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Representative West seems to have a difficult time with people; along with the majority of the GOP, officials and constituency.
Mr. West's Republican challenger in the primary, Bob Crowder, has endorsed Democrat Patrick Murphy. And Mr. Crowder issued a brief denunciation of Mr. West and the Republican Party at large. It is both fierce and excellent.
“As a Republican for over 30 years, I'm embarrassed by the radical fringe that has taken over the party. Sadly, Allen West is their poster child, and the hateful, divisive comments he's made throughout this campaign make it clear to me he’s the wrong choice for our district,” Crowder said in a statement.
Crowder, who is the Martin County Sheriff, said he is backing Murphy because "he has the right temperament and respect for others -- including people he doesn't agree with." Crowder said Murphy can work with both parties and will be a congressman that Florida's 18th District can be proud of, "unlike his opponent."
Crowder has been mum on the West-Murphy race until now. But his wife, Debbie Crowder, endorsed Murphy earlier this month. She cited the fact that West wouldn't shake her husband's hand at a local GOP meeting as one of the reasons behind her Murphy endorsement.
Right the f**k on Bob.
All things of a pattern.
We are witnessing a pattern play itself out.
They've frightened themselves. Like a moment-of-clarity for an alcoholic, or that fantasic scene of breakthrough, then tears at the end of Good Will Hunting, they're realizing that they have been hurting others and themselves. They're realizing they need to change.
God I hope that's true; but in the meantime, regardless, we mustn't relent. The crazy still pollutes our government. The clean-up is going to take a lot of work.
And Allen West really needs to get the boot. The man is no good for Florida, no good for the United States Senate, no good for the mayor's office. As Mr. Murphy puts it
When you call your collegues "vile," "Communists," ... When you tell them they're "a threat to the gene pool" and they should "get the hell out of the United States"... you poison the environment necessary for progress.
You can help oust Allen West by contributing to Patrick Murphy here at Actblue.