Allen West says he’s not running for House seat again in 2014by George Bennett | January 16th, 2013
Murphy narrowly defeated West last year in America’s most expensive House race. West, whose blunt-spoken conservatism has attracted a national following of admirers and critics, was immediately encouraged by fans to run again in 2014.
Other Republicans who might be interested in running have been waiting on the sidelines for an announcement from West.
The Politics column asked West today what his new “Next Generation” venture means for any potential future run for office.
Here’s the answer West sent via text message:
“My commitment is to the future of the next generation of Americans. The conversation should not be about me but what is the legacy we shall leave to our children and grandchildren, greater debt, a less secure Country and world, diminished opportunity? Shall we be the first generation to fail to ensure the American dream for future generations? So if all you want to know is if I am running for Congressional district 18, the answer is no. My sights and objectives, political and otherwise, are focused on something far greater.”