Your daily jolt: Allen West rejects move to Ga. — ‘I’m not an NFL free agent’

U.S. Rep. Allen West continues to hold out hope that he can prevail with a recount in his coastal Florida race. But the Republican firebrand has ruled out a return to Georgia should he need to restart his political career.

My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy caught West in a Capitol hallway on Wednesday, and asked him about the invitation from Georgia GOP chairman Sue Everhart, who noted West’s Atlanta roots and said she hoped they would lead West to replant his standard here.

West wasn’t interested. “No,” the former lieutenant colonel replied. “Look, let me tell you something. I have moved my wife around for 20-some-odd years, being in the military, and she was also the daughter of a career military guy. When I retired, she chose Florida. That’s where my daughter’s in school, in college, my youngest daughter’s in high school. That’s our home. It’s a very nice thing, but I’m not an NFL free agent.”

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Johnny Isakson took to the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, shortly after President Barack Obama’s first post-election conference, and noted that the White House had refused to draw a line in the sand when it came to how federal revenues ought to be raised in order to attack a $16 trillion deficit.

Couple that with House Speaker John Boehner’s willingness to talk increased revenue, and it’s time to deal, Isakson said. Here’s his 10-minute speech – it’s worth listening to:

Isakson even proffered his own idea for a solution. “Maybe the answer is means-tested deductions, which raises revenue without raising rates,” he said.

As for those who say jumping off the fiscal cliff in January wouldn’t be so bad: “I would, with all due respect, say that’s pretty stupid,” Isakson said.

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U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, who just renewed a two-year lease on his own job, declared Wednesday that Nancy Pelosi’s decision to remain as House minority leader is a “missed opportunity” for Democrats.

He still doesn’t intend to vote for her.

“If the last election has taught us anything, it’s that the voters do not want politics as usual,” Barrow told my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy. “They want us to find ways to work together and sometimes I think that involves finding new people — the leadership to take up the new issue of finding common ground and working together.”

Barrow supported North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler’s challenge to Pelosi two years ago, after the party was decimated in the 2010 elections. Shuler’s bid was easily quashed and Barrow ended up voting for Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta on the floor in protest. Barrow is not sure who he will vote for this time.

Rep. David Scott of Atlanta, meanwhile, applauded the decision.

“My whole point about Nancy is I think there is a greater value in the continuity of leadership at this time, whereas no matter who it was, if there was such a breakup and the leader goes, then you turn inward and you start having this other problem and it dissipates the focus that we have,” Scott said. “There’s such energy now. I think it’s a good thing and the American people agree with it. Leader Pelosi knows as well as I do and others that we’ve got to work together. We’ve got to avoid this cliff.”

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The GSU Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society on Wednesday hosted a panel that looked at the upcoming session of the Legislature, attended by three Democratic lawmakers from DeKalb County. Yours truly was the moderator.

State Sen. Emanuel Jones reported that the city of Dunwoody would seek its own school system.

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver predicted that a proposed “personhood” amendment to the state constitution, to give embryos full rights as human beings, might pass the Senate but would not make it to the House floor for a vote.

Sen. Jason Carter pointed to the vast uncertainty hanging over his chamber, where Republicans have yet to decide who will hold the positions of Senate president pro tem and majority leader. “We don’t even know who the rules chairman will be,” he said.

But the most popular figure at the hour-long session didn’t speak. He was Jason Carter’s cousin, James Earl Carter IV, who helped bring Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video to light. The man has even got groupies.

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We told you Wednesday that Marietta-based WellStar Health System had acquired one of the shattered remains of Newt Inc. It plans to reboot the bankrupt Center for Health Transformation.

But don’t think that this will help former House speaker Newt Gingrich address his think-tank’s multi-million dollar debt. According to my AJC colleague Scott Trubey, WellStar paid only $20,000 for what’s left of the concern that once was at the center of Gingrich’s empire.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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89 comments Add your comment

DJ Sniper

November 15th, 2012
10:24 am

Good. Keep Allen West’s crazy arse in Florida. We have enough right wing nutjobs here already.

Aquagirl

November 15th, 2012
10:34 am

U.S. Rep. John Barrow, R-Augusta

Is that tongue in cheek or a Freudian slip?

detritusUSA

November 15th, 2012
10:39 am

Mr West should move around to continue his political career. Congressman Paul Broun (Ga 10th district) moved around the state until he found enough ignorant voters to elect him, so it is a tried and true method.

jgalloway

November 15th, 2012
10:42 am

Aquagirl:

A mere typo, now fixed. Thanks for the catch.

NoMoreRawDeal

November 15th, 2012
10:45 am

It’s ok, Rep. West. You wouldn’t have been elected here anyway, just ask Herman Cain or Dylan Glenn, whom we rejected – Herman for Johnny Isakson (who has been mostly useless in the Senate); Dylan for Lynn Westmoreland (no college education but sure let’s put him on the House INTELLIGENCE committee to deal with foreign policy and intelligence matters, bloody brilliant). We have a solid track record in this state of rejecting highly qualified minority and female conservatives in favor of white guys, at least for the ‘big’ jobs…

Brian Hunt

November 15th, 2012
10:48 am

Please let Florida keep West. We have enough crazy nut job reps from the state of GA.

DJ Sniper

November 15th, 2012
10:57 am

I just read the comment by Mary Oliver. Are our elected officials going to waste more time and money with trying to get a personhood amendment added?

hop

November 15th, 2012
10:57 am

DJ ,remenber delta is ready when you are.

the next two years will clearly show the nut cases that voted for our socialist president ,who has no clue! as we become more suited to the european style of policies, that means very high unemployment rates of double diget % .

you can't fix stupid or Democrats

November 15th, 2012
11:04 am

Bring West here so I can vote for him.

clem

November 15th, 2012
11:04 am

which state has more dumarses per capita? ga or fl

Aquagirl

November 15th, 2012
11:08 am

A mere typo, now fixed.

Sure it was. Paging Dr. Freud, stat! :)

Alternate Universe

November 15th, 2012
11:11 am

We need Allen West. He could run against Paul Broun. May the looniest win!

RCB

November 15th, 2012
11:15 am

“Sen. Jason Carter pointed to the vast uncertainty hanging over his chamber…”—-that’s rich. Every citizen in this country has uncertainty hanging over them, subject to the whims of our politicians.

ideas

November 15th, 2012
11:21 am

Yes DJ Sniper and Brian Hunt, West should stay away from OUR OWN NUT JOBS….YOU TWO… Funny how liberal dems do not know how stupid and nut jobby they really are…

you can't fix stupid or Democrats

November 15th, 2012
11:27 am

Please all Democrats and liberals feel free to move to North with rest of the tree hugger. And take Jim with you please!

Pete

November 15th, 2012
11:35 am

Even West has sense enough not to move to a backward, nutty state like GA. The Personhood Amendment is a good example. It would outlaw abortion even to save a woman’s life and in the cases of rape and incest. It would also outlaw most forms of contraception. If that’s not backward, I don’t know what is!

Democrat Man

November 15th, 2012
11:36 am

Yes, the Democrats have great representatives like Rep. Hank Johnson that worries that Guam may tip over because we have too many Marines there.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20001567-503544.html

DJ Sniper

November 15th, 2012
11:52 am

Are people here still beating the socialist drum when it comes to Obama? That myth, along with several others, has been debunked several times, but since Fox News and Rush Limbaugh continue to repeat it, you neo-cons continue to believe it.

And if you want to talk about not having a clue, that would be the entire GOP, who continue to run off a list of excuses as to why Romney lost the election, but refuse to look at the main problem: Themselves.

Shine

November 15th, 2012
11:52 am

Cut deductions and raise the top rates. They lost. To the victors goes the spoils. if Romeny had won dont think for a minute they wouldnt go for what he campaigned on.

Kris

November 15th, 2012
11:58 am

I suppose this is to verify what most of us already know the GOP is a bunch of A$$hole slime balls.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour injected a new term Wednesday to describe the GOP’s introspection. . “Proctology exam. We need to look everywhere.”

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/14/barbour-gop-needs-a-proctology-

Pandora

November 15th, 2012
12:01 pm

Fresh Autumn

November 15th, 2012
12:05 pm

Actually, NO Isakson speech is worth the time to listen to. Move on.

Allen West clearly has some mental challenges and needs therapy. Medication or counseling of some type. Nonsensical and erratic outbursts in front of the media and the House floor, together with his denial over the clearly lost election in his district are evidence of his deranged condition.

RCB

November 15th, 2012
12:06 pm

Kris, why do you always have to be so vulgar?

RGB

November 15th, 2012
12:08 pm

We can all engage in a dream now and then, so wouldn’t it be great if West moved to Georgia and replaced John “The dogs and fire hoses are a chasin’ me down the street–again” Lewis.

Now that’s one to smile about!

Gerald

November 15th, 2012
12:12 pm

The Westmoreland-Glenn race showed that Georgia Republicans are not going to elect a black person to any position of any real importance. And the Deal-Handel race shows that it is going to be awhile before the GOP elects a female to anything of significance also, and the Collins-Zoller race reinforced it. So, Georgia is behind Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma and Mississippi in that regards. Doesn’t it make you proud …

yuzeyurbrane

November 15th, 2012
12:21 pm

Isakson has always been known to be an astute political bellweather. So his words speak well for the chance of compromise.

cc

November 15th, 2012
12:22 pm

I would welcome Congressman West to my congressional district. We have need of a good Congressman to represent us. Needless to say, he would not do well in the area of liberal Atlanta, but he would do well in many congressional districts in Georgia.

Robert Lee - Cogito ergo zoom

November 15th, 2012
12:23 pm

Yall keep right on claiming that Dems are stupid, lazy, etc, etc and we’ll go right ahead moving this country in the correct direction, slowly but surely. Just like any of the major direction changes this country has gone thru, it will be painful for some but will result in a better place for us all.

Gerald

November 15th, 2012
12:27 pm

cc:

Let me guess … your district is represented by a Democrat. The Georgia GOP is fine with nonwhites representing Democratic districts that the GOP would otherwise have no chance of winning. It is “their” districts as well as other easily winnable races that are off-limits to nonwhite candidates.

Gerald

November 15th, 2012
12:28 pm

Robert Lee:

In fairness, Democrats use the same demeaning invective to describe Republicans and their voters. Both sides need to stop it and start respecting each other’s views and contributions.

chrstal026

November 15th, 2012
12:28 pm

All the Democrats(DEMONS),thanks for down fall we are Headed for!Keep Abortion,Gays,and all the Welfare!!!!But when your Butts falls into the Pits of H__L ,then it will be too Late to Wake Up!

Robert Lee - Cogito ergo zoom

November 15th, 2012
12:35 pm

Thanks to chrstal026 for that wonderful input from the bible thumping section. Tell me this, if Jesus actually walked thru your door, would you shoot him or just beat his butt and tell him to cut his hair?

Toinuhfish

November 15th, 2012
12:38 pm

Hey I know some Dems and liberals who are smart and hard working. The issues are that most have only one view. Theirs. They preach tolerance but are some of the most intolerant people around. All I know is that a lot more people will be out of a job in the very near future, I just hope I’m not one of them…

Robert Lee - Cogito ergo zoom

November 15th, 2012
12:40 pm

Gerald, I don;t disagree with your statement. I may have voted for Obama but that does not mean I agree with everything he (or the Dem party) says and does.

Lewis Grizzard

November 15th, 2012
12:44 pm

West was drummed out of the military, and now the voters of Florida have done the same. He couldn’t follow orders in the military, and due to his refusal to admit defeat, he has failed once again to follow orders. Do you see a pattern here?? Please come to Georgia Mr. West. By the time you run again, it will be a blue state and you will have to “Go West” to Mississippi to get elected. They are 50th in education, so you will feel right at home.

Porkchopicus of Borg

November 15th, 2012
12:45 pm

Chrstal — “All the Democrats(DEMONS),thanks for down fall we are Headed for!Keep Abortion,Gays,and all the Welfare!!!!But when your Butts falls into the Pits of H__L ,then it will be too Late to Wake Up!”

Sorry, honey, I’m an atheist. We don’t have a hell. :)

RGB

November 15th, 2012
12:46 pm

Quote of the Day:

The African-American family survived 250 years
of slavery and 100 years of Jim Crow, but was
destroyed by 40 years of liberalism.

- Greg Richards, American Thinker columnist

The Winner and STILL the President ...

November 15th, 2012
12:48 pm

@hop and @chrstal026: If you speak as ignorantly and incorrectly as you type, it’s no wonder the GOP is roaring toward oblivion with Rhodes Scholars like you two in the passenger seats. So sad to see the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower reduced to the clown show it has become. Very sad.

South GA Food Taxer

November 15th, 2012
12:50 pm

I think ol’ “Bloody” Mary is wrong. The personhood amendment will go to the floor of the house.

cc

November 15th, 2012
12:53 pm

Gerald:

“Let me guess … your district is represented by a Democrat. The Georgia GOP is fine with nonwhites representing Democratic districts that the GOP would otherwise have no chance of winning. It is “their” districts as well as other easily winnable races that are off-limits to nonwhite candidates.”

Congratulations on your race card! You get no cigar because my district is represented by a black liberal dimocrat (but I repeat myself!). Black conservatives cannot be elected in voting districts where the majority of voters are black.

Now, take your race card and run along . . .

cc

November 15th, 2012
12:55 pm

RGB:

Good post, better quote and great site (American Thinker)!

Obamacare Beat Out Romneydidn'tcare,,,heeheehee

November 15th, 2012
1:00 pm

@RCB

November 15th, 2012
12:06 pm
Kris, why do you always have to be so vulgar?

@RGB

November 15th, 2012
12:08 pm
We can all engage in a dream now and then, so wouldn’t it be great if West moved to Georgia and replaced John “The dogs and fire hoses are a chasin’ me down the street–again” Lewis.

Now that’s one to smile about!

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VULGAR?

YOU are the pot calling the KETTLE BLACK.

I take ONE John Lewis OVER 100 of YOUR KIND.

You like batcrapcrazy Allen West cause he is A BOOT LICKER

and a WANNA BE.

I bet you A $1000 that “YOUR KIND” call batcrapcrazy Allen West

the “N” word BEHIND HIS BACK.

Gerald

November 15th, 2012
1:02 pm

RGB:

That’s not quite true. The black family was very wobbly long before the Great Society programs. The Great Society – along with other economic factors mind you – is just what tipped it over. Conservatives like to talk about the final nail – Great Society – while ignoring the 99 other ones that preceded it. Especially the fact that the Great Society programs were meant to solve conditions created by poverty and discrimination. Conservatives like to talk about the failed cure while ignoring the disease that the cure was supposed to treat. Talking about the Great Society programs while ignoring why the Great Society programs were needed in the first place won’t win you any political points. It is just echo chamber stuff that everybody else ignores because everybody else knows that the real issues were more complex than that. People outside the Fox News/talk radio bubble aren’t going to sit around and pretend that everything was fine and dandy until Hurricane Great Society came along and destroyed something that was strong, healthy and vibrant before then.

[...] Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday turned down an offer from Georgia’s Republican Party chairwoman, Sue Everhart, who earlier this week urged the [...]

Gerald

November 15th, 2012
1:04 pm

RGB:

But if you were to replace “black family” with “black family FARMS” and “liberalism” with “Department of Agriculture policies”, you’d be 100% right. Or at least 80% right, as the white family farms collapsed a few decades – if that long – after the black family farms did.

The Winner and STILL the President ...

November 15th, 2012
1:07 pm

@RGB: Yeah, keep believing that garbage. While we indeed have our problems, most of us are doing OK, thank you very much. I’ve got a college degree from one of the world’s top institutions of higher learning, Morehouse College (a Historically Black College and University! Gasp!), a decent job that allows us to live in a 4,000 square foot home (though we’re under water, we’re not behind on our mortgage, prise God!), a beautiful, smart, loving wife of 20 years who holds a Ph. D (the love of my life, the greatest gift God has blessed me to have), and three, healthy, intelligent, well-adjusted children — one in college.

And get this, there are a lot of US doing as well as I am and millions more doing even better. Keep believing what you read in American Thinker and the National Review, and what you see and hear on Fox News (by the way, that network’s “New Black Panther Party cam,” which they had stationed outside of a polling place was/is comedy GOLD!!! I laughed so hard I cried!). African American families like mine will continue to thrive … and go to the polls like we did Nov. 6 to decimate the Republican party until it decides to join the 21st century.

RGB

November 15th, 2012
1:07 pm

“I take ONE John Lewis OVER 100 of YOUR KIND.”

Already new that.

You folks WON!! YOU WON!!! You should be deliriously happy right now but rather your are uptight and vulgar. Why, pray tell? That’s right, I can say “pray”….

We have many more years of this to look forward to:

- Double traditional Unemployment
- Crushing debt that will greatly diminish social programs
- Declining social values (which means free contraceptives for everyone)
- Declining military coupled w/ greater threats to the U.S. (GREAT for the hate America first crowd!)

So why not just ENJOY the spoils you’ve attained since you’ve “worked” so hard for them.

Enjoy your success. You’ve earned it.

Gerald

November 15th, 2012
1:11 pm

cc:

You ignored my point. In Georgia, black conservatives can’t get elected where the majority of voters are white either. They can in Florida, South Carolina, Texas and everywhere else but Georgia. You would be just fine replacing Hank Johnson or John Lewis with Allen West. The problem is having Allen West represent a district that a white Republican can win. This isn’t unique to Georgia by the way. J.C. Watts ran into the same trouble. He was fine so long as he was winning a former Democratic district. But when Oklahoma lost that district due to reapportionment and Watts had to run in a conservative district, Watts was pushed aside so that the wife of the governor could run instead, even though Watts had more seniority than some of the GOPers that they protected. They asked Watts to run against another Democrat in another Democratic-leaning district but he declined. Years later, they went back to Watts and asked him to run for governor … against a Democratic incumbent. They had no interest in running Watts when it was an open seat because they thought that it would be an easy pickup for a white GOPer.

Black GOPers beating Democrats? That is fine for the GOP voters. Black GOPers beating white GOPers for safe seats? That is when GOP primary voters have trouble. It is a consistent pattern. The Tea Party – which is more colorblind than the GOP in general – did get Nikki Haley (from India) and Tim Scott (black) through GOP primaries against white challengers for safe seats in 2010 in South Carolina, but that is the exception, not the rule.

The Winner and STILL the President ...

November 15th, 2012
1:20 pm

@Gerald: Thanks for the update on J.C. Watts. I figured he had finally had enough of the “post-Southern Strategy (1964) Republicanism.” Time for sensible Republicans like him to take the party back from the dimwitted clowns who are currently in charge.

cc

November 15th, 2012
1:22 pm

Gerald@1:11 pm:

The short answer to you is simply this: I don’t care what color the candidate is, if the candidate’s views reflect my political beliefs he/she gets my vote. If there is more than one conservative candidate running, the candidate most closely reflecting my beliefs gets my vote. Period. End of story. Color is not an issue with me, conservatism is the sole deciding factor.