Just back from his last tour in Afghanistan, Lt Col. Allen West will be discussing the war, his run for Congress in Florida and how we can help make that happen. A great American, tongiht at 9pm Eastern time.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL - Lieutenant Colonel Allen West (US Army, Retired) today announced he is running for Congress in Florida's 22nd Congressional District.
"After much prayerful consideration and conversation with my family, I am running for Congress to change the culture of defeat and retreat in Washington. Voters in next year's elections will be offered two distinct visions for the future of our country: strength or weakness, resolve or indecision, security or vulnerability. America is at a crossroads, and I intend to be a voice in Congress that stands up for preserving our nation's strength, safety, and future.
"Serving 22 years in the US Army and working in Afghanistan for the Department of Defense have provided me a unique, first-hand understanding of the enemy we face abroad. I'm running for Congress to continue my lifetime of public service and be a much-needed voice for victory in Washington. I understand how the decisions made by elected officials affect our troops overseas and families here in District 22.
"In Congress I will put my experience to work for our national security and honor my oath to the US Constitution by securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws. I will fight to lower taxes and reduce the size of federal government. I will be an advocate for bringing new, high paying jobs to South Florida and will protect small business by cutting senseless regulations that cost jobs and increase overhead. And I will be a champion for reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil, promoting energy independence while preserving our coastlines and farmland."
A veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Col. West served as Battalion Commander for the Army's 4th Infantry Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom, receiving numerous honors including a Bronze Star and 3 Meritorious Service Medals. Col. West and his wife, Angela, a financial planner, have been married 17 years. They have two daughters, Aubrey, 14, and Austen, 10.