Allen West to Georgia: ‘I’m Not an NFL Free Agent’

By: Jim Turner | Posted: November 15, 2012 3:15 PM

Allen West

Rep. Allen West | Credit: Gage Skidmore - Flickr

U.S. Rep. Allen West says he has no plans to suit up for Georgia.

The Palm Beach Gardens Republican who has refused to concede the Congressional District 18 contest along Florida’s Treasure Coast has told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he won’t be heading back to his native state if he has to restart his political career.

“Look, let me tell you something," West told the AJC. "I have moved my wife around for 20-some-odd years, being in the military, and she was also the daughter of a career military guy. When I retired, she chose Florida. That’s where my daughter’s in school, in college, my youngest daughter’s in high school. That’s our home. It’s a very nice thing, but I’m not an NFL free agent.”

As West contested the election results in St. Lucie County earlier this week, Sue Everhart, chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, said she would support him if he wants to run for office in Georgia.

West is an Atlanta native.

“I would be glad to have him come back to Georgia and at some point run here,” Everhart told the Journal Constitution.

“I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job. The way he ran his race didn’t in any way interfere with the job he did. He ran as a Republican, a conservative Republican.”

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

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