It has not been a good week for Allen West. His Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, is showing a sizable lead against West in Florida’s 18th District. According to a Democratic poll conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research on Sept. 26-27 found that 52 percent of the 401 likely voters in the 18th District of Florida surveyed prefer West’s Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, and just 43 percent prefer West. There is a 4.9 percent margin of error in the poll.
“It’s clear that with his extreme, offensive rhetoric and record, Allen West is turning off voters all across the spectrum,” said Alixandria Lapp, who is the executive director of House Majority PAC, which released the poll. This particular PAC is in the process of airing its second anti-West TV ad, which is part of a $1.5 million commercial buy in the 18th district.
There was no response to requests for comments from the Allen West campaign camp originally, but eventually West spokesman Tim Edson said the “Concocted poll” doesn’t reflect reality:
“After a week where everyone, including liberal pundits, were writing Patrick Murphy’s obituary, Murphy and his allies have to do something to make liberal contributors believe he is still viable,” Edson said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “The fact that the DCCC cancelled advertising for Patrick Murphy validates the internal poll that we released last week showing Patrick Murphy down double digits.”
This poll is just the latest in a series following this closely watched race. There does not seem to be much stability here, either. A Republican pollster, Kimball Political Consulting, showed Murphy leading West by 49 t0 50 percent, while a poll from West’s campaign showed West leading Murphy by 9 points (as if we actually believe this data). Yet Another poll shows the two candidates to be at a statistical tie.
The Murphy/West race is one of the hottest in the nation, and both sides are fighting dirty. The West campaign released an ad reminding voters that Murphy was arrested for disorderly intoxication in 2003, with graphics showing a polished-looking West in a suit next to Murphy’s mugshot. Murphy’s campaign fired back with an ad to highlight the fact that West was “kicked out of the military” in the same year for assault.
While I am sure neither candidate is proud of his past misdeeds, there is a pretty big difference between what Murphy did –a stupid kid being, well, a stupid kid– and what West did as a military officer forced to resign when he was two ranks away from General. Yeah, big difference, and it seems that despite the attack ads, voters are noticing the difference too, along with West’s steady stream of insane rhetoric.
As if West’s floundering poll numbers weren’t enough, there is now fresh embarrassment for this nutty bagger, coming to us courtesy of one Jose Lambiet, a Miami gossip blogger who has published a letter in which West allegedly wants his wife to be his ‘porn star’.
West’s campaign refuses to comment, dismissing the letter as ‘garbage.’ “We’re not going to comment on this crap, it’s just a garbage story,” West Campaign spokeswomanMichele Hickford told Politicker .
The letter, which West allegedly wrote to his wife while serving in Iraq, said the following:
The congressman proceeds to tell his wife he expects certain intimate acts upon his return that will be “the standard and it is non-negotiable.” … Then: “Angela, I need to know, are you committed to being my porn star?
“I do not want to hear ‘no’ or ‘we’ll see about that.’ I want my fantasies to be with you. God has authorized you and you only as my partner for intimacy and that is what I want.”
The West campaign also says that the blogger, Jose Lambiet, had not produced evidence of the letter. “He hasn’t produced a letter, so, as of now, there’s no letter,”Hickford said.
According to Lambiet, this is false:
What Hickford failed to tell Politicker, however, is that Gossip Extra emailed a PDF file of the letter to Allen West For Congress campaign manager Tim Edson. I also read sex-soaked passages from it to West’s D.C. spokeswoman, former WPTV-Channel 5 reporter Angela Melvin, whose main comment was: “Where did you get this?”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) says that Allen West is a misogynist, citing his contributions to a biker magazine that regularly features naked women. After his win in 2010, West said that Wasserman-Schultz was “vile…despicable…not a lady” in an email to his colleagues.
Now, we all know that gossip rags like the one Jose Lambiet writes for are sometimes not completely credible sources of information. However, there is usually something to the stories. Further, we all know the misogyny running rampant in the Republican party right now, and Allen West is about as far off the right-wing cliff as they come, so I really don’t have any issue believing it.
I do hope this blogger comes forth with the original letter, or some sort of proof that it indeed exists, and that Allen West definitely wrote it. Talk about a campaign killer! Who wouldn’t love to see another one bite the dust in the so called “values” camp? Taking West down in such a humiliating fashion would be a dream come true.
Between his numbers and this letter, it seems West is going down. He isn’t doing it gracefully, either.
by _Kissy_October 8, 2012 at 10:02 PM