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Judge denies Allen West’s recount request; focus now on 4 p.m. canvassing board meeting

by George Bennett | November 16th, 2012

FORT PIERCE — A judge today denied U.S. Rep. Allen West‘s request that he order a recount of 37,379 ballots from early voting in St. Lucie County — effectively leaving the decision up to the county’s canvassing board, which meets today at 4 p.m.

Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn said he did not have the authority to issue an injunction ordering the recount, which West wanted after problems emerged in the counting of early votes on election night.

Unofficial returns show Democrat Patrick Murphy leading the race by 1,907 votes or 0.58 percent in District 18, which includes St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties.

West has not conceded.

In denying West’s motion, Vaughn noted the canvassing board is considering the issue at a meeting this afternoon. The judge also said that West has other legal remedies — specifically mentioning a statute that allows a candidate to contest an election within 10 days of the final certification of results. That certification is scheduled for Tuesday.

After West filed his motion for an injunction on Tuesday in St. Lucie County circuit court, the canvassing board on Thursday scheduled a meeting for this afternoon to consider a full recount of early votes.

Murphy attorney Gerald Richman said in court today that there is no basis for a full recount of early votes and if the canvassing board orders a full recount of them, the Murphy campaign will go to court to try to block it.

“If the canvassing board were to decide that they want to do that without any evidentiary basis to do so, we’ll be back before your honor with a motion for injunctive relief against them doing it because under the law the statute that we cited for your honor they have absolutely no right to do it,” Richman said.

“Now we’re getting both sides threatening us,” said St. Lucie County Attorney Dan McIntyre, representing the canvassing board.

The canvassing board originally planned a full recount of early votes after some were double-counted and others were ignored on election night. But after announcing the full recount late Saturday, the board reversed course Sunday morning and decided to only recount 16,275 ballots from three of the eight days of early voting.

That recount resulted in 799 early votes vanishing from the West-Murphy race. West argued the irregularities that came to light in the partial recount merited a full recount.

West’s attorneys also amended their complaint this morning to ask for a recount of approximately 37,000 absentee ballots from St. Lucie County, but Vaughn did not rule on that petition.

In an amended complaint filed this morning, the West campaign says its review of absentee ballot records shows “significant problems” with those ballots as well the early votes. The West camp says that in some precincts, the number of absentee votes recorded exceeds the number of voters who are listed as casting absentee ballots.

Under Florida law, a candidate must be within 0.5 percent to merit a recount. Murphy’s margin is larger. The West campaign technically wanted the judge — and now the canvassing board — to order a “retabulation” under Florida statutes, which allow a county to conduct such an exercise if it finds errors in its initial tabulation of votes.

If there is a retabulation, West would need to gain a few hundred votes to get within 0.5 percent and trigger a full recount from all three counties.

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127 Responses to “Judge denies Allen West’s recount request; focus now on 4 p.m. canvassing board meeting”

  1. steven licari Says:

    concede !!!

  2. R Scott Says:

    If the Democrat Party ends up stealing the election General West can get ready for the 2016 Presidential race.

  3. Jay Says:

    Allen West is an arrogant, power hungry politician who is spending unnecessary tax money by demanding something he isn’t entitled to. The Florida Statutes spell it out in black in white. Allen, you’ve lost. Now go home and prepare for life after office, and allow Congressman-elect Murphy to prepare for office. Tiem to concede and get over it!

  4. Critical Thinker Says:

    Where’s a giant hook when we need one?

  5. Pete Says:

    @steven, You’re right. Murphy should concede.

  6. John Says:

    West wants to change the rules in the middle of the game. Time to concede and congratulate Rep. Murphy for his victory.

  7. The Truth Hurts Says:

    @R Scott: General West? LMFAO! What did he receive a promotion in rank overnight? HE’S A LOSER!! GO AWAY, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Don Says:

    Thank god Allen West will be removed from office. He’s what makes our great system so bad. Allen West is a negative evil man. btw I’m a Republican too.

  9. jack Says:

    So let me see, West wanted to be in the Military and they kicked him out and now he wants to be a politican and the people kicked him out. Its all clear.

  10. Rachel Says:

    Why would Murphy fight a recount? Don’t we all want a fair and honest election? What’s wrong with the truth? Who in the world would want to leave it like this? Murphy must believe he really lost if he wants to fight seeing actual results. This sickens me. Stand up for truth & honesty, and against corruption St. Lucie – regardless of party.

  11. Nic Says:

    Seriously! Give it a rest! you lost! MOVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Pbonn Says:

    Not only a loser but a sore one too. He must not have been told “no” enough as a kid.

  13. C. Citizen Says:

    West needs to stop wasting tax payer’s money and take the hint!

  14. billy Says:

    Denying West a recount is clearly racist. Typical hypocritical Dems.

  15. SouthPB Says:

    For all you Republicans who try to play cute and claim that any criticism of Allen West is “racist”:

    Once Democrats start accusing Allen West of not being a US Citizen or putting up pictures of him dressed like an African Witch Doctor, I’ll be the first to agree with you that such actions would be racist.

    But until/unless that happens, you guys are just being idiots.

  16. Fed up Says:

    Go to GA go West!

  17. Linda Says:

    Even if they did a full recount and West still lost he would find another reason to claim that the election results are tainted. After all no one wants a person in office who sees a Communist under every rock, dislike confident women claim that that confidence is emasculating men, and tells people he disagrees with to “get the hell out of this country.” this from a man who violated the Military Code of Conduct and to save his face was allowed to retire rather than be court marshaled – he seems to feel that he is entitled to live by different rules than the rest of us.

  18. BLAH DE BLAH Says:

    I’m guessing the judge is a democrat.

  19. BLAH DE BLAH Says:

    *quote*For all you Republicans who try to play cute and claim that any criticism of Allen West is “racist”:*unquote*

    Hey – SouthPB – Obama has made a career of it.

  20. entitlement man Says:

    Any election result that shows a 141% voter turnout in a precent should be investigated. Some precincts were not counted and others were counted twice -12 precincts showed over 100% voter turnout when the national average was 34%. Sounds like a complete investigation is needed regardless of whose party or whose name. This is what gives Florida a bad rap when EVERY election turn out to be cartoon time. I say count again and the winner is the one with the most – but lets be honest about it.

  21. R Scott Says:

    General West for President!

  22. CarolO Says:

    How many times does West and his lawyers have to be told by a Judge that the canvassing board has to follow the laws of the election and a Judge does not make election decisions?

    The Sec of Elections knew there was a problem with the counters the first 3 days of early voting. That error was fixed and corrections re-tabulated. Since Murphy is still ahead by more than 5%, a recount can not be done. If the Board of Canvassers decide to do a full recount today, they will be sued by Murphy’s lawyers. The laws are clear and I’m sure they will follow the law and not do a full recount.

    FOX News and a few others report West gained 132 votes with the re-tabulation. He did not gain 132, he LOST 132. Murphy lost 667.

  23. Bubbles Says:

    Yes!!!! More republican tears!! I thought they had all dried up by now…good thing too…my bath was getting cold.

    He’s a loud mouth asshole that was voted out by a young man…eat it loser.

    Allen west…you are a loser. A loser. A big fat crying baby kicking and screaming…just like the rest of your party. Denile is a hell ofa drug.

    Loser!

  24. SouthPB Says:

    The time has come.

    The time is now.

    Allen Bernard West, will you please go now!

  25. CarolO Says:

    entitlement man … I have checked the election results daily since the election. It has never said 141%.

  26. Wests Daddy Says:

    Glad we get to see West finally out of the picture, he is a poison, my dad served in two wars (Korea and Vietnam) and this person claims to be a war hero when in truth is a soldier that got kick out of the armed forces. Goodbye West and good riddance!!

  27. opinionatedhermit Says:

    I am howling. The same Florida Democrats who thought counting “Hanging Chads” now think it bizarre to ask for a clear and complete recount of the same votes that miraculously put Murphy into the lead.

    Again, I am laughing at Florida ….

  28. Victoria Says:

    Hey Entitlement: that 140% voter turnout? That question has already been debunked. WE HAD TO 2 BALLOTS. Every voter who turned in their ballot HANDED IN 2 BALLOTS. Take the percentage, like our SLC Supervisor did and divide it by 2. Not that hard to figure it out.

  29. Wyn Says:

    Allen West you will have to get used to life out of the limelight. The folks in district 18 voted and have spoken. They want you out. Maybe you can move to another state and run in the 2014 election. Better yet, when Florida secedes you can run for president of Florida, but don’t count on andy federal money or your federal pension.

  30. Wesley Says:

    The 141% number comes from the total cards cast. Each voter got two cards for their ballot. Not everyone bothered with the second card (the amendments), which is why it’s not just double the number of registered voters. But I don’t expect West supporters to bother looking into facts.

  31. DIEGO VIEJO Says:

    In Philadelphia and Ohio they had nearly 200 precincts that no voted for Romney. Nothing wrong there. When Norm Coleman won the Senate race in Minnesota and weeks and weeks later votes keep showing up for Al Franken until he won…nothing wrong there. When Obama met with a Black Ward Boss in Chicago’s Southside and said from his book: Obama you are only letting your people vote one time….nothing wrong there.
    Now with some many problems with voting in Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties Congressman Allen West is denied due process of re-examing the vote count.
    But there is something wrong with this but since it is in the detriment of a Democratic, nothing will be done. PS, if anyone wants to give me a decent price for my house, I would be happy to move out of this country before it turns into a 3rd world nation that this election is going to cause.

  32. RON Says:

    BLAH DE BLAH
    billy

    The whole world knows who the real bigots are. Its spelled GOP!

    So suck a racist!! Little worms!

  33. RON Says:

    opinionatedhermit

    Thats OK Florida is laughing at you….
    since you can’t fix stupid!

  34. RON Says:

    DIEGO VIEJO

    Don’t let the door hit you in the A$$ as you leave!!!!

    You can always do like the one moron and just kill yourself!! LOL!!

  35. Timothy Williams Says:

    West lost at the polls and lost with y
    the judges. West go away, we don’t want you and your nasty ways here on the Treasure Coast. You are not from Florida and know nothing about us; how could you represent us in Congress? Maybe for once in your life you could get a job which is not paid for by taxpayers.

  36. DIEGO VIEJO Says:

    If Martin County had 140 % cast because they had 2 ballots, then I guess Palm Beach County must have a high percentage cast since we had 3 ballots. Most large counties in Florida need to be investigated for voter irregularities by the State.

  37. entitlement man Says:

    Hey Victoria – rotate on it.

  38. Rock3360 Says:

    BLAH DE BLAH

    I’m guessing you and crybaby West are JUST PLAIN OLD S.O.L. !!!!LMAO!!!!

  39. sarah Says:

    Sore loser. Take a hike.

  40. DIEGO VIEJO Says:

    I know Ron voted for Obama since he seems to be illiterate. But maybe he voted for Lois Frankel who won Allen West’s old seat in District 22. With her record in West Palm Beach and her being from New York, how can she represent us???

  41. Wesley Says:

    It may surprise you to learn that different counties have different methods of counting their ballots.

  42. Rock3360 Says:

    entitlement man

    Victoria rotate on it????

    She’s not the DUMB A$$ with the stupid question!!!

  43. RENEGADE Says:

    DIEGO VIEJO

    There wasn’t 140% voter turn out, some people are just too stupid to be lose in public!!

  44. FormerNYer Says:

    Maybe he will take that offer from Georgia — we can hope!

  45. Joanne Leonard Says:

    Please fight for a West recount!! We are a Democracy, NOT A BANANA REPUBLIC!!!!

  46. babshill Says:

    What a bunch of blubbering idiots. First of all, if any ONE of you had a son or daughter in the service, you would WANT them to be under the command of Lt. Col. Allen West who, by the way, is praised by the men and women who served under him. Our ROE are the most ridiculous and dangerous of any other country, and it is a shame that our government will let our sons, daughters, moms and dads go to WAR and then try and tell them from their DESKS when they can shoot.

    There is corruption everywhere, and people just sit back and do nothing. Either way, I’m glad West isn’t backing down. They already found discrepancies, so obviously something is amiss. You want to scream about taxpayer money being wasted? Tell Murphy to stop blocking the count. If the votes are there, they are there.

    Have you read the dribble on this blog? Act like grown ups for crying out loud.

  47. Wesley Says:

    babshill,

    Firstly, you want to talk about corruption? How about the fact that after West fired a gun next to a prisoner’s head, the military let him “retire” instead of court-martialing him so he could keep his full pension and benefits?

    Second, no one is blocking anything. The law states you need less than a 0.5% margin of victory to trigger s recount, and Murphy won by more than that. West is the one trying to block the results here, and allowing him to do so would set a terribly precedent.

    If you want to accuse people of not acting like grown ups, please learn all the facts before throwing a fit.

  48. BeeBee&Tee Says:

    Looks like the communist party is going to win this one. I mean Obama is not qualified to be President just look at the phony Birth Certificate on the White House Website. Moreover he murdered a US citizen with out a Trial.

    The worst president in history next to Stalin and Bernie Maddoff.

  49. alien waste Says:

    The only thing better than watching Allen West lose?

    Watching Allen West lose over and over and over again.

    Priceless.

  50. John Purcell Says:

    BeeBee

    When were Stalin and Bernie Maddoff elected President?

  51. billy Says:

    Wow. Reading some of the responses here it looks like the democrat party in Florida is looking more like the KKK everyday.

  52. Trudge1 Says:

    “the board reversed course Sunday morning and decided to only recount 16,275 ballots from three of the eight days of early voting.

    That recount resulted in 799 early votes vanishing from the West-Murphy race.

    Wow only 20 percent in fraudulent votes for Murphy in that sampling. The dems were cutting it close on that one.

  53. Si Warner Says:

    West should be arrested. He lost, therefore if he doesn’t concede, send him to prison for ten years. That’ll shut him up.

  54. dockw Says:

    If there is any doubt shouldn’t we recount just to ensure that the count is accurate?
    What’s there to lose? Some time and effort? Do it and be done with it.

  55. The Truth Hurts Says:

    @BeeBee-Shouldn’t your screen name be BAY-BAY? Go figure that one out. FYI-STALIN WASN’T ELECTED, HE HELPED OVERTHROW THE CZAR OF RUSSIA BY MILITARY COUP (WITH THE BOLSHEVIKS). THEN HE ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY AND BECAME GENERAL SECRETARY IN 1922) HE WAS NEVER ‘ELECTED’ AND NEITHER WAS BERNIE MADOFF. What alternate universe do you live in?

  56. The Truth Hurts Says:

    @billy-No, the Democrats HAVE A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, IDIOT. THE DEMOCRATS THE KKK? Typical inbred redneck Republican ignorant comment.

  57. Allen West is a loser Says:

    This is the dessert at the end of the delicious meal that was the 2012 elections. Savoring each bite. Karma is a bitch, ain’t it?

  58. Joe Says:

    Enough already with this malarkey!

  59. Moishe Says:

    All elections are corrupt. The winners are all pre determined. If you think your vote counts..you are nuts.

  60. The Truth Hurts Says:

    @Joe-LOL!! Let’s toast with a shot of Irish Whisky!

  61. JJG Says:

    Just because West lost the election doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be our next elected Congressman.

  62. Tim Says:

    Does this mean that the tea-potty bags will take their lumps and go away?

  63. billy Says:

    “The Truth Hurts Says:
    November 16th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    @billy-No, the Democrats HAVE A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, IDIOT. THE DEMOCRATS THE KKK? Typical inbred redneck Republican ignorant comment.”

    Not quite. He’s only half black, in case you didn’t notice. Apparently West is just to black for them. I mean, what else could it be? What could they possibly be afraid of? You recount the vote and be sure it’s accurate, or you kick West to the curb because he’s too black.
    Looks like a clear case of racism to me. Shame on the democrats.

  64. Tim Says:

    @Rachael: why wouldn’t he, recounts cost taxpayers money, and the people have spoken! By by teabags, no go away and die off!

  65. Merrily Snider Says:

    The election is over and you lost Allen. Be a man and concede before you look more like an idiot.

  66. Tim Says:

    The tea-potty baggers should all go home now, and lock their door. They should pull the drapes, and hide under the bed. I hear gangs of roving brown people are on the loose, all looking for ‘free-stuff’.

  67. alien waste Says:

    @billy

    Name your favorite 10 African-American politicians other than Allen West.

    I’ll wait for your reply.

    Ready? Go!

  68. Happy dem Says:

    It only shows the contempt that Allen west has for this country and its voters. First he violates direct standing orders because he doesn’t like them that cost his career and he says he’s a loyal American as the child of a real military hero ( 34 years in the navy and marine corps two wars WWII and Korea and never did he violate orders wether he liked them or not) I know how sacred following orders is , especially in wartime. Now he showing his contempt for the sacred right of voting that the citizens of this country enjoy. You lost. Iin every contest in life there is a winner and a loser. You sir are a loser

  69. The Truth Hurts Says:

    @billy-THE WORD IS ‘TOO’, NOT ‘TO’ BLACK. Allen West was the Tea Party’s TOKEN BLACK. Where are all the big time TeaBaggers now? Licking their wounds and bemoaning the fact they threw all that money away on loser candidates. OBAMA IS BLACK-ALMOST EVERY AFRICAN-AMERICAN IN THIS COUNTRY HAS A WHITE RELATIVE IN THEIR FAMILY TREE. Educated, sane, rational people do not like Allen West because he’s a radical, a felon, bigoted, & misogynistic (look it up). NOT BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN.

  70. Merrily Snider Says:

    I never realized how ignorant Floridians were until now. Everyone in this country has heard Allen West spout vehemence and declare that there are 78+ communists in the congress. What does he call a communist? Does he even know the definition? He lost and he should concede and try to keep some of his reputation intact before it’s too late.

  71. The Truth Hurts Says:

    @alien waste-Billy Bob’s brain cells are melting. I can smell them burning from here.

  72. jebamoni4 Says:

    THIS DUDE IS DONE!!! NOW THE MILITARY SHOULD INVESTIGATE AND TAKE THIS WAR CRIMINAL’S PENSION.

  73. Pamela Martin Says:

    Oh I am so “SICK” and TIRED of this darn LOSER! Dang Lil Ugly Concede, take it like the Lil man you are, YOU got your AZZ beat Fair & Darn Straight by a Youngster that I voted for! “YOU” tried to smear, Mr. Murphy, but look who is being smeared and looking like which way did he go??? HA, HA, HA WE don’t want your AZZ in Saint Lucie County and apparently surrounding areas are in agreement! LOL MONEY can’t buy YOUR AZZ EVERYTHING HA! Cone Head West, HEAD SOUTH or EAST AGAIN the People have cast their votes and it wasn’t YOU! In Dump Trump voice: “Your AZZ is FIRED” WE don’t want you in our County with this rift raft & calling our Supervisor of Elections, Ms. Walker incompentent, when in REALITY who looks incompentent? Allen or Allan WEST! Oh by the way, cut that dang box fade dude did you not get the memo? Lol LOSER CRY BABY SUCKER GO BYE WEST!!!

  74. Election Fraud Says:

    The election was unfair. Congressman West did not get a fair election, and the will of the people is not represented.

    See

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/election-judge-wears-obama-cap-while-checking-voters-obamas-chicago-ward_661843.html

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-broward-election-votes-found-20121112,0,4281740.story

  75. billy Says:

    You’re barking up the wrong tree, son. I voted for Alan Keyes before you even knew who he was. Don’t embarrass yourself.

  76. alien waste Says:

    @billy

    LOL

    Let’s try this again.

    Can you even NAME 10 African-American politicians?

  77. RC Says:

    It is over! The votes were counted! After today’s hearing West responded in the papers that ” It became apparent today that Patrick Murphy has no interest in having a fair and accurate count of votes. And that’s why his lawyers promised a lawsuit if all votes are recounted fairly and accurately.”
    The votes were counted FOOL! You lost. By law the margin of victory does not warrant a recount. If you wait any longer you will probably destroy any future you have in politics!

  78. billy Says:

    alien waste Says:
    November 16th, 2012 at 5:41 pm
    @billy

    LOL

    Let’s try this again.

    Can you even NAME 10 African-American politicians?

    Well Obama would be one that comes to mind. His dad is from Africa and his mother is from the US, ergo African/American

    I think the rest are just black because both of their parents are from here.

  79. LRT Says:

    @ Rscott

    This idiot couldn’t run for President…he has to many skeletons in his closet…he would never want out!
    GET REAL!

  80. P Karpinski Says:

    Gee turn about fair play I would say, in 2004 If you watched the movie RECOUNT it was all about the republicans making sure that the Recount was never done and made sure that Bush was re-elected when Gore actually won the state of Florida. The republicans did everything they could to stop the recount and steal the election so KARMA! WEST, you don’t deserve to win, you have done nothing for the people only for your pocket book, go home and lick your wounds, get over it. I hear they are hiring at Publix.

  81. alien waste Says:

    @billy

    I’ll take that as a ‘no’.

    Point proven.

  82. Pamela Martin Says:

    Okay let me say this, I am a black woman who voted for Mr. Murphy. Now let me clear the air, this is not about racism, this is about a RACE that Allen Cone Head, Pizza with Hair LOST!!! PLEASE understand Ladies & Gent’s, the COLOR of Allen West skin had NOTHING to do with his LOST and Mr. Murphy’s GAIN it was and still is his that lil RED thing in his ugh stank AZZ mouth called a tongued brought his AZZ down! Now go tabulate that Allen LOSER West! Lil man go away and try again like the Lil Red Engine that chants: ” I think I can, I think I can” yet the engine blew the head gaskets LOL just like YOU Lil TOAD You have blown your darn head gasket and your wig piece is coming undone!! Lol I’m sooo tinkled that he LOST with his arrogant AZZ! Concede Pizza with Hair!!! LOL:)

  83. Friday Night Live Says:

    Come on Colonel, why continue to fight? I’m certain News Corp. already has a talking head job lined up for you. Plus it pays better and just like a U.S. Congressman, neither knowledge or ethics are required

  84. Tyrone Leroy Says:

    Maybe Tricky Ricky and get him a job at the corner doughnut shop in Tallahassee.

  85. Tim Says:

    Boo hoo, hoo, teabags. The sniveling coward is toast. He’s unemployed, but thanks to the Democrats, he can apply for food stamps!

  86. Sherry S Says:

    Allen West is a hero for his service to America and deserves some respect here! I can’t believe the ignorant vile crap being posted on this site! Give Mr. West a recount, he has earned that right!

  87. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Actually Sherry, mr. west is a jerk-off who missed a less than honorable discharge because he paid a fine.

  88. SOFLGirl Says:

    Here is the latest….Rick Scott at it again!

    There is now information that West is running like a whiny kid to Governor Voldemort’s office to see if he’ll help him out.
    Florida Democrats aren’t having any of it:

    Top Florida Democrats sounded the alarm Friday over what they see as improper interference by Gov. Rick Scott in U.S. Rep. Allen West’s attempt to hold onto his congressional seat.
    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, flatly asserted in a statement that the Republican governor is attempting to interfere in the contest between Republican West and Democrat Patrick Murphy.

    A spokesman for Scott’s secretary of state denied the Democrats’ assertions.
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s statement on the matter says in part:

    “Having Governor Scott intervene is outrageous and inappropriate. After disenfranchising Florida voters by cutting down early voting days and creating extraordinarily long lines at the polls, Governor Scott is now trying to blatantly overturn an election result he disagreed with and undermine Gertrude Walker, a three-decade veteran of the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office. Governor Scott needs to remove himself from this process immediately.”

    Rick Scott has NO authority to intervere but I doubt that will stop him to try to get Alan West elected!

    Please vote in 2014-

  89. April Says:

    Just re-count the dxxn ballots. Whats the big deal. Then there will be no questions…by the time you guys have spent time and money, they could have already been recounted. If you have nothing to hide….just do it you!!! My God people!!!!!!!!! I bet I could take a small staff and had it completed by now…..This is exactly whats wrong with government!!!!!!!

  90. Dee Says:

    West these are red leaning areas. Face it even the Repuglithugs voted against you.

  91. Lee W. Mueller Says:

    The litany of grammatically incorrect, minimally literate, and logic deficient vacuous criticisms of Congressman West’s efforts to obtain a simple and accurate verification of the vote count in his Congressional district clearly establishes the fact that those who vehemently oppose his philosophy about the proper function of government are indeed the disputatious intellectual pygmies who confuse the practice of property confiscation through mob rule with a moral code of societal conduct. Clearly the content of rudimentary education in Florida and elsewhere has declined and degraded to the point where it might just as well be made optional given its apparent failure to pass along the knowledge of the basic economic principles that created this Republic in the first instance – the knowledge that is requisite to build a durable Civilization. Well now it must be time to just pass around the “free” candy (as long as there are producers left to make it.)

  92. Jeffrey Says:

    Both Congressman Murphy and West need to sit down at the White House and drink a beer.

    Truth be told. Recount. Settle and move on. A recount will give Murphy a true win or West with vindication.

    Residents of Dist 18 deserve nothing but a clear and true winner not rumors or questions.

    I am Jeff and I approve this message.

  93. Merrily Snider Says:

    Jeffrey,

    Maybe he’ll take it to the conservative Supreme Court to get elected, just like little georgie did.

  94. drippinhun Says:

    Instead of admitting defeat, Allen West wants to keep living on his cushy government salary and congressional benefits.

  95. DisgustedFormerRepublican Says:

    I used to be a Republican until Rick Scott and the Pee Party. Thats right the Republicans are peeing all over 47%

  96. drippinhun Says:

    @Lee W. Mueller

    Have you ever heard of paragraphs?

  97. Nixon Says:

    Please, pretty please Allen West run for President in 2016. Because the Clown Car called the Republican Primary really needs a nut behind the wheel steering the whole mess into the ditch. Allen West needs to run for President, because every comedian deserves a job! *laugh*

  98. R Scott Says:

    General West for CIA Director!

  99. Ronald Regan Says:

    Hey all you Democrat liberals out there. Let’s see how you feel about Obama and his cronies like Murphy after the the first of the year when the Bush tax cuts expire. Here’s what going to happen … Unemployment UP, Healthcare insurance UP, Taxes UP, Medicare DOWN, Social Security DOWN, Gas UP, Utilities UP, Food UP, Insurance UP … Our lifestyle DOWN! It’s going to be 4 more years of hell. At least Allen West gets it. You liberals all are a bunch of narrow minded drones. Follow the leader Obama right into a depression! Numbskull Socialistic Morons! Remember this comment while you stand on line at Publix for a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk!

  100. Merrily Snider Says:

    Ronald Regan,

    Did you misspell Reagan on purpose?

    BTW, don’t be so quick to send up the fear flag just yet. People like you are part of the problem. West is a big part of the problem and why he wasn’t elected. Now, go back to taking your nap.

  101. Trudge1 Says:

    “CANVASSING BOARD – THE STATE HAS RECOMMENDED A RECOUNT!!!!! ”

    “LIVE ALLEN WEST UPDATE – BOOTS ON THE GROUND St Lucie SOE They found a box of ballots!!!!!!!!!! “

  102. Trudge1 Says:

    If Murphy makes it back up to Colorado fast enough he’ll still have time to chop his firewood for this winter.

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  104. Jim Says:

    Paybacks are he//, and we owe the bags a double payback for 8 years of Dubya. It’s time to send the taxes of the rich a$$H0/es like Rush Limbaugh into the stratosphere!

  105. kate Says:

    There has definitely been voter tampering in the Florida election, which has come to light in the abbreviated re-count. I suspect more of the same happened across the nation! With nearly a 1,000 votes just disappearing and hundreds more being found to be for West, ALL Americans should support a full recount, with observers from both sides! America must not become a banana republic, rampant with voter fraud!

  106. Merrily Snider Says:

    kate

    But, it was okay that republicants did everything in their power to disenfranchise people by imposing mandatory voter IDs that were very expensive to get if you don’t have a driver’s license or are very old and can’t get around on 2-3 bus transfers to get this ID. Also, along with this type of disenfranchisement, many states reduced the hours of early voting and no Sunday voting in places where minorities usually travel with their church friends in order to vote enmass on the Sunday before the election. Ohio had a very tough situation where their Secretary of State (another teapublicant

  107. Merrily Snider Says:

    kate (continued)

    Secretary of State (another teapublicant that was elected in the 2010 debacle) kept changing voting hours primarily because he was originally trying to keep counties with the most minorities from being able to vote until a judge ruled against him. Thus, the long lines designed to keep voters away – especially those who weren’t able to stand for 4-9 hours. Do you have any complaints about that? Or how about George W. Bush winning Florida in 2000 when he didn’t really win which cause us an 8 year siege on our economy?

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  109. Irv Says:

    THE KKK WERE DEMOCRATS AND ARE STILL DEMOCRATS TRYING TO CHEAT A BLACK MAN FROM WINNING THE EKECTION.

  110. contructiveconservative Says:

    I don’t know what the policy is here, but I re-blogged some info I found very interesting. It may explain why the Republican Party is not getting involved…court order.

  111. Marilyn Says:

    Go for it, West! Stay the game. Let them recount. They should have done a decent, truthful count in the first place. Every State should have.

  112. Mel Says:

    50 years’ experience at independent political activism provides insights about ballot access and other election fraud not generally available to those compromised by party loyalty. Florida’s dozen years of election fraud since the Y2K election cycle may be infamous, but it is in no way exclusive of anything except votes for non-Democrat candidates.

    Under Democrat Governor Edward Rendell, the Pennsylvania Department of State threatened all 67 counties with expensive lawsuits for failure to replace time-tested polling systems with recordless, easy-to-rig, PC-based software-operated, vote totalizers like the Shouptronic and its clones. Armed with a Watcher Certificate from the Office of Attorney General, I witnessed inept A.C.O.R.N. agents rig the 2008 election at the busiest polling stations.

    With Pat Murphy a familiar name, the methods used to rescue Obama and dump West suggests the southeast has the finest public officials money can buy!

    How can we determine 2012′s winners? Conduct the 2012 election again, under the supervision of America’s Founders.

    Isn’t it curious, with the “miracle of modern electronics” shoved down our throats, that governments do not compare voter lists for evidence of voters with multiple addresses casting ballots at several (or all) of them?

  113. Emily Brobst Says:

    Election fraud is fully established, even in Virginia, my home. Before the election, almost all the buzz was that Romney was pulling even or was ahead.
    Even our dumbed-down,partisan electorate can see that when there are more ballots cast than there are registered voters, something is wrong. When busloads of illiterate foreigners come in and are SHOWN how to vote, that’s suspicious. When St. Lucie’s election head decides to recount votes already cast, that’s a red flag. When ballots are found in somebody’s trunk, that’s fraud. When people can’t remember where they live, or look younger than their stated age, that’s a problem. When our military aren’t allowed the right to vote, that’s shocking and unconstitutional. FULL RECOUNT,and not by Democrats only.

  114. alien waste Says:

    LOL

    Full retab of early vote nets Murphy an additional 200 votes!

    Patrick Murphy wins again!

  115. Donald L. Wheatley Says:

    There sure was no balking at recounts when Al Gore wanted them, but he was a Democrat.

  116. Myron J. Poltroonian Says:

    141% voter turnout against a black man, in a Southern state no less. Where’s the Department of Justice’s Eric Holder on this one? (I hear only crickets on this one. Surprise, surprise.)

  117. Myron J. Poltroonian Says:

    As they say in Chi-Town: “Youse guys shaddup! We stole this election fair and square.”

  118. Trey Says:

    Love how some of you people who call a putz who RESIGNED his “Lt Colonel” rank rather than face a court martial as a General. Sorry, he is NOT. Considering his monumental hissy fit, not even sure if he has reached the rank of “adult”. Capt Crunch has more of an air of authority and competence.

  119. Trey Says:

    Time to start billing Mr West for this nonsense. The taxpayers of Florida should NOT have to pay for his hissy fit.

  120. Dr UpChuck Says:

    Do you why West has tiny little feet ?
    So he can stand closer to the sink at his new job washing dishes.

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    West is to politics what quacks are to the medical proffession. His supporters are a bunch of loser psychophants to the upper 2% and are voting against their own interests if they are middle class.

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