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U.S. Representative Allen West (R-FL) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 12, 2011.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Allen West still trying to overturn this election.
Rep. Allen West's first hearing in his bid to undo the democratic process and overturn Patrick Murphy's win was rescheduled from yesterday afternoon to today. West, in his usual belligerent way, is refusing to accept his loss and is trying to intimidate election officials both in and out of court.
Shortly after the hearing was rescheduled, an attorney for Murphy filed court papers seeking to intervene in the court case. According to Murphy’s attorney, Gerald Richman, the court papers filed by West’s attorneys were riddled with errors, including failing to name a defendant and how West would be “irreparably” harmed if the ballots and machines were not impounded.

Ken Spillias, attorney for [Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan] Bucher, filed court papers saying West’s “invitation for judicial intervention in the middle of an election is nothing short of an invitation to chaos.”

Goal ThermometerChaos seems to be what West is trying to achieve. He's got his ex-cop and ex-military buddies from the Enforces motorcycle club he belongs to observing the counting of outstanding absentee and military ballots, which seems like a clear effort to bully elections officials.

It's possible that this judge laughs West out of court. But West will still keep pushing in the courts, and there's another pending hearing in St. Lucie County, where West also lost big but refuses to accept the losses. Which means that Patrick Murphy will still have big legal bills to protect his win. We can help.

Please chip in $3 to help Patrick Murphy fight this legal battle.

10:06 AM PT: This initial hearing didn't go well for West:

UPDATE: Judge denies Congressman Allen West's request for an injunction to impound voting machines and ballots in Palm Beach County.
Don't expect West to stop the fight in Palm Beach County with this decision. And don't forget that there's still a hearing pending in St. Lucie County. While it's a setback for West, he's not going to go away quietly. Or cheaply.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:34 AM PST.

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