Allen West is continuing his uphill battle to defend his Congressional seat from Democratic challenger and presumed election winner, liberal Patrick Murphy. West and his legal team are calling the partial recount from St. Lucie County a “sham” and they are demanding a full recount of all votes cast in the county. When the initial results were announced, Murphy was ahead by about 2400 votes, but his lead was eroded to about 2000 votes after the partial recount.
Several interesting new developments have occurred in the fight for the former Army Colonel’s important seat in the House Of Representatives. West’s campaign manager, Tim Edson, chastised Murphy for attending new Congressional members’ events in Washington despite the continuing dispute over the results. Edson expressed his displeasure with Patrick Murphy:
“I think it is premature of him. I understand he would like to move on and wrap this up, but for someone who claims to be certified public accountant, you would expect him to be a little more concerned about the shifting numbers and the inaccuracies of these numbers.”
Allegations have been made that Fieldworks, a much criticized voter registration group that is an offshoot of the now defunct Acorn, funneled money to the campaign of Patrick Murphy. According to the conservative website, ClashDaily:
“The progressive left has made no secret of their hatred for Congressman Allen West. It will be months until we fully understand the national coordination and vast resources that were brought to Florida in an attempt to defeat him at all costs. One group that shifted resources to his district is Fieldworks. Most notably Fieldworks has extensive Voter Registration and “Get Out The Vote” contracts with almost every major progressive left organization in America.”
The ClashDaily article features an interview video with a Fieldworks staffer who admits to sending money raised for candidates in Colorado to the West Palm Beach area to defeat Congressman West. He refers to West as a “Teabagger” and says, “So they are dumping mass money on that from a lot of different groups and that’s why our money got taken and sent over there because they want that guy (West) out.” The video is raw footage from an American Phoenix Foundation investigation into the activities of Fieldworks.
As soon as West announced his intentions to dispute the election, Revive America started a fund raising campaign to finance West’s legal maneuvering. Before the election the organization created “The Allen West Truth Squad” and raised money to enable ‘Conservatives across America… to rise up and help correct the record about this great American hero.” Now the funds will go to pay West’s legal bills in his recount battle.
In an email sent to potential donors, Revive America made serious allegations of misconduct and voter fraud in St. Lucie County:
Dear Fellow American,
Allen West just won’t quit! And the Democrats and the liberal media can’t believe it.
The fact is we’re going to need Allen West’s leadership on point to fight Obama in Congress.
Over the weekend, the Democrat-run St. Lucie County election board thought they’d under-cut Allen West with a “sham” partial recount at the crack of dawn. Late Saturday night, the election board called a 7 AM Sunday morning “emergency meeting” to recount early voting ballots!
But here’s the red flag: The election board voted only to recount the ballots from three of the eight early voting days, Nov. 1 through 3. Allen West wants all ballots recounted, but he has specifically questioned the ballots from the early voting days of Oct. 27 through 29.
Even so, the results of this “sham” partial recount ought to send shock-waves from Florida to the U.S. Capitol.
Allen West lost 132 votes. Ultra-liberal Democrat Patrick Murphy lost 667 votes. Can you only imagine the results of a full and fair recount? The Democrats sure can.
This is exactly why the Democrats refuse to recount ballots from the five remaining early voting days.
This is an absolute outrage! Allen West deserves a FULL and FAIR recount now. The Florida Democrats are trying to steal this election.
Tentative winner Patrick Murphy is also getting ready to lawyer-up for a protracted round of legal wrangling with West. He sent this urgent warning to his supporters:
“When other campaigns have been faced with similar situations, they have been burdened with legal bills and lengthy and expensive fights that could go on for weeks — months even. We need urgent resources for our Victory Protection Fund to make sure we can protect this victory. We would not be asking for more funds if it was not so urgent.”
The fight is on and Congressman West and his supporters promise to see this through to the end; even if the battle is waged for weeks or months in one court after the other. It looks like another election is tainted by controversy in the never ending mess that is the Florida electoral process. No matter who is the eventual winner between Mr. West and Mr. Murphy, election reform must be the next order of business for the great state of Florida.