Why is RushLimbaugh.com, saying there are plans by the Florida legislature to write Allen West’s congressional district "out of existence"?
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 A few weeks back we quoted an unnamed legislator saying that, ‘Allen West was screwed’, a statement which was originally made about made five months before the purposed maps were made public, leading insiders to believe that the fix was in against Allen West.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.
There is not a lot of substantive evidence here that they are trying to write out Allen West’s district. Well if that really was their intention, nobody would admit it anyways.
A member by the name of SaintPetersblog over at the very Liberal DailyKos had a rebuttal to the story, where he said the following.
Weatherford is not a spokesman or surrogate for Mitt Romney. … Weatherford was an early endorser of Tim Pawlenty. Meaning Will Weatherford is hardly a full-throated Romney supporter.
The legislative maps pit as many as 38 incumbent members against each other. Does that scenario appear as if there was some grand conspiracy at work?
The surprise is that Will Weatherford did exactly what he promised: to conduct a fair, non-partisan redistricting process that respected Amendments 5 & 6 and citizen input.
As for the congressional maps, specifically West’s, Rumpf sums it all up neatly: Due to population gains, Florida has two new Congressional seats. So that means that all of the seats are geographically smaller. Plus, the area of southeast Florida in which West’s district is stacked with Democrats. It is completely impossible to draw a compact district down there without including a lot of Democrats.
DailyKos is not a reliable source, they are very liberal, and they are always going after Limbaugh but I think in this case, the author makes a valid point. Why does Rush believe Mitt Romney is behind the redistricting of Allen West’s congressional district? Why is there a conspiracy to do so in the first place.
Because West is not an establishment candidate? If that is the case, the Republican party cannot last. Allen West represents the new face of the Republican party, a return to our Conservative roots.
Limbaugh tends to have an interesting take on a lot of political stories.