Rep. Allen West, the Florida conservative freshman who lost reelection earlier this month by a slim 2,000-vote margin, spiked on Wednesday the possibility he might uproot for neighboring Georgia to make another run for Congress.
“I have moved my wife around for 20-some-odd years, being in the military, and she was also the daughter of a career military guy,” West told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Beltway-lurking Daniel Malloy. “When I retired, she chose Florida. That’s where my daughter’s in school, in college, my youngest daughter’s in high school. That’s our home. It’s a very nice thing, but I’m not an NFL free agent.”
West has yet to concede defeat–even publicly grousing as his rival attended new-member events at the Capitol this week–and recently sought a court injunction to stall the final certification of the tally to afford a partial recount of a critical county.
Still, most Republicans have resigned to his defeat. But his strong appeal to conservative tea party activists and roots in the state drew a public invitation from Georgia’s Republican party chairwoman on Monday to stage a comeback from the Peach State.
“I would be glad to have him come back to Georgia and at some point run here,” Sue Everhart, the state GOP’s top official, said. “I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job… He ran as a Republican, a conservative Republican.”
It’s never too soon to find a new challenger to Rep. John Barrow, after all.
- James Richardson