Former U.S. Rep. Allen West backed fellow Republican Carlos Curbelo of Miami against Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia at an event in Washington D.C. on Monday, the Sunshine State News reported.
Curbelo's campaign has yet to trumpet the endorsement. But Democrats did it for him, emailing the news story to reporters.
"After Carlos Curbelo was caught on camera calling Medicare and Social Security a 'Ponzi scheme,' it's no surprise that Tea Party champion Allen West is backing his campaign," David Bergstein, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement. "This is just the latest example showing Curbelo puts his own political interests and the agenda of his Tea Party political allies like West over the values of South Florida families."
West was a firebrand congressman from Palm Beach Gardens before losing reelection in 2012. He now has a political action committee named Guardian Fund. It has endorsed 13 candidates, though only Curbelo in Florida.
"Col. Allen West served our country with integrity and honor," Curbelo communications director Wadi Gaitan said in a statement. "He understands that South Florida deserves better than Joe Garcia, a Congressman surrounded by scandal and corruption and who referred to Republicans as the Taliban on the House floor."