Who’s most conservative in Florida? Two new scorecards might surprise you…by George Bennett | March 1st, 2012
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.