Allen West’s year as a teacher goes from laugh line to campaign themeby George Bennett | July 23rd, 2012
If you’ve heard Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West speak about his life history, you’ve probably heard him say something like this: “When I first retired from the military back in 2004 after 22 years, I taught high school for a year. And that was such an enjoyable experience that I volunteered to go back to Afghanistan.”
In a new 30-second TV ad and a mailer sent to voters in Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 18, West says that year in the classroom helped shape his views about education policy.
“As a former high school teacher, I have seen firsthand how the educational bureaucracy is leaving behind America’s children,” West says in the mailer.
Read about it in this week’s Politics column (third item).