What do you do when you are a radical Tea Party Representative known for inflammatory, offensive and sexist comments and your tea party backers are starting to turn on you?
Why, you run for a statewide office, of course!
Florida Rep. Allen West is mulling a senate run, hoping to oust Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. According to The Fix, West says he is “cracking the door open” on a run for higher office. “I cracked it open enough so that people can slip a note under the door and I can read the note and I can write back on the note ‘probably not’ and send it back out under the door.”
The “probably not” makes sense in a presidential year. Although Republicans swept the state during the 2010 elections, many of the state’s residents have expressed huge buyers remorse over their election of Governor Rick Scott and many of the state legislators they put into office. The 2012 election, with Obama at the top of the ticket, could potentially be a “correction” election for the state.
Still, West is in a fairly liberal district for a Republican, and unless Republican redistricting can prop him up, he may be vulnerable in his own reelection campaign. Perhaps a statewide run might actually provide a better opportunity. If he stops trying to end Medicare, of course.
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