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Allen West pulls out all the stops

By GOPUSA Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to hold onto his House seat, freshman Republican Rep. Allen West is making his opponent's bleary mug shot the focus of a blistering ad launched Friday.

On a single night in February, 2003, the ad notes, West was on an Army base in Texas, preparing to go to war. Then-college student Patrick Murphy, meanwhile, was being arrested outside a Miami-area nightclub after an alleged drunken brawl, the ad says.

"Two men, a country in crisis. You decide," says a narrator.

The ad from the Florida tea party star uses dramatic music and visuals of a scope's crosshairs to emulate a high-tech spy flick. Murphy's mug shot plays a prominent role in the spot.

Murphy's campaign responded by pointing out that West was reprimanded for his conduct in Iraq and that the Democrat was 19 years old at the time. West was 42 at the time of his reprimand.

"The only reason he escaped prosecution was that he cut a deal to retire," Murphy campaign manager Anthony Kusich said in a fundraising letter Friday.

West is one of the most fiery members of the 2010 freshman class that helped Republicans take control of the House. He's one of several first-termers struggling to defend their seats after a two-year session of gridlock and infighting that dropped Congress' approval ratings to record lows. Less than six weeks before Election Day, the GOP is expected to hold the House, but by a smaller margin.

West is a top Democratic target this year, in the party's drive to gain 25 seats and the House majority.

The release of the ad hints at the cutthroat nature of the race.

West won his seat in 2010 on his second go for the House, unseating Democratic Rep. Ron Klein in a competitive district. The race attracted President Barack Obama, who appeared on Klein's behalf, but it wasn't enough to spare the incumbent during a tough year for Democrats.

In 2012, conditions are tougher for West as he fights for a second term. Mapmakers in the once-per-decade redistricting process redrew West into a more Democratic district, and he opted to run for re-election in a different district to improve his prospects. But the new turf where West is squaring off with Murphy is winnable for both parties. Murphy, a CPA, has attempted to paint West as too extreme for Florida, and has gotten a hand in fundraising from President Bill Clinton.

Murphy's adviser, Eric Johnson, said it was ironic that West would bring up his own military record in an ad hitting Murphy on legal issues. West, a lieutenant colonel, was reprimanded by the military for allegedly firing a pistol next to an Iraqi's head as he attempted to extract information from the detainee. He was fined $5,000 but allowed to retire with full benefits.

The Murphy campaign sought to raise campaign money off the ad, pointing out that Murphy was 19 years old at the time of the arrest mentioned in West's ad. West, meanwhile, was in his 40s at the time of his reprimand.

Murphy got some backup from the House Majority PAC, a group backing Democratic House candidates across the country, which released an ad Friday that amounts to a greatest-hits reel of West's more controversial statements, including one earlier in 2012 in which he estimated that about 80 House Democrats are Communists. The political action committee said it is spending $1.5 million on Florida airwaves attacking West.

Although Democratic prospects for reclaiming the majority in the House this year seem dim, Florida is home to of many of the party's greatest opportunities to pick up seats. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent about $250,000 trying West to Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate.

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  1. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    September 29, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    If I lived in Florida I would vote for this man.

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  2. David BurnejkoComment by David Burnejko
    September 29, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Rep. Allen West did what he had to do at the time in order to get informaton out of a terrorist so that maybe he could save American soldiers lives.
    War is hell. You have to do what you have to do to survive and ultimitely win. A “la-t-da” like Murphy was probably singing Kumbaya in college while protesting against the war.
    Who would you vote for?

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  3. jimbo999Comment by jimbo999
    September 29, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    I wonder if Bill Clinton’s help for Murphy’s campaign included getting illegal campaign donations from foreign countries like China.

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    • RobertRComment by RobertR
      September 29, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

      Appears some of the socialist that cruise this site didn’t approve of your post. Truth hurts. How can a foreigner like Soros donate 1.5 million to Obama? Guess the laws mean nothing when you’re the King.

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    • stormymonday2Comment by stormymonday2
      September 30, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

      Obama, Clintons, Soros, Pelosi, Reid………..birds of a feather, flock together. Wonder which one of them is really running the White House? Maybe its Michelle?

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  4. sexysadieComment by sexysadie
    September 29, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Well, we can play the race card, too, can’t we? I say Murphy and his advisors are all racists because of their racist comments against West. Eh? They’re only criticizing West because he’s black. Racist, racist, racist! Call out the NAACP! Where’s Sharpton?? Where’s J-j-j-jesse?? Where’s the ACLU?? I guess it’s different when the shoe’s on the other foot!

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  5. JDZComment by JDZ
    September 29, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Allen West is a straight arrow national hero which the Democratic party of old would be proud to know and support, but we no longer have the patriotic Democratic party that believed in the Constitution and our culture based on individual freedom. We have a Democratic party that has been taken over by leftist radicals who are anti-capitalism, anti-religion, anti-national defense, clearly anti-patriotic, big government centric spenders who want our country to become a socialist country. They have become masters at using the poorest and needy in our country to gain voting advantages to further their anti-American socialist policies. They never deliver anything to these minority and low income that would help them rise above their status in life because they do not want them to move up in our cultural strata because then they may actually begin to see how they have been victims to the largest con game in our history.

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  6. Eagle OneComment by Eagle One
    September 29, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    NOW HEAR THIS: Allen West is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO!
    That is an unarguable fact. Live with it!
    If you don’t agree with that then shove it up your backside and light a match to it! I’d be glad to hold the match box…

    :) :) :) :)

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    • stormymonday2Comment by stormymonday2
      September 30, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

      Thats one of the problems with America today…….too many people shoving something up their backside………..and being condoned as A OK.

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    • stormymonday2Comment by stormymonday2
      September 30, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

      But a match might burn out some of the disease…………eeeeeeeeeww, did I say that? : )

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  7. bigjohn555Comment by bigjohn555
    September 30, 2012 @ 12:25 am

    WOW! The GOP really doesn’t like the TEA Party people. Half way through this article, I went back to the top to see if it was from HuffPo.

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    • teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
      October 1, 2012 @ 5:34 am

      Not sure if you’re being sarcastic or serious about the Tea Party, but AP and HuffPo are pretty close to the same ideologically.

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  9. PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
    September 30, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    LTC West intimidated a terrorist by holding a handgun to his head to get information that would save American lives. He got the information and lives were saved. I would support this American hero, even if he had to cut this savage Muslim’s ears off. Allen West for President!

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  10. stormymonday2Comment by stormymonday2
    September 30, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    Go Allen! Excellent ad.

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  11. stormymonday2Comment by stormymonday2
    September 30, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    We need more guys like Allen West to scare the hell out of the liberal Dems and get this country back in order. Truthful and gutsy – thats Allen.

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  12. JohnerebComment by Johnereb
    September 30, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    Typical demo response. He was only 19 years old. In any state I can think of, he was below age drinking. As an aside, there is no DEMOCRATIC Party. Now it is Demoncrat Party. That really riles the libs.

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  13. Joe CafferataComment by Joe Cafferata
    October 1, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    America needs more straight shooting, moral, honest people of integrity speaking out against everything that is currently wrong in America. Imagine if Congress and the Senate were populated by men and women like Alan West? What would we have; balanced budgets, strong military, honest debate, zero ethical violations and less and less fraud! Now if we can get Governor Romney to run some hard hitting ads against Obama and his campaign of lies we may finally shut the liberal smear machine down for long enough to get Mitt Romney elected. America needs directness in all that we debate.

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