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Congressman Klein and West call each other 'radical'

"Radical" is turning out to be the dirty word in a bitter race between Democratic Congressman Ron Klein and his colorful rival, Republican Allen West, who tried to label each other as radicals this week.

West's campaign manager Josh Grodin fired back a response today to a campaign fundraising email sent by Klein.

"Our opponent's outrageous attempt at fundraising by attacking Lieutenant Colonel West is further proof that he is in full-blown panic mode," Grodin wrote.  "I’d suggest he stick to his traditional source of financial support – trial lawyers (at least $22,000), unions ($10,000 from SEIU, $30,000 from the Teamsters), Fannie & Freddie ($11,000), and even BP ($1,500).  

He can name call and whine, but he can't run away from his ultra-liberal – some would even say radical  – voting record, in which he has voted with his boss, Nancy Pelosi, 98% of the time. Ron Klein has clearly decided to take his campaign negative rather than face his constituents' frustration over his failure in stemming an unemployment rate of over 12% in South Florida, the third highest foreclosure rate in the nation, and a potential environmental disaster completely mishandled by the Federal Government. He is out of touch with the average Floridian and average American.”

West is making waves nationally as a blunt-talking black GOPer who has raised $2.06 million in a white-majority coastal Broward/Palm Beach district. That's more than the approximately $1.86 million Klein has raised this election cycle though the incumbent has more cash on hand -- $2.6 million than West who has $1.1 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Klein hasn't said much about his opponent so far. Some political observers expect that Klein is saving his ammunition for September and October, but he sent a strongly worded email to potential supporters Thursday criticizing West. In the email, he calls West "Palin-esque" -- a reference to Sarah Palin that West might embrace since she endorsed him.

"Make no mistake: my opponent isn't simply attempting to bring his radical and dangerous views to Congress - he's attempting to make himself a national figure and leader of the Republican party.

With the recent announcement that 2012 GOP Convention will be in Florida, the Washington Post suggested that Allen West could be a potential keynote speaker. The National Republican Congressional Committee is already supporting West, a self-declared "right-wing extremist."

This the same person who has said, "I hate big-tent. I hate inclusiveness. And I hate outreach." He has literally encouraged physical intimidation as a political tactic - saying this to supporters about me: "You've got to make the fellow scared to come out of his house."

Help us make sure that the only seat Allen West gets at the convention is in the audience."


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Don't Go West

Allen West is insane. He's an angry, violent man who does NOT represent everyone -- he only represents the radical right.

Don't let a crazy man become a congressman!



Here is a suggestion call the Allen West campaign and ask them what their position is on any myriad of issues. I did and you know what I got? Nothing, no Response. Does this Extreme right wing candidate think for one second that he would REPRESENT the majority of the electorate on ANY issue?
I called and emailed their campaign to ask what their position was on Don't Ask Don't Tell, and they ignored a District 22 resident because they would rather pander to the extreme Right Wing to garner $$$$. BTW he supports DADT.
This 20 year resident of Texas and and short term resident of Florida who calls Georgia his "Home State" raises a third of campaign contributions from Out Of State and in turn out of District.
Buying your election with national Right Wing Media Circus Attention.
Broward and Palm Beach residents deserve a candidate who is concerned with their issues rather than fanning racial, religious, and political discord to garner $$$ and Attention.
You cannot intimidate me WEST, YOU are a THUG, and I am Indignant and Emboldened.

Palm Beach Bella

NOWEST: You are nuts... OBVIOUSLY you haven't been to the MYRIAD (using your words) of events that Allen holds ALMOST DAILY traveling all over the district talking to folks of all different walks of life. Your ignorance in who this true American hero is almost sad. YOU are the one that is angry and you are behind someone who is up in DC on the big dole... Open your eyes man - and maybe think about getting some help. You are kinda a stalker...

Brother Maynard

Seth Platt! It must be nice being brought up by a lobbyist that shovels money and who knows what else to Ron Klein.

Good ol' George Platt. What would the country do without brave, principled men like him and the whorish politicians that actually respond to his antics?

Bill Bracken

Allen West represents South Floridians who find a $13 trillion debt unacceptable, who are outraged at the Obama administration's treatment of Israel, who want the federal government out of healthcare decisions that we make for ourselves, and who don't think that the Pelosi-Klein team is worthy of another two years in Washington. Ron Klein has cancelled in-person town hall meetings this year in favor of "tele-conferences" hiding from South Florida voters. Klein is already afraid to come out and face his constituents. Come January he will have something in common, however, with 12% of all Floridians. He'll be out of a job.


Allen West is a confessed war criminal. Deposed of his command for overseeing the torture and beating of an innocent civilian Iraqi Policeman in Iraq. Threatening to kill innocents in War or in Politics is repugnant just like Allen West's social, and economic platform.
The Continued divisive religious bigotry, racism, and discrimination against those who differ from West is despicable.
And there are those in this community who are unafraid to stand up to his political Bullying tactics.



Alan Bergstein

"Nowest" obviously does not KnowWest nor does he indicate he has ever HeardWest in person. To claim that Allen threatened to kill an innocent Iraqi policman, without looking into the matter, indicates that Nowest is shooting blanks. If Klein were to believe that West was as evil as his supporters claim, why not just face West in a debate and swing away? Because Klein does not want his blue lawyer's suit wrinkled in a tussle he'd surely lose with Col. West.
Alan Bergstein

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