Congressman Allen West is a prolific fundraiser (which he spends mostly on raising more money — nationwide). He is bombastic, incendiary and not always factual.
West’s recent TV ad features [challenger] Patrick Murphy’s arrest at age 19, for which charges were dropped, but fails to mention his own military record in which he was criminally charged with violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault and relieved of his command.
In the final Army report, West “performed illegal acts… merited court martial… faced 11 years in prison.” Instead he plays up his military experience, frequently using his picture in uniform along with the American flag to give the impression that he was a valiant warrior. West also uses (and I mean uses) veterans to give support to his military image. Shameless.
As for his legislative accomplishments as a United States representative — not much. And he wants to be re-elected? I give my vote to Patrick Murphy.
Royal Palm Beach