Allen West won't run for U.S. Senate

In a press release, West ended the speculation, which he himself seemed to be fanning the flames for just a bit last week:

Over the last several weeks, numerous leaders of the Florida Republican Party, including current and past elected officials, have spoken to me about the race for the United States Senate. Out of respect, I was willing to listen.

They realize, as do I, that we need to change the United States Senator for the State of Florida. Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Bill Nelson are not acting in the best interests of Floridians and the American people.

In November of 2010, the citizens of the 22nd Congressional District sent me to Capitol Hill to right our fiscal ship of state, to work to rebuild our economy and to create jobs.

For the last two weeks, I have traveled the Congressional District and spoken clearly to the citizens that while we have made progress these last seven months, there is still so much to accomplish for our country. I believe the place where I can best effect the needed change is from the People's House - the House of Representatives.

I have been given one of the highest honors to serve in the House of Representatives and I will continue to serve the citizens in that capacity. I will not seek the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 2012. With regard to my future, the only goal I have is to do my very best to represent the constituents of the Congressional District and to restore the exceptionalism of our nation."

West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel and Fort Lauderdale businessman Patrick Murphy have already announced they are running for the Democratic nomination for the Congressional District 22 seat.

  • Allen West

Although the Republican race for U.S. Senate in Florida is crying out for at least one if not more candidates to compete for the nomination to face Bill Nelson next year, South Florida GOP Congressman Allen West will not be one of those candidates.

The freshman Tea Party favorite announced Monday afternoon that he will be running for office in 2012 - but for re-election to his House seat (which is no sure thing), and not the U.S. Senate.

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