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Allen West strays from tea party and pays price



west.jpgRep. Allen West not only supported the debt ceiling deal, he actively tried to get others on board. Tea party and other supporters are incensed. Some are talking about recruiting a candidate to run against him in the Republican primary. Many others are posting comments on his Facebook page.

"I feel like Col. West stole from me," wrote Tony Wiley of Cape Coral. "I donated to his campaign, even though I'm not in his district. He then turns around and votes 180 degrees from what the people who got him elected want. Can I get a refund?"

Tonight, West could face the heat when he speaks before the Palm Beach County Tea Party. The Sun-Sentinel has a story on his troubles.

West never said the deal was perfect, but pitched it as the best that could be achieved. Plenty of Florida Republicans agreed including Reps. Sandy Adams; Gus Bilirakis; Vern Buchanan; Ander Crenshaw; Mario Diaz-Balart; John Mica; Jeff Miller; Rich Nugent; David Rivera; Tom Rooney; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Daniel Webster; and C. W. Bill Young.

West spoke recently to Laura Ingraham, who said she would campaign for him if he does face a primary. "One minute they're saying I'm their tea party hero and what, three or four days later I'm a tea party defector?" West said. "That kind of schizophrenia, I'm not going to get involved in it." (audio below)

[Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2011 1:53pm]


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