and again he is a coward. He was allowed to quit the Army one step away from court martial and jail time. He lacks the conviction to move to Coral Springs and instead stay in Plantation, despite starting his run for the Florida 22nd.
    He lives in Plantation. Is he afraid a GIRL would hand his head to him in a fair election and looked instead for what he thought was an easy target?
    Twice?

    And to the doof that claims the redistricting is Debbie’s plan, I have to ask; When did Debbie gain control of the Republican dominated and controlled Florida legislature?

    I don’t know if I’m happier that I don’t have to worry about being represented by a chickensh*t who lacks the conviction to honestly represent his district or sadder because I’m denied the act of voting him out of office.

  69. Coral Screams Says:

    Corrections:
    “He was allowed to quit the Army just before he was to face court martial and jail time”

    “He lacks the conviction to move to Coral Springs and instead stays in Plantation, despite starting his run for the Florida 22nd in 2007 and not getting elected until 2010.”

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