The rise of Allen West

Allen West, a 22-year Army veteran, is preparing for Washington a bit like he would for a battlefield. His “high and tight” hairstyle will be one of the only buzz cuts in Congress. He plans to carry a camouflage bag, not a briefcase.

And on a recent morning, while others in the Republican Party’s large incoming freshman class jockeyed for office space, he declared himself largely indifferent.

“I’ve lived in tents,” said West, who in January will become the first black Republican to represent Florida since 1876.

Since its last black lawmaker retired from the House in 2003, the GOP has been eager to elect high-profile African Americans. The party’s desire to demonstrate inclusiveness has been especially pressing since the election of Barack Obama and the rise of the predominantly white tea party movement.

West is one of two black Republicans elected to the House this year. The other, Tim Scott, a longtime politician in South Carolina, was quickly drafted into the GOP leadership as a representative of the freshman class.

West brings to the party a strong personality and, with repeat appearances on Fox News and a spot this past Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” a profile that many incoming members of Congress would covet. But he’s also an unpredictable force, inclined to be an outsider – even within the GOP.

Full story: Allen West, one of two black Republicans just elected to House, goes against grain

  • american10

    West is a staunch supporter of the stripes of the flag, hopefully the stars won’t get in his eyes…….. With his character, I hope/don’t believe “They”, the “Progressive” enemy of the Constitution can break him, the way they have broken McCain, along with many others!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

    “And on a recent morning, while others in the Republican Party’s large incoming freshman class jockeyed for office space, he declared himself largely indifferent.

    ‘I’ve lived in tents,’ said West.”


    • BillyShaft

      If I were in the freshman class, I would ensure he got first choice just based on that alone.

  • Major_Skidmark

    Mr West is a HERO. He had to use questionable tactics to get info out of a terrorist. He made sure it was he and HE ALONE who was in the room. After he got the into that saved MANY lives he walked into his CO’s office and self disclosed. He knew full well that there would be consequences. His men, and I all think he is a great leader. I will follow you anywhere Lt Col West.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

      that story just makes me have so much respect for him!! he fears NOTHING!!

  • Noonien Soong in CT

    Typo alert: Allen B. West (born February 7, 1961) means Lt.Col. West is 49 years old instead of 22.

    • Noonien Soong in CT

      Forgot to add veteran after 22

  • diamndgirl

    Go West Go!

    Hope I live to see the day you are in the White House!


    This man will go all the way, next stop will be the Presidency!

  • BillyShaft

    I pray that West is the “real deal”.

    Please, PLEASE be a genuine constitutional conservative…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

      that’s the thing. i need to wait and see what he does. rubio too, i want to watch him closely. i mistakenly thought of christie as a strong conservative but it turns out that on some issues he may not be so conservative. i hope that doesn’t happen with west. i doubt it but let’s wait and see!

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