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Who’s most conservative in Florida? Two new scorecards might surprise you…

by George Bennett | March 1st, 2012

He’s a national tea party favorite whose outspoken conservatism inspires considerable sound and fury from the left and right. But U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, is less conservative on fiscal and economic issues than the average House Republican, according to vote ratings released this week by the supply-side advocates at the Club For Growth.

According to new ratings released today by the American Conservative Union, West gets an overall conservative score of 88 percent, compared to 81.5 percent for the average House Republican. West’s 88 percent ACU score is identical to that of less-polarizing U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, for votes cast in 2011.

The Club For Growth gave West a 64 percent score and Rooney a 59 percent score for 2011. The average House Republican agreed with the group 70 percent of the time on the votes it evaluated last year.

Freshman Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio lives up to his conservative billing, according to the new ratings. Rubio gets a 100 percent ACU score and a 97 percent score from Club For Growth.

Florida Democrats, not surprisingly, got low marks from the conservative groups. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson got a 14 percent Club For Growth rating and 15 percent ACU score for 2011.

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch got a 0 rating from the ACU and 1 percent from Club For Growth. U.S Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, got a 5 percent ACU score and 13 percent Club For Growth rating.

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Cape Coral, who’s running for Senate, got a 92 percent ACU score and 98 percent Club for Growth rating for 2011 votes.

7 Responses to “Who’s most conservative in Florida? Two new scorecards might surprise you…”

  1. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    ACU is a fascist front group for massive multi-national corporations who SIMPLY DON’T CARE ABOUT AMERICA.

    The Republican Party is a disgrace to America at every level.

    VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN 2012!

    We’ll turn this state and country back to the shared prosperity we all know as “THE AMERICAN DREAM” and away from life as serfs toiling for the 1% extraordinarily wealthy, like we are now.

  2. Jerry Says:

    Rubio is another “lockstep RWNJ” voting like a zombie with the Republicans 100% of the time.
    Allen West is a Dick no matter what he votes on.

  3. Searcher Says:

    Isn’t this just a good way of saying they are NOT INDEPENDENT and that they follow a CONservative agenda?

  4. Better Luck Next Time Says:

    They certainly nailed Deutch, the screaming Bobby Wexler clone. A zero, nada, nil, the big Goose Egg. Kinda reflects his record of accomplishments.

  5. Same Ole Same Ole Says:

    Nothing but a big joke. What is called conservatism in America today is not true Conservatism. Heck a lot of their policies are not even conservative.
    They think they can do whatever and if they call ythemselves conservative that makes it conservative. BS
    True conservative parties the world over laugh at our “American Conservatism” its a big joke to the rest of the world.
    Of course the American people couldn’t be more ignorant when it comes to political Science and related areas.
    90% go to the poles and have no idea what theyare voting for when they cast their vote. They may as well be blindfolded and throwing darts nat a board with names on it.

  6. g-d pity this country Says:

    GET RID OF THESE GOOD FOR NOTHINGS THEY ARE THE WORST PEOPLE TO RUN THIS COUNTRY. WHY WOULD ANYONE WITH A BRAIN IN THEIR HEAD VOTE FOR THEM ?????

  7. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    Again we have to read names used to post very carefully.

    Fake ones (similar to mine) for some reason, seem to be popular, and I am quite pleased at having apparently pulled some very nervous chains. Readers should check every written character for authenticity, spelling, and typo errors.

    Most copycat fake posts and stock emotional comments are obviously by the hundreds of semi-literate paid boiler room puppet trolls all over our country hired by the current administration to work in shifts 24 X 7, to distract, obfuscate, and create mayhem on forums like this.

    We best get used to this since it is only going to get worse in the next several months up to the election.

    Cheers! :-)

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