Rep. Allen WestThe chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party made an open invitation Monday to Rep. Allen West, the tea party freshman from neighboring Florida who lost his bid for a second term by some 2,000 votes last week, to stage a congressional comeback from the Peach State.

“I would be glad to have him come back to Georgia and at some point run here,” state party chief Sue Evarhart said of West, who was born and came of age in Atlanta, in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job… He ran as a Republican, a conservative Republican.”

A term-limited Evarhart’s reign atop the state party would end before any hypothetic West bids even began, but she was nonetheless effusive in her praise of the retired Army lieutenant colonel.

West, she said, was “one of the finest congressman this country’s ever had.”

– James Richardson