Donald Trump and Conservatives Speaking at Allen West Event
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Businessman Donald Trump, libertarian media figure Greg Gutfeld and others will be reaching out to conservatives next month at an event at Palm Beach Island hosted by former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.
The Allen West Guardian Fund PAC announced this week that Gutfeld will be speaking at the “Allen West Black Tie Boot Camp” which will be held from March 22-23. Organizers say the event will focus on “strategies and tactics for conservative victory in 2014 and beyond.”
Other speakers already announced for the event include West himself, Florida Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, Louisiana Sen. Elbert Guillory and congressional hopeful Dan Bongino.
After losing to Patrick Murphy in 2012, West has left the door open to a political comeback. West, a favorite of the tea party movement, has expressed some interest in running for the U.S. Senate if U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., does not run for a second term in 2016. A recent trip to New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary, has led to some speculation that the former congressman could launch a presidential bid of his own.
West has shown no interest in running for office in 2014 though he has been active with his PAC. So far, West’s PAC has endorsed U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is running against U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, R-Ark., Utah congressional hopeful Mia Love and Bongino. West backed former Marines Gen. Mark Bircher’s unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination in the special election for the congressional seat opened after the death of longtime U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla.
The Allen West Guardian Fund was launched last year after West’s defeat. With 45,200 donors, West’s PAC raised $2.8 million last year and ended 2013 with $1.1 million on hand. West plans to back 11 more candidates in this election cycle.
“Elections have consequences – and we’re certainly seeing the effects of some serial bad decisions in this country,” West said at the end of last month. “The 2014 elections represent an opportunity for Americans to self-correct. The question I hope voters will ask themselves is, do we really want to continue on this path? The Allen West Guardian Fund is committed to electing strong, principled veteran and minority candidates who will preserve our constitutional foundation, limit the growth of government to promote individual prosperity, and ensure our national security.”
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