Allen West eyes 'finish line' during final days of campaign

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Just two days before the election, U.S. Rep. Allen West stood under Downtown Stuart’s gazebo Sunday afternoon and urged a crowd of more than 100 to help him win.

After being introduced by Florida Sen. Joe Negron, West took the stage at Gazebo Park and compared the last 48 hours of the election race to a half marathon he recently ran in Jensen Beach.

“The last three miles were in a 30-mile-an-hour headwind,” he told the crowd. “But even if you’re a little bit tired, even if you’re going up hill into a headwind, you’ve got to know the finish line is up ahead. What’s at this finish line? A constitutional republic.”

State Reps. Gayle Harrell and Will Snyder were among those at the “Get Out the Vote” rally. Treasure Coast residents, as well as some people from out of town, waited in line before and after West’s 15-minute speech, to ask the congressman to sign posters and pose in photos with them.

Cheri Galvan stood in line a few times to give West hugs. She traveled from California to Stuart to volunteer at the area’s West office.

“I don’t know one person who lives here. It doesn’t matter; I’ll do whatever needs to be done to help Allen West win,” she said. “He loves America like I do. And he’s an honest man.”

Galvan clapped and hollered when West made a reference to a couple from Nicaragua in the crowd.

“Look at them,” West said, pointing to the couple. “Ask them what happened to their country. Ask them what happens when people come in and nationalize production. Ask them what happens when people come in and promise everything to everybody just so they can win votes. Ask them what happens when all of a sudden, someone tries to establish a social utopia based upon fairness and fair share and economic equality and economic patriotism.”

Talk to someone from Cuba, or from any Eastern European country,” West said. “Do you know what they’ll say? How can you Americans allow this to happen?”

West had no comment about his campaign’s latest ads and posters showing opponent Patrick Murphy’s mugshot from a 2003 arrest for disorderly intoxication and possessing a fake driver’s license.

The Murphy campaign responded by pointing out that West, also in 2003, was fined $5,000 for using improper methods to force information out of an Iraqi detainee.

“Its disgraceful that Murphy would try to excuse his drunken brawling and verbal assault on a police officer by equating his behavior to Congressman West taking action to try to protect his soldiers lives,” West’s campaign manager, Tim Edson, said.

Via Zaimarie De Guzman, Treasure Coast Newspapers

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