Politics

Allen West Shapes the Race Against Patrick Murphy

By: Jeff Henderson | Posted: December 2, 2013 3:55 AM
Allen West and Patrick Murphy

Allen West and Patrick Murphy

While he didn’t opt for a rematch with Patrick Murphy, Allen West is shaping one of the most high-profile congressional races in the nation.

After closely losing to Murphy in 2012, West has stayed in the political arena but quickly slammed the door on running again for his old congressional seat in 2014. Instead, West has thrown his support behind Ellen Andel for the Republican nomination to challenge Murphy.

West is getting more active with Andel. He hosted a fundraiser for her back in October and, in the middle of November, formally offered her his endorsement. While West is busy backing conservatives across the nation, he is expected to ramp up his support for Andel in the months to come.

By backing Andel, West is shaping the Republican primary against Murphy. Republicans in Washington and outside groups like Americans for Prosperity are looking to pour money into the race. While there are more Republicans in the district, this is no sure bet. Murphy has tried to stress his moderate credentials and has gone out of his way to keep constituents happy.

Despite the Republican advantages in the district, the primary field lining up against Murphy isn’t exactly impressive. While West’s support could turn things around, Andel hasn’t done well with fundraising so far. Carl Domino has done better in the money chase but he lost a state Senate primary in 2010 and a state House primary in 2012. Calvin Turnquest did even worse in that same Florida House primary in 2012 than Domino. Alan Schlesinger is best known for his political career in Connecticut. Ilya Katz didn’t make much of an impression in 2012 and things aren’t likely to change in 2014.

There’s talk that Adam Hasner could enter the Republican field despite running for another congressional seat last year. Certainly Republicans at the national level would love for Hasner to enter the contest. But, by backing Andel early, West is standing a bit in Hasner’s way. While independents and Democrats in the district might have little use for their former congressman, West remains popular with Republicans there, especially conservatives and tea party supporters. If West goes all out for Andel and Domino continues to stress his conservatism and raises money, Hasner would have a tough time in the Republican primary despite his impressive credentials and support.

Republicans still have a chance to defeat Murphy in 2014 though the congressman will be no easy mark. There’s still much drama here and West continues to play a major part in Murphy’s political career, even if he is not running against him.



Tallahassee political writer Jeff Henderson wrote this analysis piece exclusively for Sunshine State News.


Comments (12)

JB
6:55PM DEC 4TH 2013
West's "old congressional seat" was not the district in which he ran against Murphy in 2012. He represented a coastal district that redistricting changed into that which Congresswoman Frankel now represents. West bailed on that district and went north, where he thought his chances were better, forcing Congressman Rooney to leave for a seat on Florida's west coast.
ivan
12:51AM DEC 3RD 2013
West is a good man with an incredible potential and perspective the country needs. That house seat is beneath him. I expect him to run for the Senate.
Frank
11:39AM DEC 3RD 2013
Great! . . . . let him take Rubio's nomination . . . . chalk up another Democratic seat in Florida . . . . West couldn't even win a Republican district spending $18 million as an incumbent against a newcomer, when the average House winner spent somewhere around $1.6 million . . . . he has no chance in a statewide election and he knows it . . . . . dream on . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
bluedoginFL
11:53PM DEC 4TH 2013
Sorry Frank, not happening. The democrats are falling apart at the seams.... another hate spewing, hack-job gone from MSNBC-Farewell Marty. Now, let's work on the rest of those haters over at MSNBC. The network is reaping the failure of their vile, women-hating, angry white liberal men. hahaha
Frank
1:22AM DEC 7TH 2013
Yes, yes, of course, we understand you must be frustrated (with reason) . . . we saw how that last election worked out . . . think your new friends will gain back those women, minorities, teachers, union workers, scientists, moderate Republicans, and everyone else not a radical far right, white guy, for the next one . . . . yeah, right . . . .

Pathetic . . .
wbp
7:04PM DEC 2ND 2013
west lost because he's a radical right wing loud mouth. i wouldn't want him any where near a campaign event.
Joanne
11:22AM DEC 2ND 2013
Allen West was cheated by the counting of the votes.Leave it to the
democrats.If there is a way to steal an election this is the apparatchiks
who will get the job done.
Frank
1:54PM DEC 2ND 2013
Give your lies a break . . . the St. Lucie County recount team was headed by the Republican Chair of the county commissioner, Tod Mowery . . . stop with the typical right wing politics of the "Big Lie" . . . stop lying, or prove your accusation . . . . can't, can you? . . . because it's just more idiotic right-wing far out truthiness . . . .

Pathetic . . .
bluedoginFL
7:12PM DEC 5TH 2013
so, you just confirmed that the recount team was headed by the Republican chair of the county commissioner... and therefore, no possibility for any voter fraud just reinforces the fact that a republican-led recount team are certainly dignified and trustworthy.... even though Mr. West did not win... I guess you would be saying the right-wing recount was riddled with fraud only if the Mr. West did win.... you're pathetic...
Frank
6:27AM DEC 7TH 2013
Facts count, your fact-less, implied lies don't . . . what can't you understand about the statement "cheated by the counting of the votes" . . .

Pathetic . . .
bluedoginFL
11:47PM DEC 4TH 2013
Frank- Hateful much? The only lies we hear are those from Obama..."you can keep your doctor, your plan... yada yada" Who is the liar? The democrats, and when they are confronted, they lie again and twist the words around... the ends justify the means. Can't wait for a conservative run Senate in 2014. Maybe then something will get done....well, no, there is the Obama blockade. Harry Reid has done little to nothing... many bills sent to the Senate that he won't even allow a vote on... he is a cranky, wrinkly, corrupt, insider-trading hack.
Frank
6:32AM DEC 7TH 2013
Wait all you want . . . wait until the twelfth of NeverNeverLand . . . enjoy your frustration . . . but please seek help for it . . . you know, you're now guaranteed that those mental health conditions will be covered, thanks to the Affordable Care Act . . . . even for those having a online Mad Hatter delusional breakdown . . .

Pathetic . . . .

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