By The Right Scoop


Looks like a pro-Romney spokesperson is leading the charge in making Allen West’s district much harder for him to hold (via Shark Tank, h/t Legal Insurrection):

After last night’s Republican Presidential debate, the candidates’ respective spinmeisters made their cases to the media as to why their guy won the debate. One of Governor Mitt Romney’s spokesmen was Florida Representative Will Weatherford, and during the course of his remarks in the “Spin Room”, he shed a very dim light on the ongoing redistricting process in the Florida Legislature.

West’s congressional district inexplicably sheds the most out support as compared to all other incumbent Republican and Democrat Congressman. A few weeks back we quoted an unnamed legislator saying that, “Allen West was screwed”, a statement which was originally made about made five months before the proposed maps were made public, leading insiders to believe that the fix was in against Allen West. But in light of Weatherford’s comment, it is increasingly clear that this is a fait accompli.

According to Weatherford, those preliminary maps will not change- at the most, any additional changes would be minimal, and those changes would not make any appreciable difference from the preliminary maps. In addition, Weatherford stated that a deal was struck between him, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, and Senator Don Gaetz to finalize these maps and push them through as soon as possible. Weatherford also said that the proposed maps are in legal compliance with both the Voting Rights Act and Amendment 6.

So based on Weatherford’s comments, the 22nd Congressional District is now very much in play for the Democrat Party, and West is at an even larger disadvantage than he was previously – it will be a very difficult and expensive seat for Republicans to defend.

Here is what the Washington Post wrote about this a few days ago:

Because the GOP has such a huge majority of seats in a swing state — 19 of 25, to be exact — shoring up all 19 of those members was a difficult task. And that means some Republicans see their districts get tougher under the new map.

Case in point are Reps. Tom Rooney and Allen West. Both of their South Florida districts got about four points more Democratic, which should make life significantly tougher for each of them. Rooney now has a more compact swing seat (the 18th) north of West Palm Beach, while West’s already Democratic-leaning 22nd district just south of Rooney’s became even more Democratic and will be tough for him to hold.

West has been a very outspoken tea party freshman and has raised huge money, but line-drawers don’t appear to have done him many favors. His district, as constructed, would have gone about 43 percent for the last two Republican presidential nominees.

Both men appear to have options, though. Rooney could run in the new 17th, which includes much of his current territory in the Everglades, while there has been some talk of West running across the state in Mack’s district. (Though West has shown no interest in this.)

Now I’m not saying Romney himself is behind this. That seems a bit absurd. It’s more likely that he’s made enemies in DC whose tentacles are reaching into the state legislatures to do their bidding. It seems pretty clear that there are some who definitely don’t like West’s level of Tea Party influence and that the long knives are out for him.

But something tells me they underestimate this man and they could be, in effect, pushing him onto a more national stage where his voice would be even larger. I’m just wondering what they would think if West were to become a VP candidate this year.

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  • Anonymous

    “… another door opens.” This will free Mr. West to seek a national position.

    SOD anyone?

    GB

    • Anonymous

      Ye’ll get my vote. We need more stand up guys like him

    • mike payton

      I’d prefer he stay in the House and become Speaker. Baring that, running mate to Newt or Santorum. (Only because it’s too late for him to run for the Big Seat.)

    • http://twitter.com/catsmile33 cl

      SEC of Defense

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715251609 Pete Gardner

        Or how about a new office just for West? Something like “Secretary of Planting the American Flag Right Up Militant Islam’s Ass”.

        And Militant Islam would have to smile and wave at the crowds as he did it.

    • Anonymous

      Secretary of Defense fit West very well indeed.

  • StNikao

    Shark Tank is an appropriate term for Florida Politics and politics in general…add a few piranha, crocodiles, eels and there you have it.

    • Kari George

      What ever happened to honorable men (& women, too) with too much decency and self respect to stoop to all this?

      • Anonymous

        Most of them died about 1830 AD, they were our founding fathers.

        • Kari George

          I know- and have known in my life, a number of men/ women whom I respect. :-) A couple of them are even Congressmen. They’re out there, but sadly, they rarely run for office or are widely known. I don’t know about most, but I would agree to many or an awful lot of them.

          • Anonymous

            Just another sad indicator of the awful times we live in where the ends(money) justifies the means(cheat). I don’t know if the country will ween itself off of this attitude but we have to try even if we have to twist or break arms and legs to get it done. This is why so many say we must get back serving the Lord. In my youth I just thought these people were attempting to force their fanatical views upon the rest of us but now as a mature adult I see I was in error. God Bless you and yours.

            • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

              And to you, warpmine. I’m really, really grateful for the people around me who have their act together. Sometimes it’s hard not to worry, but just Believe. We are never more Blessed than when we’re in trouble (any kind of danger).
              God Answers prayers.

      • Is_Sense_Common

        I believe the media has a hand in determining who is “honorable” and who is “not.” Many of us upstanding Conservative citizens go about our life just trying to follow the rules & stay out of the Gov’t’s line of fire. However, there’s not a single one of us who would look honorable after the LSM got done rewriting our personal history. Remember, the Left is looking for a savior (therefore no mere mortal would ever suffice) – the Right is looking for a representative, as we already have a Savior.

      • mike payton

        They were chased out of Washington decades ago. A few like West and Rubio and Rand Paul slip in, but they get no support from the GOP, who is increasingly in bed with old school Dems like Pelosi.

  • Anonymous

    West isn’t making any friends in DC is an understatement,He told Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Debbie Wasserman Schultz to “Get the Hell Out of America!”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/01/allen-west-obama-pelosi-reid-get-the-hell-out-of-the-united-states-of-america-video/

    • Anonymous

      Good for him. I can’t hardly understand what Debbie Wasserman Schultz says when she talks. Her tongue must be too big.

      • Anonymous

        Yes and her tail is often distracting.

        • Anonymous

          Without a doubt, she is not too easy on the eyes

      • mike payton

        her tongue is just trying to keep from laughing at all the crap her brain keeps trying to shovel out her mouth.

      • Anonymous

        She’s lucky to have such a big mouth to hold it.

    • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

      Did you not see that I posted that here last night?

      • Anonymous

        No sorry, I’ve been busy the past couple of days and just started looking around.

        Edit, Wow, I don’t know how I missed it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ajtelles Art Telles

      Rep. Allen West said…

      At the same Lincoln Day Dinner in West Palm Beach for the Palm Beach County GOP, at which Newt Gingrich also spoke, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) said –

      “We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, [audience boos] and my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee [Debbie S.], we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table.”

      “Take your message of equality of achievement,
      take your message of economic dependency,
      take your message of enslaving
      the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else.

      “You can take it to Europe,
      you can take it to the bottom of the sea,
      you can take it to the North Pole,
      but get the hell out of the United States of America.”

      After some cheers, West added,
      “Yeah I said ‘hell.’“

      – – – – – – – – – –

      Allen West is on the front line of the ideological war that our Republic is experiencing since candidate “uh uh uh” BHObama said “… we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” from an individualist constitutional republic to a collectivist commune.

      Art

      • Anonymous

        A Thousand and One ‘Likes’ and a standing ovation to Col Allen West!

  • Anonymous

    An enemy of my good friend is an enemy of mine.

    • Anonymous

      Oh Chubsy Ubsy, your gonna have something heavy on your nose

      • Anonymous

        That is so funny. I used to watch that show every day when I was a kid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.mahoney Robert Mahoney

    Give em hell West.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like the GOP establishment is mounting a counterrevolution against the Tea Party and West is their first target. If that proves to be true, there WILL be a new party forming in the near future and it will be the party of true conservatism. I get more disgusted with the GOP every day!

    • Gloria

      Romney will not get my vote,I am voting for someone else! Let the GOP establishment crash and burn. I hope and pray GOP has brokered convention.

      • Anonymous

        I will write in a great big NEWT

      • mike payton

        Mittens was never gonna get my vote anyway. As much as I don’t trust a guy that cheats on TWO wives and sits down with Nasty Pelosi and agrees on man-made global warming, I might have to hold my nose and vote for Newt. Hopefully Santorum will have surged enough by the time Ohio eventually gets it’s primary that he will be a viable candidate. Of the four left, he’s the only real option for me right now.

    • Anonymous

      This is why Romney MUST be brought down, if he is the nominee or not

      • Anonymous

        Willard is the most dispicable poor excuse for a candidate for president. He believes he deserves to be the nominee. Willard and the GOP establishment want to stop the TEA PARTY PATRIOTS so they will have control. This is a fight between the Tea Party and the DC establishment who are big government just like Willard. People it is time to stand up and not sit down and shut up.
        As for what is coming out about Allen West I think they are messing with the wrong person.

        • Anonymous

          who is willard???

          • Anonymous

            That is Romneys first name.

  • http://twitter.com/Winston80 Winston

    I don’t like Romney but I can’t trust Gingrich either.

    • Anonymous

      Are you able to vote in the US?

    • mike payton

      I’m in the same boat. The only person that i *REALLY* liked never got in the race. Where are you when we need you the most Sarah?

  • DCGere

    Allen West won’t go down without a fight. And that SCARES them…

    • Is_Sense_Common

      Anybody with a backbone scares them. They are wimpy, sniveling, conniving, SOB’s who will be taken down, one way or another. Either Tea Party Patriots will take over the GOP or they’ll take them down in a 3rd party. We’ve tried to work within their walls but the truth about them has been quite revealing; and sickening. If they’d only fight as hard against the Lib-Commies as they do against us.

      • Anonymous

        The Lib-Commies are no threat to them. Colonel West is. We are.

      • http://twitter.com/ozziecastillo Ozzie

        I agree up to the 3rd party thing. Remaining within and infiltrating the GOP is the only way. Conservatives are more likely to sap away Republican party votes running as a conservative Republican than in any third party…..we can’t win without reclaiming votes from disillusioned Republicans, and that is easier to do from the inside. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen so long as people aren’t faced with the option of going cold-turkey from the government.

        • Is_Sense_Common

          I agree with you Oz, 3rd party would be worst-case scenario and I’m not sure our Republic could withstand such a fracture.

        • Gloria

          Lets’ reclaim our party.

  • Anonymous

    “West’s congressional district inexplicably sheds the most out (sic) support as compared to all other incumbent Republican and Democrat Congressman. ”

    Inexplicably, my foot. Now I understand the fire in West’s speech to the Palm Beach Cty. Lincoln Day crowd. This is no mystery. The powers behind the throne (on both sides) are playing winner-take-all. The repukes (a reference to the repub party “leadership” only; not to the rank and file republicans) are so pathologically obsessed with retaining their power that they can’t see they are assisting the marxists in the imminent destruction of America. Or maybe they see it and they don’t even care. Either they get what they want or they destroy America out of spite. They may even feel justified and righteous about it.

    I keep getting these “official documents” marked ” Official Document. Do not destroy” from the repukes. “We want your opinion.” “Tell us what you think.” Like they care.

    After the last three years of their lukewarm-to-harshly-hostile treatment of the Tea Party, and capitulation to obama, and turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to their constituents, now all of a sudden I’m supposed to believe they’ve seen the light? They’re somehow pure? They love the country they’ve abandoned? They somehow care about my opinion after ignoring it for the last three years? All the emails, letters, phone calls, and personal pleas from genuine Right-wingers meant nothing, and now I’m supposed to ignore this backstabbing of West along with everything else, and just pretend that they’re being real when they try to make nice? Just give them this one election and they’ll be good to us?

    I know Scoop would block me forever if I responded appropriately, and besides I try not to talk like that. I’ll just say the repukes deserve all that the future will bring.

    For those who, like myself, are Christians, remember: “When you see all these things happening, lift up your heads! Your redemption draws near!” (Luke 21:28)

    The return of King Jesus always was our ultimate hope, and it’s just about the only hope we have left.

    • Anonymous

      They are “pathologically obsessed with retaining their power” and that explains most of what we see. There is but one party – of big government. They must create a small ruling class to preserve their power. They have never been this close. We have never be so awakened.

      They have sold their souls to the devil. You gotta serve somebody.

      • Anonymous

        “They have never been this close. We have never be so awakened.” Well said, sDee.

        “We have to keep learning, teaching, donating, fighting and voting.”

        Yes. Sigh. I just got into another debate with another socialist. It’s a reflex. I’m not doing it as much for his sake as for the sake of younger, less knowledgeable listeners whom he influences. I’m responding in writing to his writing, and it’s tiresome. But I can’t help myself. Ah well, it’s not really much effort for the country the Founders and the Founders’ God gave us. And for the memory of the Founders – imperfect humans, but with very high ideals. “To this endeavor we pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Rarely in human history has such nobility been seen. One wishes to be worthy of their sacrifice.

        I definitely serve somebody:

        “Lord Jehovah reigns in majesty;
        We will bow before His throne.
        We will worship Him in righteousness;
        We will worship Him alone!”

    • Anonymous

      Amen, Preach it brother! Well said and totally voicing my sentiments as well!
      Maranatha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Kawasaki/1798183858 Dave Kawasaki

    VP West? Yes, please and thank you. Re-Elect President Allen West 2020!

  • Anonymous

    Mr. West is a Patriot and deserve a higher position than just congressman!

  • Anonymous

    This is how the republican establishment is driving the Tea Party to form a third party. We don’t need this. A third party would be awful. It would drive the centrist party into the ambiguous middle, and push America closer to European style liberalism.

  • Philo Beddoe

    West preaches about the demunists ruining our country but votes for NDAA.

  • http://twitter.com/BecksInsanity Guy Who Talks Polytx

    I think it has to do with the fact that Florida had population changes since that last census, which was, after all, 10 years ago, and based on those changes, some of the districts have to be realigned. The Republicans obviously tried to make it the best for them, but the Democrats also fought to make it the best for them, and based on the two sides fighting and on the realities of the population, some districts got changed, but you can’t look at just one district. The fact is, the Republicans got the better of Florida in most of the districts.

    • Anonymous

      Wrong, I reside in West’s district. The fact of the matter is that we are being punished by the Florida Republican Party because we had the temerity to elect West.

      The Florida Bush thugs allowed a Democrat to enter the Republican ticket to primary West in 2010. Read this, ready. The Republican Party in Florida would rather lose to a Democrat than elect a conservative. Yes, you read that correctly.

      We are also being punished in Florida because we had the AUDACITY to elect Marco Rubio when they told us it was Charlie Crist’s turn. Because we had the NERVE to elect Rick Scott for governor.

      Yes, they are making an example of us in Florida because we went totally Tea Party in 2010. And now they are trying to feed us the bunk that Mittbama is ahead in the polls. Get real! Get in line with the Bushwackers or get run over is what they are telling us.

      Trouble is we ain’t buying what they are selling. We are loving this war for the heart and soul of the party. We are 75% of the base. It’s a war the Bushwackers can’t win.

      • Anonymous

        “The Republican Party in Florida would rather lose to a Democrat than elect a conservative.”

        Absolutely. This should not be a surprise. It is about the government not the people.

      • Anonymous

        I heard one of the local newstalk radio stations that a poll had Mittens ahead of Newt.

        Glad to hear from someone on the inside. Thx.

      • Anonymous

        Sock it to ‘em. You have my respect. What you report is the repub pattern all over this nation. The repukes (“leadership” reference; nothing to do with rank and file Republicans) need to get their noses bloodied but good – by the Tea Party, not by the dems.

    • Gloria

      WE lived in Florida for 15 years, it was different then, my husband who had just retired from the military can not find a job and he refused to work for DOD. DOD jobs are kind of shakey, you’re always worrying when defense budget comes up. We moved out of Florida and the best decision we ever made.

  • Anonymous

    Where a window is closed on you, a door opens.

  • Anonymous

    “We had rabbits when we needed tigers” -President Reagan

    Newt/West 2012!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775953507 Berend Lienemann

      West/Newt is more like it.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I know that Cain suspected the Romney people of smearing him. I think thats why he endorsed Newt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775953507 Berend Lienemann

    Colonel West is the type of guy who remains standing regardless of any attack. Every man/woman in Congress should only hope to be 1/2 the man Alan West is before they die.

  • Rob Bryant

    This doesn’t make the GOP look any better at all. Perceptions and everything:

    http://robertlbryant.com/index.php/2012/01/the-under-reported-conservative-black-forum/

    Sure hope we can get some more conservatives in office this time around.

  • Anonymous

    Who’s in charge of the redistricting of Florida?

  • Anonymous

    A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.

    Machiavelli

    • Anonymous

      Nice.

  • Anonymous

    I almost needed someone to talk me off of the ledge when I read this. But, surely West will seek other office, or heaven forbid if Romney wins, FL AG Pam Bondi plans to serve in some capacity, and Rick Scott could insert West there. Any other ideas where he could land?

    • Anonymous

      Romney would never let anyone with principle, integrity and character anywhere near his administration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doris-Fitch/619132600 Doris Fitch

    I read the comments and I wonder if the establishment repubs aren’t in cahoots with the UN Sustainable devlopment Agenda 21 plan being pursued by Obamas EPA? The reason being Bush 1 signed on first then Clinton so evidently both dems & reps are for it. Tea party are certainly are against it. Fully implemented the USA would be part of a one world communist gov & we lose our laws & freedom. This “thing” is about the environment, economy, & social justice. I worry also if Romney were to get in, I’m sure he would pursue it because Gina McCarthy worked for him when he was gov & now she works for Obama in the EPA. John Holdren was an advisor for Mitt & now is the science czar. No one calls it Agenda 21 but smart growth, sustainable development, wetlands, wildlands, rural council & many other terms.

  • TeaPartyforever2012

    If Romney wins the nomination I just might hold my nose and vote for BO so that we can get ready for 2016 because it will be even harder to get a real tea party conservative in if Romney the RINO gets in now. It will be like 16 straight years of far left policies. I can’t take it!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Rush has said this many times. One of the problems with sending any Tea Party candidates to congress was that all of the staffers there are NOT Tea Party types. The leadership is NOT Tea Party.

    It’s how they control the vote- if you don’t vote our way, you don’t get committee assignments, and oh, by the way, we’ll just redistrict you and get you out.

    This is of course insanely stupid. You’re going to cut your nose off despite your face, and assume you will have a large enough majority to stay in power. I don’t recall many stories about the Dems redistricting their own members….

    • Anonymous

      If a Congressional dem showed up demanding adherence to the Constitution, rule of law, limited government, balanced budget, and state sovereignty the Dems would redistrict ,exonerate, smear and even blackmail him/her into oblivion.

      We no longer have a representational government. We have a seditious cabal destroying our Constitutions and sovereignty. We should all flow money and time to Colonel West, a patriot with courage and conviction.

      This is why the government will never fix itself. A purge and massive throttling of funds is the only hope. Only we can do. It is not republican or democrat, it is freedom.

      • Anonymous

        In my mind, the reason Dimmie Wasserman Shlutz was appointed to DNC Stool was to challenge and stay in the face of Alan West. She has no other obvious qualifications for anything.

        These liberals are starting to scurry and the rat Willard Romneybama will feel right at home in the middle of the pack.

  • ApplePie101

    It would be better to write in a candidate you support.

  • Anonymous

    We all need Allen West….as POTUS OR VPOTUS. He is an American hero!

  • Anonymous

    We all need Allen West…as POTUS OR VPOTUS. He is an American hero!

  • Anonymous

    I believe the establishment Republicans want socialism. I don’t trust them. They act as though, the government belongs to them. Anyone but Obama/Anyone but Romney.

  • Anonymous

    The establishment GOP will destroy the Republican party, and go the way of the wigs. If they are successful at getting willard as the nominee and he looses to the Socialist, like Dolt and McCaint, before him. I think and hope the tea party goes its own way. The problem as we all know the USA will be lucky if it rates as high as a 3rd world country with another 4 years of 0b0. I am beginning to wonder if we can make it another 11 months.

  • Anonymous

    Guess West wasn’t Charlie Crist enough for the GOP. Bring him on as VP or in a cabinet position. Well, now that Dems like czars so much make him czar over the Congressional Black Caucus.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just wondering what they would think if West were to become a VP candidate this year.
    I think another Florida congressman with ties to Romney, Cuba, and the Bushes would be a little upset if Mr. West buoyed to the national stage via VP selection……..kind of like another TEA party conservative was buoyed without having to make political compromises in 2007.

    What a dream ticket…..Palin sweeps the Republican convention and picks the gasoline can carrier from the path through hell and says “how about throwing a little bit of that fuel on this fire I’m stoking?”

  • Anonymous

    Focus, Focus, FOCUS!!!
    It’s been said: The best revenge is to live well.
    DRAFT WEST FOR THE FLORIDA SENATE PRIMARY.
    We need real help in the Senate, which will give him a National Speaking Platform together with good people like Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Jim Demint, Mike Lee- and more.
    The point is to beat them at their own game. Can it be done?
    Think Marco Rubio and keep thinking WIN!!
    West for the U.S Senate from Florida!!
    Repeat 2010 – prove the point!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.masiwchuk David Scott Masiwchuk

    Establishment types don’t like it when Florida doesn’t follow the script they wrote for them.

  • Anonymous

    “Seem like a whole lottaa redistrictin’ ‘goin on ’round heah”

  • Anonymous

    Is this a case of Republican establishment elites eating their youngs while happily sharing the feeding with the democrats?

  • wodiej

    Florida needs to “go rogue” on the establishment!!

  • Anonymous

    I know what they would think, “Oh crap! What have we done?”

    Allen West is already talking like a presidential candidate and has been for quite a while. I can’t think of a better VP than Allen West. He’s a game-changer!

    And the sooner he and the Tea Party can clear these corrupt bastages out of office (repubican and demoncrat), the better off this nation will be. For this sort of activity to go on is simply inexcusable.

  • Anonymous

    Vote for Newt!!!

  • Gloria

    He can be Florida’s Senator and for sure Secretary of Defense.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s primary Boehner and Cantor! They obviously didn’t like West’s swipe at the GOP leadership in Congress.

  • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

    You have done well for yourself and your country in your first term Congressman West. Lieutenant Colonel Allen West step up and receive your promotion to Vice Presidential candidate.

    After eight years service as VP and another eight years as POTUS you can rest.

  • bobemakk

    Allen West is a great man, he should be running for president. I know he doesn’t want the job, but if the republican nominee picks him for the VP slot I pray he accepts.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EFVVN4ILMQ42UE3ZEKHNDTZ3J4 Jim F.

      Unfortunately Allen West is a fraud, he voted for NDAA and the release of the Pigford Funds.

      • Gloria

        I did my research when Allen West was running for the house of representatives. That’s how I respected this man. My husband who was an Iraq Veteran will take Allen West his CIC and will take bullets for him anytime if he has too. I will sleep tight and be at peace if Allen West is the CIC.

        • Anonymous

          This Marine agrees with you and your husband.

  • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

    If you think Congress Allen West is having redistricting problems you should take at look at your own Congressional District.

    I live in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District…soon to be District 2 or it might remain as District 8 depending which way the flatulence blows.

    Redistricting looks to balance a district to make it competitive for the Republican or Democratic candidates. In addition to the balanced approach districts are also realigned for a desired political party outcome.

    But wait! The Democratic, Republican and all other parties are NOT part of the government…they just run it. So why are State Governments redistricting in favor of any political party?

    There are nine congressional districts in Arizona and currently 3,138,327 register voters. http://www.azsos.gov/election/voterreg/Active_Voter_Count.pdf

    The number of registered voter and population for each of the nine districts varies from a high of 518,240 in Congressional 6 to a low of 203,359 in District 2. At a ratio of 1:2.55, District 2 clearly has the best Congressperson to voter and Congressperson to citizen ratios than any other county.

    By using Arizona Congressional District 2 as the baseline, all of the voters outside of AZCD2 have been granted diminished political power and representation.

    The main barrier to an equal political voice and vote in all of Arizona when choosing a Congressperson is that Congressional Districts are created based on actual real estate boundaries. Whereas, the voters [conservatives, liberals, independents, greens or greens] are fluid and reside in all parts in our state but still wish to be represented by a Congressperson who actually represents their political philosophy.

    So, if we can change this current plot of drawn land representation and replace it with a virtual representation of political philosophy our Representatives in Congress will begin to represent their constituents in the political area of Washington D.C.

    • Gloria

      Something wrong with this picture, that tell us that our GOP leaders are weak. Arizona and Florida have GOP governors.

      • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

        The Governor of Arizona is not in charge of redistricting. You will find this is also the case in other states too.

        • Gloria

          Can’t they influence the GOP state reps? Don’t they have the majority in both states?

          • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

            Redistricting, in Arizona, is done by an independent commission. In 2010 the voters took the responsibility and authority from the state legislature and authorized an independent commission to take charge of it.

            There may be some bugs we need to exterminate before this new systems works to our satisfaction.

            I believe that as long as we use real estate to limit our choice of representation it’s destined to fail. Congressional representation has always been based on population. Tying that representation to a patch of land is where — I believe — this representational system went wrong.

            Virtual redistricting seems the appropriate system to adopt in the Computer Age.

            • Gloria

              I live in TN and our governor just signed off the redistricting plan in favor of the republicans. Thanks for the info though.

              • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

                You’re welcome Gloria.

  • Anonymous

    How about the novel idea of running in the district you live in? My guess is that West won’t have to worry about re-election because he’ll be on the ticket as VP, but it sure would be nice to see him run against Debbie Wasserman Shultz, whose district he actually lives in.

  • Gloria

    Hold my nose voting democrat several times. My concience still bothers me, but it was the right thing to do. The Republican candidate was a nut.

  • Anonymous

    If GOP Estblishment wins, it won’t matter what post they give him, he’ll be silenced. Now or never Allen.

  • Anonymous

    When we in the Tea Party learn who in the Republican Party is responsible for trying to ruin Allen West’s chance of being re-elected, they will have to instantly become very liberal Democrats to remain in politics… otherwise they will be saying; “Welcome to McDonalds, may I take your order?”

  • Anonymous

    One more example of why I’m mad and getting madder. Here, in Cong. West, we have a WONDERFUL Representative and what do we do? We sabotage him. Not the Dems/Socialists. WE DO IT.

    This cannot lead anywhere good.

    Lew Pringle

  • Anonymous

    More GOP suicide attempts. I’ve never seen anything like it. How stinkin idiotic. It’s like shooting themselves in the foot is a badge of honor. Romney and Gingrich destroying each other and giving Obama all he needs to defeat them. Can someone tell the GOP that shooting yourselves in the foot will not get you a purple heart.

    Allen West…you are more than welcome to represent my district in Texas. No one would touch a hair on your head over here. Keep up the good fight my brother.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry. I’m not apologizing. I’m really sorry. Allen West has been turned already. I thought he was one of the good guys. I thought he was stronger. I’m really sorry.