Rep. West: I'm not running for Senate
August 22nd, 2011
04:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Rep. West: I'm not running for Senate

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida will run for re-election to the House in 2012, closing the door on a Senate bid, the tea party favorite announced in a statement Monday.

West said he considered launching a primary bid for the Republican Senate nomination to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in the next election, but ultimately decided he would be most effective as a member of the House.

"For the last two weeks, I have traveled the Congressional District and spoken clearly to the citizens what while we have made progress these last seven months, there is still so much to accomplish for our country," West said in a statement. "I believe the place where I can best effect the needed change is from the People's House – the House of Representatives."

The freshman representative won a tough election in 2010 with the backing of members of the tea party movement, becoming a national voice for the movement.

Former Sen. George LeMieux, former state Majority Leader Adam Hasner, businessman Craig Miller and retired Colonel Mike McCalister are among the candidates competing for the GOP Senate nomination in Florida.

- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Allen West • Bill Nelson • Florida • Senate
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Robita

    I hate to call him Uncle Tom, because he's more like Simon Legree. Little Eva is crys a little everytime West opens his mouth.

    August 22, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Dave

    Too bad. Would love for him to represent Florida as Senator.
    Regardless, Obama is gone and the Dems will lose more seats in the Senate as well.
    2012 can not come soon enough. It is like 1978 all over again when the idiot left was thinking Carter did a good job and had a clue on foreign policy.
    Carter part 2 is about to end!

    August 22, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    "I believe the place where I can best effect the needed change is from the People's House – the House of Representatives."
    The people will be better served if this masagonistic pig is not re-elected. West is part of the Motisa tribe. Mo – Tea- Sir?

    August 22, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |

    Quick Vote: Should Obama be allowed to go into exile?

    August 22, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. steve

    what a dolt

    August 22, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that he could win state wide. That is the greater issue. Did you really wants someone as disrespectful as West in the Senate? That is a minor issue for the Senate race. It would be nice to have more civility in the country.

    August 22, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. clear out the garbage

    We do need to clear out about 5 democrats in the senate. Unfortunately, the biggest numbsculls won't be coming up for reelection for a while: Reid, Boxer, Rangel...

    August 22, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    That's because he knows he has no chance of winning a state-wide election.

    August 22, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Good decision, West wouldn't win and Republicans want to shut him down, he's an embarrassment.

    August 22, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Viet.Vet

    He saw the hand writing on the wall. He will probually have a hard time getting re-elected to the House. Any challenger will have a treasure troves of gaffs and stupid things he have said and we must not forget him signing on to the Ryan debacle. This guy is a disgrace to all veterans!

    August 22, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. BeverlyNC

    Great – he is not a leader and a do-nothing. Hopefully the poor people he "represents" in Florida will make sure is no longer a member of Congress either come 2012. The less Republicans extremists in Congress the more common sense real solutions we can get accomplished for American's economy and jobs situation. NO MORE REPUBLICANS in 2012!

    August 22, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. a little sad


    "I smelled the coffee and know I'll be lucky to hold onto my own district, let alone win in the entire state."

    August 22, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Bill

    West will be another one-termer GOP congressman. Time to clean house folks.

    August 22, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Florida Joe

    Good thinking Allen
    In reality it would be a miracle if you were reelcted after your miserable performance the first year
    Let's hope the good folks in West Palm realize their mistake

    August 22, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes, you will be most effective in the House preparing your exit strategy: another GOP member with support crumbling like a sandcastle in a high tide.

    One and done.

    August 22, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    He would be most effective out of government altogether. Just think, he could sell books, make hate speeches, and increase his income like crazy - surprised that Bachmann hasn't already thought of it. Pays a lot more than the presidency, and they CAN'T be total dictators (as they want), so they should just quit altogether.

    August 22, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. President Obama has these Republicans on the run as if they were Gadhafi. LOL

    August 22, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Ed Texas

    There has got to be a Democrat out there to run against this guy. He is a manufactured politician. He takes his cues from
    a Karl Rove playbook. He has no original ideas about how to get votes so he does what has been tried and tested without concern for the working or middle class.

    August 22, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Who is going to attack without provocation now? He can become buddies with that other ill mannered teabagger from SC, wilson/

    August 22, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    West might have a better chance at destroying America if he is in the senate.

    August 22, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Gosh I wish he would have run

    Boy, I sure wish he would have run for senate. This guy is a true nutcase. Talk about engaging mouth before putting brain in gear. His politics are lousy but he sure makes for good comedy. He is another one term tea partier who we won't remember in 5 years.

    August 22, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Gene Brady

    All these black republicans are a joke. The republicans hate and dispise them and get caught saying so all the time. They are truly throwbacks to the slave days and are nothing more that "good house slaves" that think they are above the "field hands".

    August 22, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    More effective staying in Congress? Is he kidding? West is a just say NO to everything Tea Party hobbit.

    August 22, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. annie s

    Hopefully, the good people of Boca Raton will kick this guy to the curb next election. Republicans – the enemy of the people!

    August 22, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. thomas

    His brother should run , he has compassion and humility .

    Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida has a chump complex , his temper and rhetoric has no place in politics .

    August 22, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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