Your daily jolt: An invitation to Allen West from the Ga. GOP

Though he has yet to concede, U.S. Rep. Allen West, a former Army lieutenant colonel and Republican firebrand, narrowly lost his re-election bid last week.

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla./AP file

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla./AP file

So what’s in the cards for the coastal Florida congressman after his lame-duck duties are done? Sue Everhart, chairman of the Georgia Republican party, said Monday she would love it if West, an Atlanta native and Grady High School grad, returned to his roots.

“I would be glad to have him come back to Georgia and at some point run here,” Everhart told my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy during a discussion about diversity within the Republican party. “I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job. The way he ran his race didn’t in any way interfere with the job he did. He ran as a Republican, a conservative Republican.”

Everhart called the one-term West “one of the finest congressmen this country’s ever had.”

Returns show that West’s Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, edged out the incumbent with a winning margin of less than 1 percent.

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In a bid to shore up tea party support within Congress, Washington-based FreedomWorks on Monday endorsed U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, as chairman of the U.S. House Republican conference – the No. 4-ranking position in the chamber.

The tea party organization also backed U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, as chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

“It’s imperative that Republicans in Congress pick leaders like Tom Price with a demonstrated commitment to conservative economic policies that encourage job creation and economic growth,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks. It’s notable that, while the organization cited Graves’ 91 percentile ranking on its legislative scorecard, no ranking was offered for Price.

House Republicans will vote on Wednesday.

Last week, Price offered up this video message to his fellow House Republicans. Many see the Georgia congressman underlining a difference between him and Speaker John Boehner – continued opposition to Obamacare:

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The woman Republicans love to hate may be stepping down, the Washington Post reports this morning:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who built and then lost the largest Democratic majority in a generation, is considering ending her historic 10-year reign as Democratic leader after the second disappointing election in a row for her caucus.

… Some Democratic insiders expect her decision by Wednesday, after Congress returns to try to forge a deal to avert a massive set of automatic tax increases and spending cuts.

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Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Democrats are about to filch a Republican idea:

With both parties positioning for difficult negotiations to avert a fiscal crisis as Congress returns for its lame-duck session, Democrats are latching on to an idea floated by Mitt Romney to raise taxes on the rich through a hard cap on income tax deductions.

…The cap — never fully detailed by Mr. Romney — is similar to a longstanding proposal by Mr. Obama to limit income tax deductions to 28 percent, even for affluent households that pay a 35 percent rate. But a firm cap of around $35,000 would hit the affluent even harder than Mr. Obama’s proposal, which has previously gotten nowhere in Congress.

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After a big election, there is a tendency even among journalists to curl up into a fetal position and shut down. But the little things – life’s small gifts – keep you going. This, for instance:

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Seriously though...

November 13th, 2012
9:36 am

I would love for Allen West to return to the Atlanta area and specifically to DeKalb to run against Hank Johnson or even John Lewis so we could get a representative in Washington who could represent the entire district and bring back some common sense. Florida’s loss would definitely be our gain!

Filter

November 13th, 2012
9:40 am

Allen West is one of the finest congressmen this Country in the112 year history of the Congress? Really? And the GOP wonders why it is in decline.

Erica Long

November 13th, 2012
9:45 am

I would love for Allen West to come back home to the ATL and get crushed by John Lewis. That would be wonderful.

fatlip

November 13th, 2012
9:46 am

allen west is a scumbag and would never win in John Lewis’ district. Leave him in Florida with the rest of the voter fraud freaks. YUK!

Really?

November 13th, 2012
9:46 am

Like we don’t have enough crazy people.

RomeGaGuy

November 13th, 2012
9:53 am

Tom Price looks like Ned Flanders. I would love to hear him say “Oklie doklie” just once

Road Scholar

November 13th, 2012
10:09 am

“.. during a discussion about diversity within the Republican party. ”

Yeah, right! That fulfills diversity needs? Maybe he can run for President of those who want to succeed?

Georgia

November 13th, 2012
10:11 am

I love it when losing incumbents refuse to concede. I remember in kindergarten when the one little brat wouldn’t give up his dunce cap, after another kid acted even rowdier than him. It was a marvel of entertainment. Ah. The past. The present. The future. Our fellow man never disappoints.

Newt is nuts

November 13th, 2012
10:13 am

Jim, I thought Everhart had some sense. Did you personally hear her say that? Does she have a drinking problem?

GaBlue

November 13th, 2012
10:22 am

Dear Georgia GOP:

Don’t change a thing. **sigh** Just keep being you!

Scooby

November 13th, 2012
10:22 am

Liberal hate is on full display in these comments. Talk about racists…you need look no further. You all are racist haters.

Allen West Is Batcrapcrazy

November 13th, 2012
10:23 am

“one of the finest congressmen this country’s ever had?”

Oh yeah..

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in THE GOP, it is the rule.”

Georgia Republicans courting Allen West

November 13th, 2012
10:34 am

[...] back to Georgia and at some point run here,” Georgia Republican Party chairwoman Sue Everhart told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job. The way he ran his [...]

Shine

November 13th, 2012
10:39 am

West is a loudmouth kook. Please come to Ga and by doing so you can help throw the kook republicans here out of power.

Don't Tread

November 13th, 2012
10:42 am

We need more Allen Wests and less Nancy Pelosis.

In other news, Obama supporters are “occupying” street corners and holding signs. (It’s also a good career choice.)

Shar

November 13th, 2012
10:42 am

It’s a sad reflection on diversity in Georgia’s Republican party that its chair is reduced to beckoning to another state’s repudiated representative in order to increase the party’s minority ranks. Shouldn’t Ms. Everhart be concentrating on making state policies more appealing to Georgians of color instead?

DJ Sniper

November 13th, 2012
10:43 am

Scooby, please show me where anybody has made any racial comments. People don’t like Allen West because of his skin color; they don’t like him because he’s bats**t insane.

Lib in Cobb

November 13th, 2012
10:55 am

Don’t we have enough “soft in the head” pols in GA, now it has been suggested that West move here. Why doesn’t Everhardt just open up the doors of the local mental hospital and as the patients are running away pick one? It is very possible that Everhardt is in need of medication.

West stated that there were 80 communists in Congress. Yup! Weeeeeeeeee! Perfect for GA just “effing” perfect.

A Floridian

November 13th, 2012
11:09 am

Dear Georgia,

Please. Take him. Now.

Signed,

A Floridian

jd

November 13th, 2012
11:23 am

Wow, Paul Broun and Alan West on the same team! We will replace Mississippi soon at the bottom of the heap!

Ronald321

November 13th, 2012
11:30 am

I’m a Floridian, a Soldier (active duty officer) and African American, and from the bottom of my heart all I have to say is

“IF YOU WANT HIM, HE’S YOURS, I’LL EVEN HELP HIM PACK”

In Virginia

November 13th, 2012
11:31 am

I’m african american, usually vote democrat, but I’m from Lynchburg VA, Jerry Falwell’s city (which they are trying to change to Liberty by the way the same as the school) but I would like to see more minorities and not just specifically “Hispanics” from the GOP.. they never try to speak to the african american community & therefore, we don’t vote for them. I’m not saying they are all racists, but without having or trying to include diversity and inclusive rhetoric, it surely makes it SEEM like they don’t want us involved! (BTW human nature was created in africa, most humans have african roots, even white people- stop going against your God given history)

Kris

November 13th, 2012
11:37 am

Georgia has enough scumbag GOP (repukes) is it really necessary to import more of them? This is not football trading players…Speaking of football when is GA going to get a real team? It would be a DIRTY (deal) to have a new 1 billion $$$ stadium and no team to play in it…

[...] Next stop for West if the recount doesn’t go his way: Georgia? [...]

Two-Tiered

November 13th, 2012
11:41 am

Ronald321: If you will swear to not accompany him to GA, we will think about it. As an african soldier, do you really want to lose him?
CSH

Hey, Hold My Beer...

November 13th, 2012
11:44 am

Don’t Tread 10:42 am

… In other news, Obama supporters are “occupying” street corners and holding signs. (It’s also a good career choice.)

Your article doesn’t mention Obama. It doesn’t mention “Occupy” anything. However, the idiot woman is black. So, your words for today are: “Bigot” and “dog whistle.”

intowner

November 13th, 2012
11:49 am

Of all the states that voted Republican for prez, Ga was the second LEAST “red” after North Carolina… 8% -?
I’d love to see Allen West return to a reunion at Grady HS. I’d soooooooooooooo pay money; it’d be a wonderful fund raiser… Last poll at the school found 2% of the student body self-identifying as Republican.
That 8% margin may continue to narrow… esp if more folks keep moving here from Calif for the movie and tech industries…

chris

November 13th, 2012
11:58 am

delusion at highest level, keep courting the nuts and enjoy your dream bubbles, which are crushed every 4 years.

[...] be glad to have him come back to Georgia and at some point run here,” state party chief Sue Evarhart said of West, who was born and came of age in Atlanta, in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

Pete

November 13th, 2012
12:09 pm

This is exactly what’s wrong with the Republican Party and why they’ll never be a national party as long as they think like this. West is an extreme right wing, divisive candidate which is the last thing the GOP needs right now. Ga is already fast surpassing Mississippi as the least progressive, most radical, stupidest, most backward state in the country. I agree with jd, if we had both Paul Broun and Alan West, we would be even more of a laughingstock than we already are. And, Scooby, people don’t dislike West because he’s black, it’s because he’s crazy, and the GOP has more than its share of crazies right now.

Kris

November 13th, 2012
12:15 pm

U.S. Rep. Allen West’s refusal to concede defeat means that he will be ousted from Congress as he was ousted from the military – in disgrace.

Fueled by outside, dark money, Rep. West ran an ugly, negative campaign bereft of ideas of how to better serve the needs of the 18th Congressional district. Thankfully, this man’s stain will eventually wear off Florida, but the remaining disturbing issue is what’s wrong with the minority of Republican voters who support Rep. West’s brand of politics. Are they simply low-information voters who reflexively vote for any Republican, or, more worrisome, are they perversely motivated by his hateful message?
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/opinion/letters-west-heading-for-disgraceful-exit-from-con/nS4q3/

I see the GA GOP slime want his dark money he might bring with him…….

[...] have [West] come back to Georgia and at some point run here,” Georgia GOP chairwoman Sue Everhart told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job. The way he ran his race didn’t [...]

aloha1

November 13th, 2012
12:22 pm

Allen west rocks! Im a minority from a beautiful ethnic race, brown pride that is… Also, am very much republican and proud of it as well. And though I strongly agree that we definitely need more repubs minorities in the house.

aloha1

November 13th, 2012
12:49 pm

Wow! Im disgusted to read all the hateful views on AWest here….. Here we have a 1st black man whos definitely not Dem/lib, yet he gets bashed because his political views are not aligned with yours? Good grief! Can anyone express or have their “views” to freely speakout when they feel it is necessary? Like anany other politician theyre allowed that freedom to speak/call out things that are deemed necessary. However form or fashion, getting their point across. Allen West is a voice for people like me. And thats what makes him a proven leader because he tells for what it is….. Individuality is keen, it makes you stick out greater than the rest of the “collective borg”…… Stick that in your pipe and smoke it*

Sherry

November 13th, 2012
1:07 pm

I’d too love to see him run here, absolutely, but the bigger question is did he actually lose? The recount in PSL of the last three days of the early votes “found” approx. 800 more votes for West, and approx. 200 less for Murphy. They were supposed to count ALL the early votes, but Walker, a Democrat, switched it on the day, has hired a lawyer, and isn’t answering anyone’s questions on the matter, not the press, not the public, not the candidate or his people. Something is rotten, and it’s closer than Denmark.

Auntie Christ

November 13th, 2012
1:07 pm

I don’t know the origin of this parable, it may be an Aesop fable, I don’t know, but it so perfectly epitomizes today’s republican party and it’s adherents. And, having watched mitt romney change from a reasonable, intelligent, moderate man of progressive ideals into a “severe conservative,” we might think of him as the king mentioned in the parable;

There was once long ago a peaceful kingdom ruled by a wise sovereign. A very bad witch however hated the good people of the kingdom. She devised a potion that would make a person crazy when they drank it, and one night she poisoned the well from which everyone in the kingdom drew their water. Throughout the coming week, one by one everyone in the kingdom drank from the well, everyone except the king. Finally after a week, the king went to the well and drank, thus partaking of the witch’s potion that all the others had previously taken. That night, there was much rejoicing in the kingdom, when it was reported that the king had finally regained his senses.

jconservative

November 13th, 2012
1:10 pm

Why on earth would Everhart want West to run for office in Georgia? He went to Washington to get rid of deficits and his Republican House approved two years of deficit spending totaling $2 trillion.

Shar

November 13th, 2012
1:15 pm

Aloha, he also was forced to resign from the military after permitting his subordinates to beat a detainee, while he discharged his firearm into the dirt by the man’s head. He also made a name for himself by denigrating Muslims and by lumping supporters of the President with racist insults. He also made himself out to be something of a kook by claiming that there are about 80 Communists in Congress.

By being confrontational and hyperbolic he alienated many Congressional colleagues, and by focusing exclusively on his far-right constituents he failed to represent the entirety of his district, which has shown their disapproval by voting him out after only one term (although he is disputing the election.)
His track record argues against holding him up as an effective leader or even as a responsible human being.

[...] an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week, Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia GOP, praised Atlanta native West as “one of the [...]

[...] an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week, Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia GOP, praised Atlanta native West as “one of the [...]

[...] an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week, Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia GOP, praised Atlanta native West as “one of the [...]

EJB

November 13th, 2012
1:21 pm

EJB

Allen West consistently let his “Mouth overload his Ass” every time he opened it! If he had any micro-specs of brain left; no, don’t concede that you LOST and LOST BIG TIME just merely drop off the face of this earth! Oh, I truly hope that he’s not raising any off-spring to damage their tender minds.

Auntie Christ

November 13th, 2012
1:22 pm

conservative
November 13th, 2012
1:10 pm

Why on earth would Everhart want West to run for office in Georgia?
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Because crazy people deserve representation in congress just like everyone else, and tom price, paul broun, lynn westmoreland, fill gingrey, and jack kigston cannot handle the ever increasing number of crazies Georgia is producing each year, in it’s effort to become the new mississippi.

Arcturus

November 13th, 2012
1:26 pm

I hope West takes the offer. It is people like him that will keep handing the elections over to us Democrats. I think the Georgia GOP ought to take a serious look at who their officers are if that is the kind of judgment and leadership they are providing.

[...] an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week, Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia GOP, praised Atlanta native West as “one of the [...]

EJB

November 13th, 2012
1:29 pm

Allen West consistently let his “Mouth overload his Ass” every time he opened it! Oh, I truly hope he’s not raising any off-spring to damage their tender little minds!

ottercliff

November 13th, 2012
1:56 pm

Allen West should move to Texas. So when the secede, he could be pres’dent, a modern Jefferson Davis.

[...] an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week, Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia GOP, praised Atlanta native West as “one of the [...]

DJ Sniper

November 13th, 2012
2:09 pm

Aloha, you are missing the point, along with a lot of other people. The fact that Allen West has different political views isn’t the issue. It’s that his views are filled with quite a bit of hate, empty rhetoric, and a good dose of flat out BS.

A Floridian

November 13th, 2012
2:14 pm

I’ll even up the ante.

I will gladly pay for a one year supply of pecan pies to any member of a district in Georgia that takes Allen West off our hands.

Or peaches.

Or sweet tea.

Or whatever.

Just take him.