In an exit befitting his outspoken, controversial two years in Congress, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said that he only lost his re-election because his opponent cheated.
West lost narrowly to Democratic up-and-comer Patrick Murphy last month, but refused to concede for weeks, demanding a recount of ballots in St. Lucie County. Only after a re-tabulation slightly increased Murphyís lead did West finally accept defeat just before Thanksgiving. However, the Tea Party congressman appears to be handling the loss acrimoniously.
Appearing on Mark Levinís radio show last Thursday, West accused Murphy of only winning by breaking the rules. ďIím not going away just because of a congressional race where he seems to have to cheat to beat me,Ē said West. He did not specify precisely how Murphy supposedly cheated.
LEVIN: You are a national treasure. You are way too important to have something like this to happen and off you go. That canít happen. So Iím really curious to know. Do you have further public service in mind, potentially?
WEST: The most important thing everyone has to understand is my voice is not going to be lost. Weíve gotten a lot of opportunities, a lot of offers, and weíre going to make sure we continue to have that platform. Iím a warrior and Iím a statesman and Iím a servant of this republic. Iím not going away just because of a congressional race where he seems to have to cheat to beat me.
LEVIN: He sure as hell did. Itís disgusting.
Full article + audio recording of interview: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/12/10/1308921/allen-west-cheating/