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

Monday, October 15th, 2012 by George Bennett

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.

Congressional money roundup: West tops $10 million, Hasner out-raises Frankel and Jacobs

Monday, July 16th, 2012 by George Bennett

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, crossed the $10 million mark in fundraising during the last quarter while his likely Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, topped $2 million.

The latest batch of Federal Election Commission reports filed Sunday show West snagged $2.2 million during the quarter that ended June 30, including more than $1 million from people who gave less than $200. West has $3.7 million in cash on hand for what is expected to be a close race for Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18. Murphy, one of the nation’s top Democratic money-raisers, has nearly $1.3 million in cash on hand. Both West and Murphy face Aug. 14 primary challenges from meagerly financed rivals.

In the open race for West’s old Palm Beach-Broward District 22 seat, Republican Adam Hasner raised $558,936 between April 1 and June 30 — slightly more than the combined contribution total of Democratic candidates Lois Frankel and Kristin Jacobs during the quarter.

Former West Palm Beach mayor Frankel raised $359,887 in contributions for the quarter and supplemented her total with a $50,000 loan. Broward County Commissioner Jacobs raised $152,820. She and Frankel square off in an Aug. 14 primary.

Hasner, who does not face a primary opponent, has more than $1 million in cash on hand for November. Frankel has more than $1.3 million in her account while Jacobs has only $75,590 in the bank.


Congressional long shot Crowder breaks GOP mold on health care, taxes, Obama-Romney race

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 by George Bennett


Forget about the fact that Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder is at an enormous money disadvantage in his GOP primary challenge against a national tea party celebrity in U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation.

Forget that many GOP partisans are still seething over Crowder’s 2010 decision to appear in a TV ad blasting Republican nominee and eventual winner Rick Scott.

Even without those strikes against him, Crowder’s approach to the federal health care law, tax increases and whether President Obama deserves a second term are not the typical fare for a candidate hoping to woo the conservative voters who dominate GOP primaries.

Click here to read about Crowder’s appearance before The Palm Post editorial board today.

Allen West raises $1.8 million, spends $1.2 million in 1st quarter

Monday, April 16th, 2012 by George Bennett

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, is simply in a different league when it comes to congressional fundraising — and spending.

West collected more than $1.8 million during the first quarter of 2012, including $857,266 from donors who gave less than $200, according to a report posted Sunday. But the freshman tea party celebrity also spent more than $1.2 million in the quarter, most of it on his direct-mail money machine.

West, who has raised nearly $7.8 million overall, ended the quarter with $3.3 million in cash on hand.

To provide some perspective, the $1.8 million West collected between Jan. 1 and March 31 for his House race tops the $1.6 million that Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson raised over the same period for his statewide reelection bid.

And it wasn’t even a particularly boffo quarter for West, who raised $1.75 million in the previous three-month period and $1.96 million in the quarter before that.


Tea party leader Wilkinson cites residency qualms, mulls third-party challenge to Allen West

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 by George Bennett


South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson says he’s pondering a run for Congress against a national tea party favorite — U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation.

Wilkinson, a former Republican who’s now registered with no party affiliation, says he agrees with West on most issues but thinks the newly drawn Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 should have a local candidate. West lives in Broward County, but announced Jan. 31 that he’ll leave his Palm Beach-Broward district to run in District 18.

“Congressman West doesn’t live in this district. I’ve lived in this district four years,” said Wilkinson, whose group has had West as a speaker at some of its major rallies. “There’s local people in politics that may have considered running in that district who live there. Why shouldn’t they?”

Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder also cited concerns about West’s Broward County residency when he announced Tuesday that he plans to run against West in a GOP primary for the District 18 seat.

Wilkinson says he’ll make a decision about running in the next few weeks.

The likely Democratic candidate for District 18, Patrick Murphy, lives in Fort Lauderdale.

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