by Javier Manjarres
Earlier this year, I put forth a possible scenario that I believed made complete political sense and yet caused quite a stir- I speculated that it would make sense if Congressman Allen West were to for the U.S. Senate seat that Democrat Bill Nelson currently holds. At the time, many close to the West camp became upset with the posting of the story, and it caused some backlash because some felt that the suggestion was premature and distracted from the job the newly elected congressman from Florida’s 22th Congressional District was undertaking. Because of the speculation the article generated, West himself stated that he would not run for the Senate seat and reiterated that he would run for reelection.
After the story was posted, scores of pro-West supporters from around the country chimed in on the fact that a U.S. Senate run would be more realistic and made more sense than the buzz already going around about a West presidential run in 2012. Now, the speculation has been revived after Congressman West stated on a West Palm Beach newscast that the door to a U.S. Senate run is “cracked very slightly.”
Here’s an excerpt from the post on March, 15 2011:
“While the talk has been about Congressman West’s potential Presidential run, I’ll go out on a limb here and state a very winnable race for West would be the 2012 U.S. Senate race in Florida. At the moment, Senator Bill Nelson continues to be the ’compromised Senator’ because of his pretty consistent support for President Barack Obama and his failed policies. While the Republican field has both strong prospective and announced candidates- Mike Haridopolos, Senator George LeMieux and Adam Hasner, an Allen West U.S.Senate candidacy would surely be the death blow to these campaigns.
Why? West has already proven that he is able to raise the millions needed to win a congressional race, and he could easily do so in a statewide race. Congressman West’s name ID is increasing everyday across the country through plenty of earned media appearances and memorable Youtube ‘performances’. Like Senator Marco Rubio, West has the ‘Tea Party’ and the base of the Republican party already sewn up- in addition to his burgeoning national support. If West were to jump in the Senate race either late this year or early next year, his national exposure would guarantee huge donations from Floridians and from Americans from across the country.
Factor in West’s motivational and inspirational speaking ability, an ability that in my opinion that is indeed “Reagan-like” with a little ‘cadence’, put him in car driving across the state, and you will see a repeat of the 2010 U.S. Senate race- Nelson would not stand a chance.”-(Allen West for U.S. Senate in 2012?)
The idea of a Rubio-West one-two punch in the U.S. Senate is the Democrat Party’s worst nightmare. Florida is already considered to be the”ground zero” of the 2012 general election, and by adding a West senate run into the mix, we will witness the battle of all political battles here in the Sunshine State. This scenerio would also bring to the forefront the 20th Congressional District race between DNC Chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) and business woman Karen Harrington (R). Wasserman Schultz was picked by President Obama to help deliver Florida in 2012, but now it seems she will have to defend her Congressional seat, as a considerable Harrington buzz has spurred up, and will only continue to grow as the election gets closer- this will be a race to watch.