Former Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West, who just announced a new Internet TV job with conservative PJ Media, says he’s not interested in a 2014 challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 seat.
Murphy narrowly defeated West last year in America’s most expensive House race. West, whose blunt-spoken conservatism has attracted a national following of admirers and critics, was immediately encouraged by fans to run again in 2014.
Other Republicans who might be interested in running have been waiting on the sidelines for an announcement from West.
The Politics column asked West today what his new “Next Generation” venture means for any potential future run for office.
Here’s the answer West sent via text message:
“My commitment is to the future of the next generation of Americans. The conversation should not be about me but what is the legacy we shall leave to our children and grandchildren, greater debt, a less secure Country and world, diminished opportunity? Shall we be the first generation to fail to ensure the American dream for future generations? So if all you want to know is if I am running for Congressional district 18, the answer is no. My sights and objectives, political and otherwise, are focused on something far greater.”
After losing his first race in 2008, West handily defeated incumbent Ron Klein in 2010 before announcing that he would move some 80 miles north to run in the newly-created 18th District, which had been represented by Rep. Tom Rooney, who himself moved across the state in order to make room for West.
Rep. West is focusing on his new internet venture with PJ Media, but certainly hasn’t ruled out a future run for office.