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Allen West: With voting, Florida 'continues to be a pain in our side as America'



NPR's recent interview with outgoing Rep. Allen West is worth a listen, as he sounds off on his election (blaming negative attacks while ignoring his own torrent of ads at rival Patrick Murphy) and how he'll miss liberals such as Dennis Kucinich. He also adds voice to criticism of Florida's election process.

"Right now, there are a lot of people that are losing trust and confidence in the electoral process in the United States of America," said West, who unsuccessfully raised questions about his own defeat. "If people start to believe that their vote is not being counted, then we don't have the consent of the governed and we have something that is far less than what this country was intended to be. And then, look, Florida needs a lot of help because it just continues to be a pain in our side as America - that Florida is consistently seen as having problems with its voting practices and procedures and processes.

As the interview wrapped up, West observed to host Michel Martin:  "And always remember, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too."

What's next for West? The speculation in Washington and back in Florida is that he could pursue a careers as a conservative talking head while he waits out the next political opportunity. He has a large national following that made him a fundraising powerhouse. 



[Last modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 5:57pm]


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