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Allen West goes to D.C.

Last night, my new Congressman-elect (I love typing that!) Allen West gave a moving speech to the West Palm Beach Republican Club, in which he honored veterans, upheld American Exceptionalism and vowed to stand firm for the US Constitution once sworn into office in Washington D.C.

I’d had the good fortune of unexpectedly bumping into Allen as he strode through the parking lot toward the entrance of the Bear Lakes Country Club, when I had to return to my car to retrieve my Flip-corder. He thanked me sincerely for working so hard on his campaign as I gave him a hug and my congratulations (something I’d been unable to do at his victory party, due to the size of the crowd). Truly, this is a man of honor and integrity.

It’s hard to describe just how thrilled South Florida is to have this decorated war hero and and patriot representing us, but you’ll get an idea of the scope our our genuine love  and affection  for Lt. Col. Allen West in the two videos below.

God bless Allen West as he begins a new phase of service to his country. And God bless all of our US Veterans!

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Pam Bondi top vote-getter in Florida

Pam Bondi, Florida's new AG-Elect.

Seems the Sunshine State has a formidable conservative female force of its own in Palin-endorsed Pam Bondi, who not only won her AG race handily, but garnered the most votes of all Florida candidates. The Conservative Divas and other South Florida patriots caught up with Pam on election eve at the Boca Raton Airport, just before she left to return to Tampa.

Congratulations to a real superstar with a proven record of accomplishment as a prosecutor and legal analyst. With Bondi as AG, Florida’s fight against Obamacare will continue.  Keep up the great work, Pam!

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Scenes from the Allen West Victory Party

Lt. Col. (RET) Allen West poses with my brother Ralph after an event in Deerfield Beach, Florida in August, 2009.

Aside from the euphoria of a decisive Allen West victory over progressive, incumbent mud-slinger Ron Klein, I had the pleasure of bumping into Robert Stacy McCain, one of my favorite bloggers last night. Saw the fedora racing from the ballroom area to the lobby of the Boca Marriott and just had to follow. Strangely, the first thing he asked after I offered him and his blog glowing, sincere praise was, “Can you buy me a beer?”

Unfortunately for RS McCain, I’d quickly changed purses after a long day of poll watching and had left my cash behind. He did eventually end up with a beer, so all is well (not sure who bought). And it was pretty cool to meet him. Not as cool as an Allen West victory, but memorable nonetheless. 😉

So thrilled that Florida Congressional District 22  “de-Kleined” in favor of a constitutionally conservative war hero after an acrimonious, repugnant campaign in which the incumbent Democrat with the 98% pro-Pelosi/Obama record threw as many false accusations and character assassinations he could at a decorated war hero. Apparently, the hundreds of “racist rednecks” in attendance last night agreed with me as they cheered on their new congressional representative and showered him with hugs, kisses and high praise. It’s an honor to call West my representative, and I can only imagine how poor, pitiful Obama felt listening to his inspirational, unapologetically American victory speech, if indeed, he did.

Be afraid, Barry. Be very afraid.

Anyway, here’s some raw footage of one of the most uplifting, high-energy events in recent memory.

More videos coming soon.

Update: I should have clarified (though this post was written in good humor) that McCain was having trouble with the hotel’s ATM, which wouldn’t read his card. Problem was eventually resolved. And yeah, it was an awesome night all the way around, even though Ron Klein refused to show any class by calling Allen to congratulate him. Sore loser.

Update 2: Found this on YouTube:

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New Political Ads for Allen West and Marco Rubio

From the We Love USA PAC, a depression-themed ad emphasizing Ron Klein’s 98% pro-Obama and Pelosi voting record:

And this one from Marco Rubio, featuring his adorable four kids:

For early voting locations in Palm Beach County, click  here.

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South Florida Supports Allen West!

After receiving a tip-off late last night on Facebook about Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s planned protest of Lt. Colonel Allen West’s candidacy today, I headed over to his campaign office in Deerfield Beach. Yes, the Debbie Wasserman Shultz who represents FL  Congressional District 20 and is herself running for re-election, took it upon herself to arrange an anti-West rally on the sidewalk alongside Federal Highway.

As West supporters, we were respectfully requested not to engage the Klein crew or the local media, lest a confrontation erupt that could potentially damage the campaign. Well aware of the left’s hateful demagoguery and deceitful tactics, I’d never planned to engage any of them in conversation — a losing proposition among people brandishing signs like “Keep Abortion Legal” and “Florida doesn’t want the Tea Party or Allen West”, anyway.

Clearly in the throes of desperation, the Klein campaign (and DNC operatives) have published Allen West’s social security number; aired ridiculous commercials using Tea Party footage of West declaring himself a “right wing extremist” (hello liberals, it’s called sarcasm, and it was done in reaction to Janet Napolitano’s DHS); made false allegations of West belonging to a radical biker gang and repeatedly (in the case of debates) linked his name with Sarah Palin and “Terri Schiavo issues” — all in an effort to paint him as some sort of Bible-thumping, wild-eyed Christian lunatic who is unfit for public office.

Today that theme continued with the pro-abortion placards and handmade signs claiming that West is somehow “anti-women”. Mind you, to the best of my knowledge, he hasn’t even made abortion an issue in the campaign (though he  is pro-life), but if you were a Klein supporter, would you really want to focus on your guy’s support for highly unpopular legislation like Obamacare, Cap and Trade and stimulus?

In their classic, diversionary and fear-mongering style, all the liberal sacred cows were on display this afternoon in Deerfield Beach  — along with plenty of Allen West supporters, who had a few thoughts of their own. Enjoy!

Update:  Apparently, Palm Beach County tax collector Anne Gannon joined Wasserman-Shultz in the 20-30 people protest. Here’s the Sun-Sentinel’s coverage.

Update: Here’s the second video, featuring a Democrat for West.

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I was a “Tea Party” (e.g. conservative) Republican Before It Was “Cool”

Having been raised by conservative Republican parents who were both into activism long before it became a way of life for countless Americans in the months following Obama’s election, it’s probably not a surprise that I have been a registered Republican since I turned eighteen a few *cough* years back. And no, I didn’t opt to be an elephant versus a donkey just to make mom and dad proud, I actually did take the time to look at the platforms of both parties and ask myself why I wanted to join the GOP.

The answer?

The Republican platform (notice I typed, “Republican platform” not “Republican elected officials”) just made sense to me.

It reflected the concepts enshrined in the United States Constitution — that all rights come from a higher authority and that government exists mainly to provide for the common defense, support a criminal justice system and create a climate in which individuals and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pursue their dreams in a free market that encourages healthy competition.

Long before both Bush administrations came to power, I was familiar with the term “RINO”. In 1976, my entire family reacted with heavy-hearted disappointment and anger when Ronald Reagan lost the Republican nomination to RINO Gerald Ford.

As a kid, I remember suffering through the insufferable Carter years with their long gasoline lines, seemingly endless malaise, foreign policy ineptitude and Iranian hostage crisis — until our sunny optimist finally won the Republican nomination in 1980 and subsequently, the White House.

Watching President Reagan’s speeches and appearances on television with my family was much like watching an Eagles game (without the heartbreaking losses). We’d cheer, clap, jump up and down and shout with delight as Ronald Reagan unfailingly reminded us — in his bold, unapologetic and endearing style — of the greatness of America, the courage of our men and women in uniform and the exceptionalism of  our system of government.  With moral clarity and conviction, he made us proud and grateful to call ourselves American citizens.

Sadly, upon his departure from Pennsylvania Avenue after serving two distinguished terms, Reagan’s successor wasted no time in reverting the bully pulpit back to “Rockefeller Republican” mode, calling for a “kinder, gentler nation” (whatever that means), raising taxes and ultimately alienating conservatives. Enter Ross Perot in 1992 and — well, you know the rest of the story.

My point is — long before the beautiful Tea Party Movement got underway — I’d always supported candidates who espoused the principles of limited government, strong national defense, capitalism and personal responsibility. And yes, to my great consternation, there were way too many instances when I’d find myself holding my nose to vote for Candidate X because he or she was marginally better than Candidate Y.

By the way, I voted for Sarah Palin in 2008.

And long before the breath of fresh air from Alaska blew in, I read conservative blogs, railed against open borders and amnesty, criticized President Bush’s massive expansion of government and spending, called for the release of Ramos and Compean, supported the war against global jihad (not terrorism, which is a tactic) and objected to the rampant cronyism that defined the Bush years (Harriet Miers, anyone?).

So I was “Tea Partying” before there actually was a phenomenon known as the Tea Party.

Concurrently, I believe that the best way to save our country from socialistic decay is to reform the Republican Party from within. Not only is this the most efficient method, it’s already putting the establishmentarians on notice and yielding excellent results including, but not limited to Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, Christine O’Donnell, Pat Toomey and….Marco Rubio.

Of all the aforementioned candidates, Rubio best exemplifies the qualities of the Great Communicator, articulating conservatism with a genuine passion and conviction that has helped propel him to 50% in recent polling. Like other Tea Party Republicans, Marco defied the go-along-to-get-along Republican establishment (which immediately sought to destroy his nascent campaign by prematurely endorsing Obama-hugging, stimulus-loving Charlie Crist in May, 2009) with his heretical talk of spending cuts, deficit reduction, government reduction, and tax relief.

A charismatic embodiment of the American Dream whose parents fled Cuba for a better life for themselves and their children, Rubio quickly attracted a loyal following of constituents fed up with Washington games and hungry for the kind of leadership he espoused.

Crist, on the other hand, embarrassed the GOP (a richly deserved outcome) by showing his true self-serving colors and abandoning the party when he read the “tea leaves” and realized he didn’t stand a chance of beating Rubio in the Republican Primary. Thus, the sleazy opportunist who once invoked the greatness of Ronald Reagan and swore he’d never leave the GOP, threw all principle to the wind (if he even had any to begin with) to run as an “Independent”, emphasis on “I”, meaning “Me”.

And in a recent debate, ol’ Charlie found yet another way to disgrace himself by regurgitating a newspaper’s race-baiting, grievance-mongering claim that Rubio had “turned his back on his Hispanic family”, thus proving his Democrat bonafides, according to Ed Morrissey.

Which brings me to today. As a precinct committewoman, it is my obligation to walk precincts — my own and others — ahead of elections, to help get out the vote. This effort is complemented by the distribution of (gasp!) Republican Party-endorsed candidate literature. So it won’t come as a shock that among other candidates today’s goody bags included information on Marco Rubio.

However, it did cause some angst for a Facebook friend and self-described Tea Party movement member on the Gulf Coast, who chastised me in no uncertain terms that “not all Tea Partiers support Marco Rubio” and that I should “just remember that”.

I replied that as independent thinkers, I hardly expected all Tea Party members to be in lockstep on every candidate, but found her remarks sort of odd since Rubio stands for everything the Tea Party seeks to promote. I then reminded her that my precinct walking activity was a function of my membership in the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee to which she snidely replied:

I’m so sorry for “lumping” you into the TEA PARTY MOVEMENT. Belive me, it will NEVER happen again…..

I politely informed her that A.) Tea Party Fort Lauderdale, DC Works For Us and various 9/12 groups in South Florida all endorsed Rubio; B.) It was very possible for one to simultaneously hold membership in both the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party; and C.) if the status updates I posted on MY wall offended her, she was free to either ignore them or delete me.

Personally, I hope she goes with the last option. Facebook has a friend limit and ever since attaining the milestone of 5,000 friends last year, I’ve had a waiting list a mile long.

Go Marco Rubio! Even the Sun-Sentinel wants you to win. 😉

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The Conservative Diva Debate Coverage of West vs. Klein

Still processing all of the videos, but these three offer pretty good insight as to the mood of the crowd and the tenor of the debate between Tea Party Republican candidate Lt. Col. (RET) Allen West and Liberal-Democrat-turned-born-again-fiscal-conservative Ron Klein (pay no attention to his 98% pro-Pelosi agenda voting record, Ron is really a “middle-of the-road” kind of guy).

One of the many things that irked me about Klein’s performance — aside from the blatant lies about West — was his dig at pro-life Americans, as indicated by his “Terry Schiavo issues” remark. I suppose it was a deliberate attempt to remind spineless independents and pro-choice Democrats about the “extremism” of Republican Floridians who believed their state courts committed  a grave and fatal injustice against an innocent, disabled woman based on the testimony of a conflicted witness. It was a cheap shot from a desperate, pathetic politician who knows he’s in the fight of his life against a strong, popular and principled challenger.

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Lt. Col. Allen West eviscerates Rep. Ron Klein in Boca Raton debate

Today I had the pleasure of witnessing my next congressman, Lt. Col. Allen West, metaphorically eviscerate current FL-22 congressman, US Rep Ron Klein in a debate held at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Together with The Conservative Divas; assorted friends and activists; and a predominantly pro-West crowd (which outnumbered the Klein supporters by a 3-1 margin in my unscientific estimation), I broke a few of the debate rules by alternately cheering enthusiastically for Allen when making a salient point on a critical issue, and booing Ron Klein profusely when making a patently false characterization about his challenger — something he did quite often during the course of the debate.

In his zeal to paint Allen as an “extremist” — and presumably scare some of the nice little old ladies in the audience — Klein mentioned Sarah Palin’s name several times, a tactic that seemed to have zero effect. Just like his ridiculous attack ads, which take West’s “right wing extremist” remarks at a Fort Lauderdale Tea Party completely out of context, the invocation of Sarah Palin’s name rang hollow as a misguided attempt to deflect attention away from his own 98%-with-Nancy-Pelosi voting record — a fact West reminded the audience about at the beginning of the debate.

I guess Ron hadn’t noticed the huge Tea Party contingent lining the entrance to Lynn University in the hours before the match-up. Or maybe it was just too difficult to come to terms with the fact that they severely outnumbered the handful of Klein supporters on the opposite corner. Suffice it to say, to the majority of folks in attendance, the invocation of Sarah Palin’s name and her endorsement of Allen West are good things.

Ellen, Kathy and I were lucky enough to be seated just a few rows back from the stage, thanks to Ellen’s mom Elaine. The Sun-Sentinel sponsored the event — moderated by their own Antonio Fins — who informed us in his opening remarks that the paper’s editorial board would be considering today’s performances as a final determining factor before deciding on an endorsement.

If they have any shred of integrity, the Sun-Sentinel will declare West the clear winner of the debate, though I hardly expect an endorsement from this notoriously left-leaning publication, if a question posed by Anthony Man (one of their political writers), is any indication. After all, when was the last time a debate questioner asked a liberal candidate if he or she had the “temperament” to hold congressional office? Has it ever happened? If it has, I’ve never witnessed it. And yet that is exactly what Man posed to West — or rather, asked Klein about West, in a transparent effort to continue the “West is a scary extremist” meme.

In fact, the first question Allen fielded (though I cannot recall which of the three questioners posed it) was something like “Are you really a scary black man?” Admittedly, it came across as a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the misleading attack ads Klein has been running in the South Florida market, complete with footage of a star-spangled-bandana-wearing Allen proudly declaring himself a “right wing extremist” through a megaphone.

In the calm, cool and collected manner he displayed throughout the entire debate, West handled it well, and in fact elicited a good laugh from the audience at the end of his answer when he noted the only people who think he’s scary are probably his daughters when he’s administering necessary parental discipline.

Though it’s tough to choose a favorite, some of the most memorable moments included Allen’s passionate chiding of Democrat Party operatives for putting his entire family at risk by publishing his Social Security number online;  referring to specific passages of the US Constitution that specifically qualify him to represent FL CD-22 though he lives outside of the district (on that point he also took a nice shot at former FL CD-19 Congressman and Maryland resident, Robert Wexler, causing the crowd to erupt in applause); and the thundering chants of “Go West!” from a rowdy, on-its-feet audience at the end of Allen’s closing remarks (thankfully, he got to go last).

Strikingly, Lt. Col. Allen West was the only candidate who consistently referred to specific articles and passages in the United States Constitution to either defend his own positions or state his opposition to Klein’s (which among other things include voting for stimulus, Obamacare and Cap and Trade).

For his part, Ron Klein, when not pretending to be a fiscal conservative (lol), spent most of his time assaulting Allen’s character and whining about the alleged “incivility” of the campaign, apparently oblivious to his own party’s despicable machinations that put the entire West family at risk.

I did get some great footage of the entire event, and due to some technical snafus, they are not quite ready to post. However, as soon as I get them loaded onto YouTube, I will post them here on the blog as well. In the meantime, enjoy one of Allen’s awesome ads!

And here’s the Palm Beach Post’s coverage, including a photo of yours truly — well, a photo of my back at least! 😉

Look for Ellen and me to appear in the Sun-Sentinel’s coverage, as their photographer took many shots of us and asked for our names at the end of the debate.

Update: Check out this funny video from Tom Trento of the Florida Security Council.

Update: First video from The Conservative Diva coverage of yesterday’s event

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The Conservative Diva Breakfast with Lt. Col. Allen West and Rep. John Boehner

During the ride to today’s breakfast event in West Palm Beach, Ellen noted the West campaign had promised a special surprise guest, though they’d been reluctant to share any more details. Upon arriving at the Gun Club with my trustee Flip corder in-hand, I was pleasantly taken aback to discover US Rep. John Boehner standing side-by-side with Lt. Col. Allen West, addressing the crowd  at the front of the room. So like a good citizen journalist, I immediately began filming.

Lt. Colonel Allen West, joined by US Rep. John Boehner, discusses his run for congress and the current issues facing the USA.

Ellen tells us why she really, really likes John Boehner. 😉

Among my first thoughts as I took in the scene was that this hotly contested race in FL CD-22 must indeed be extremely competitive and winnable to merit Boehner’s presence in West Palm Beach. The last polls I remember seeing showed Allen ahead by 6 points. In the wake of righteous outrage following the VFW’s deplorable endorsement of West’s opponent Ron Klein (in addition to “Senator Ma’am” Boxer in California), I can only imagine that number will increase dramatically as word continues to spread among veteran and non-veteran voters alike. As Ellen and Kathy note in the interview below, the VFW is already paying a dear price for their misguided decision.

Another observation I couldn’t help but make — given the left’s penchant for painting Tea Partiers as racists — was that the “predominantly white crowd” (which had a few non-white patriots interspersed within) greeted Allen and his remarks with the typical exuberance and enthusiasm I’ve come to expect at all West campaign events. Clearly, South Floridians are taken with the content of Allen’s character, the depth of his knowledge of the United States Constitution and his clear, bold articulation of limited government, strong national defense, individual liberty and personal responsibility. And his distinguished US Army career supports his rhetoric and demonstrates his proven leadership abilities and courage in the face of adversity. As I noted, it is such a thrill for me to be able to vote for this great American as a resident of his district:

Looking forward to a November to remember!

Update: Sore Loser Syndrome strikes again. Via Jennifer at Liberty Pundits comes word that Allen West’s primary challenger David Brady joined the VFW in endorsing Ron Klein. RINOs will apparently not go gently into that good night even when voters tell them thanks, but no thanks we’d rather have the other guy at the ballot box. Despicable.

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Pam Bondi for Florida Attorney General

Just returned from a great evening at the GOP Victory Office in Boca Raton, where Ellen and I had the opportunity to interview the lovely, intelligent Pam Bondi, Republican candidate for Florida Attorney General. As someone who’s followed Pam’s career over the last several years and viewed her multiple appearances as a legal contributor to various cable news outlets including FOX, I was looking forward to finally meeting her in person. And I can report that Pam is one of the friendliest, most gracious and genuine politicians I’ve ever interviewed.

In the brief clip below, Pam answers our questions about the Obamacare lawsuit started by current Attorney General, Bill McCollum:

Prior to Pam’s arrival, our young friend and fellow activist Connor Lanser gave us an opportunity to discuss the upcoming midterm elections and the FL candidates in the running:

And last, but definitely not least, I took a few moments to chat with amazing patriot activist, Connor Lanser:

 

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