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Rep. Allen West and Democratic campaign chief share admiration for Civil War bayonet charge

Monday, February 28th, 2011 by George Bennett

Artist Mort Kunstler's depiction of Col. Joshua Chamberlain leading bayonet charge at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Some Democrats were aghast at Republican Allen West’s references to bayonets during his successful 2010 congressional campaign. West (as at this West Palm Beach tea party rally) was invoking Union Col. Joshua Chamberlain, who helped change the course of the Civil War at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Chamberlain

Another Chamberlain fan, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel of New York, was in Palm Beach last week recruiting potential West challengers for 2012.

Read about it in this week’s Politics column.

Allen West on Leonidas at Thermopylae and his Post-endorsed GOP primary rival

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 by George Bennett

From Marathon to the Battle of Tours to Gettysburg to the Battle of the Bulge, one often gets a synopsis of military history when Republican congressional hopeful Allen West speaks. Here West, aiming to knock off Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein in November, mentions Leonidas “at that gap in Thermopylae” in the 5th century B.C. offering his legendary “come-and-get-them” challenge to the Persians who demanded the Greeks’ weapons.

Leonides

Leonidas

Later, West also mentions The Palm Beach Post editorial page’s recent endorsement of his unknown rival in the Aug. 24 Republican primary and (around the 6:15 mark) says, “I have every intention of making The Palm Beach Post pay for endorsing David Brady.”

PostOnPolitics, which is not connected to the editorial page or the paper’s endorsement decisions, asked West to elaborate. West, in an e-mail, explained that “…bottom line about PB Post paying for Brady endorsement, we are going to win. The best revenge is always success.”

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