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GOP primary fallout: Crowder’s wife endorses Murphy over West

by George Bennett | October 15th, 2012

Debbie Crowder, the wife of Republican Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder, has endorsed Democratic congressional challenger Patrick Murphy over U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Palm Beach Gardens, in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18.

Robert Crowder lost the GOP congressional primary to West by a 3-to-1 margin in August. He got 36 percent of the vote in his home base of Martin County, where he has been sheriff for 20 years and is arguably the county’s biggest GOP name.

In an e-mail distributed by the Murphy campaign, Debbie Crowder mentions West’s refusal to shake her husband’s hand at a St. Lucie County GOP meeting during the summer.

“How will a man who could not extend his arm out for a simple handshake to his fellow Republican and the 20-year sheriff of Martin County be able to reach across the aisle to get things done in Washington?” Debbie Crowder writes.

Robert Crowder angered many Republicans in 2010 when he crossed party lines to back Democrat Alex Sink over Republican Rick Scott in the governor’s race. Crowder hasn’t gotten involved in the West-Murphy race. He said before the primary that, if he lost, he would not endorse Murphy.


22 Responses to “GOP primary fallout: Crowder’s wife endorses Murphy over West”

  1. Whatever.... Says:

    Who cares…….

  2. ok Says:

    Alex sink did NOT endorse Crowder, did she……… Nope she did not.

  3. gary Says:

    Crowder endorsed alex sink…

    new at 11

  4. Go Murphy! Says:




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  5. ok... Says:

    How can a man who calls himself a sheriff try to start a whispering campaign against his oponent. Perhaps that is why West did not shake his hand. Crowder referred to him as a coward and tried to spread a rumor about him using drugs.

  6. Joseph L Cooke Says:


  7. Go Murphy! Says:

    Ouch, just saw this list of Allen West’s horrific and bizarre comments as rated by PolitiFact. Have you seen this yet? It was posted on another blog. What a liar!


    “Currently we have some 40-45% of Americans who are not paying any taxes.” = MOSTLY FALSE

    “If you look at the application for a security clearance, I have a clearance that even the president of the United States cannot obtain because of my background.” = PANTS ON FIRE LIE

    “We had an amendment in the health care law that said the federal government is going to take over education.” = FALSE

    “China owns about 29 percent of (the U.S.) debt.” = FALSE

    “This is the first time in the history that we’ve had the raising of a debt limit also with spending cuts.” = FALSE

    “In the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it was the Democrats who cut $500 billion from Medicare. And they also put in place the Independent Payment Advisory Board, 15 unelected bureaucrats, which will be making decisions about health care for our seniors and for all Americans.” = MOSTLY FALSE

    The EPA “wants to hire 230,000 new government regulators that will cost the taxpayer $21 billion.” = FALSE

    About 78 to 81 House Democrats “are members of the Communist Party. … It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.” = PANTS ON FIRE LIE

    An “Obamacare slush fund” paid to spay and neuter dogs and cats, then counted it as an “anti-obesity campaign.” = FALSE  

    Go Patrick!

    We need someone in DC who is going to be working FOR US.

    Not someone who is there just to be a blowhard and get nothing done.

    Did you hear that the Ryan Plan would mean that Seniors would have to pay more than $200 per month extra?

    I can’t believe Allen West voted to hike Medicare on our seniors. Then again, look at how totally unhinged he is. I guess I can believe it. But nobody with that kind of anti-Senior voting record should be allowed anywhere NEAR Congress!

  8. Kate Says:

    Crowder lost, I suspect that is what this article is about. There is not room in the reality of politics to have your feelings hurt, thick skin, Debbie, thick skin. No one cares if your husband was the sheriff for 20 years when you play with the big kids. You are free to endorse whomever you wish, no one really cares outside of little Martin County. There really isn’t any goom by ya moments in politics.

  9. Sheldon Adelson's $$$$$$$$ Says:

    Hey Kate,

    Maybe you can’t read.

    This article is about the fact that Allen West is so indecent that he refused to shake his opponent’s hand in the Republican primary.

    Try READING, idiot!

    “”"Debbie Crowder mentions West’s refusal to shake her husband’s hand at a St. Lucie County GOP meeting during the summer.

    “How will a man who could not extend his arm out for a simple handshake to his fellow Republican and the 20-year sheriff of Martin County be able to reach across the aisle to get things done in Washington?” Debbie Crowder writes.”"”

  10. David S. Levine Says:

    To call Sheriff Crowder, “arguably the county’s biggest GOP name” is an insult to every Republican. Crowder didn’t merely “endorse” the Democ-rat running for governor in 2010 but made a commercial for her wearing (disgracing) his uniform. He also refused to support Joe Negron in his congressional race against the subsequently disgraced Tim Mahoney. Crowder has a history of perfidy the this “endorsement” by his wife only extends that. It will be as effective as his losing primary campaign.

  11. Keeping Track Says:

    Let’s start keeping track of whom the Palm Beach Post endorses and see what percentage of them are democrats and what percentage republicans:

    Today: 1 Democrat in District 86 and 1 Republican in District 85-ok that’s a balance!

    Monday: No endorsement in House Race 89 but 3 negative paragraphs on Republican, 1 negative paragraph on democrat – so it goes to a Democrat endorsement

    As for the League of Women Voters….that is a democrat bastion. It is NOT partisan!

    The former VP of League of Women Voters, Patricia Goodman, is a democrat who ran and then had to drop out of the District 89 race.


    When the VP of the League runs for political office as a democrat…that gives you an indication of what and who the league promotes.

  12. Commadorable Says:

    One pathetic loser endorsing another pathetic loser? Give me a break. Allen West will tromp Murphy just like he did Crowder. This country cannot afford another amateur in Washington!

  13. Marilyn Parmet Says:

    One of the reasons people LOVE Congressman West is his honesty. He sas what he believes and does not deviate. When he says Obamacare has taken 715 billion dollar away from medicare/seniors it is because it is a fact.
    I do not know the Crowders, but eidently the people of his district do and they spoke in the primary.He was resoundingly defeated by the folks who know him best. Enough said about them.

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  15. John Says:

    In spite of my being ultra-conservative and strictly traditional, in good conscience I cannot so much as think of ever voting for West who is an outright self-serving con artist and fraud. The shuck and jive grandstander West has been from the moment he hoodwinked the gullible members of the Tea Party (whom he would verbally attack upon their realizing what a lying and self-serving fraud he is once in office) who put him into office about one thing and one thng only……………, himself, period. His voting record is anything but conservative. Can you say RINO? I can and critically do. So should all of you apologist and myopic Republicans. And please, a former member of a supremacist biker gang now in Congress? Give me a break. And what’s this I see nearly every day……….., me, myself and I Allen West yet again ad nauseum before the camera propping himself up not for Congress, instead for the White House, this time stumping in California. I never knew his district was in California, did you? Where’s the gadfly off to next, certainly not his district and by the way, which one?

    Murphy is hardly perfect and I have disagreements with the lad – this Blue Dog Democrat, but he is not self serving nor a liar and I’ll take that any day over a scheming, conniving, self-serving lying fraud.

    In the meantime be certain to vote the anti-American, anti-Constitution, hate filled, racist megalomaniac Marxist Obama OUT (just like West) in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. John Maloney Says:

    Guess who will never support Crowder for office again? This guy!

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  20. CB Says:

    Crowder proved everyone right – he is a RINO! He has now financed anti-West signs because of his personal vendetta against West. Crowder has taken decades of good service to his community and spoiled his name. As a retired law enforcement officer living in Port St Lucie, and affiliated with MCSO, I am truly embarrassed by Crowder – SHAME ON YOU!

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