This is clearly a war between the Establishment and the Tea Party.
We saw it near the end of the 2008 election when Romney staffers targeted Sarah Palin. Even after the 2010 midterm success, which was directly attributed to the activism of the Tea Party, GOP establishment types and the Romney campaign were quoted in the press as wanting to put the brakes on a 2012 Palin run. The lie that Palin was "too polarizing" was clearly propaganda by the Romney machine, because Palin's appeal threatened Slick Willard.
Was it any surprise that Herman Cain had "anonymous" accusations of sexual harassment made against him, when he got frontrunner status? Then the mudslide of negativity on Newt.
Now, Tea Party favorite, Florida Congressman (and retired Lt. Col.) Allen West is being targeted by a Florida Romney representative and, obviously, the Country Club GOP establishment (Javier Manjarres at The Shark Tank, via Legal Insurrection).
Jacksonville,FL- After last night’s Republican Presidential debate, the candidates’ respective spinmeisters made their cases to the media as to why their guy won the debate. One of Governor Mitt Romney’s spokesmen was Florida Representative Will Weatherford, and during the course of his remarks in the “Spin Room”, he shed a very dim light on the ongoing redistricting process in the Florida Legislature. Over the past several weeks, many Republicans have voiced their disappointment towards the Republican legislature after the release of the preliminary redistricting maps. Much of the ire concerns the proposed boundaries of Congressman Allen West’s 22nd Congressional District that would be redrawn to include far more registered Democrats.
West’s congressional district inexplicably sheds the most out support as compared to all other incumbent Republican and Democrat Congressman. A few weeks back we quoted an unnamed legislator saying that, “Allen West was screwed”, a statement which was originally made about made five months before the proposed maps were made public, leading insiders to believe that the fix was in against Allen West. But in light of Weatherford’s comment, it is increasingly clear that this is a fait accompli.
According to Weatherford, those preliminary maps will not change- at the most, any additional changes would be minimal, and those changes would not make any appreciable difference from the preliminary maps. In addition, Weatherford stated that a deal was struck between him, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, and Senator Don Gaetz to finalize these maps and push them through as soon as possible. Weatherford also said that the proposed maps are in legal compliance with both the Voting Rights Act and Amendment 6.
So based on Weatherford’s comments, the 22nd Congressional District is now very much in play for the Democrat Party, and West is at an even larger disadvantage than he was previously- it will be a very difficult and expensive seat for Republicans to defend.
You can go to SaveAllenWest.com to help this patriot. What is happening to him is an outrage, and it shows the true colors of Romney allies and the GOP establishment. They think conservative Tea Party types are more of a threat than liberal Democrats.
This, as well as the negative avalanche against Newt, have cemented my resolve that if, God forbid, Mitt Romney manages to bully and buy his way to become the GOP nominee, he WILL NOT get my vote in November. If Obama wins re-election, so be it. I will concentrate my efforts on keeping the House and winning the Senate.
It is now no longer enough to run as a candidate. Tea Party activists and conservatives need to get into the party apparatus and keep the GOP a party of Reagan conservatism...one of bold colors, and not the pale pastels of the Rockefeller, Ford, Bush, Dole, and Romney liberalism.