Florida GOP Tries to Write Out Allen West
After last Thursday’s Republican debate, in the spin room, one of Romney’s guys was Florida Representative Will Weatherford. And during the course of his remarks he’s trying to spin for Romney after the debate, it’s reported that he shed a very dim light on the ongoing redistricting process in the Florida legislature.
“West’s congressional district inexplicably sheds the most out support as compared to all other incumbent Republican and Democrat Congressman. A few weeks back we quoted an unnamed legislator saying that, ‘Allen West was screwed’, a statement which was originally made about made five months before the purposed maps were made public, leading insiders to believe that the fix was in against Allen West. But in light of Weatherford’s comment, it is increasingly clear that this is a fait accompli.” It is going to happen. Weatherford is a Romney guy, and this is why people think that Romney’s behind this. And many people do.
“According to Weatherford, those preliminary maps will not change — at the most, any additional changes would be minimal, and those changes would not make any appreciable difference from the preliminary maps,” the ones that, again, write out Allen West. “In addition, Weatherford stated that a deal was struck between him, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, and Senator Don Gaetz to finalize these maps and push them through as soon as possible.” And Weatherford, it is said here, tried to hide behind a need to comply with federal law. But, look, Florida’s getting two additional seats. There’s no reason to write anybody out. Florida is getting two additional — because of the 2010 census. There’s no reason to write West out. So there’s obviously a political component to this. And, again, the Romney conspiracy is based on the fact that the guy in charge of redistricting is a former Romney supporter.
The Politico says: “Florida Speaker Designate Will Weatherford has been a surrogate for Mitt Romney in the past.” Probably current supporter as well. And people ask, “Why does Mitt Romney care about congressional districts in Florida?” What it means is, what many have been trying to warn you of for a long, long time. And that is that the establishment Republicans are trying to take the Tea Party out. The establishment Republicans are trying to take the conservatives out. This is another reason why, in the Republican primary, there is such fevered opposition to Romney and people who despise — you just heard the previous caller — who despise the campaign that Romney’s running.