Allen West on Nancy Pelosi, RNC hot dogs, Super PACs and a Jay Leno monologue

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Here are some snippets U.S. Rep. Allen West shared at a campaign meet-up at the Ocean Palms retirement center in Stuart.

West’s response to former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said, ”How sweet would it be for the country?” when asked about West potentially losing his congressional race:

“I look forward to buying her a five-pound bag of sugar.”

West on not debating Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder, his GOP primary competition:

“Why would I debate someone who says they don’t know anything about the issues? I mean, I might as well be Jay Leno up there giving a monologue. I’m not going to waste your time. Your time is important for you to be with your families, instead of coming out to see the sideshow. But there are people who want to come out to see the sideshow. This is too serious of a time for our country for monkey business.”

West’s response to a crowd member who said, “You’ve got the Koch brothers trying to put us in a plutocracy.”

“And you’ve got George Soros trying to donate $5 million against me. So come on, man.”

West’s take on the Super PAC “Dump West” targeting him. Soros is rumored to be a major donor to the PAC:

“Obviously, I must be doing something that’s good. Because when George Soros says he’s going to throw $5 million into a Super PAC against me …it’s a good life.”

West on a previous statement that he’d be selling hot dogs outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month:

“Some folks came up and asked me, ‘Are you going to be speaking?’ I said I probably won’t be speaking, but I’m thinking about opening up a hot dog stand. And the guy from Politico tweeted that out. It just became this big deal, and it’s just a joke. Although I mean, if I could make a few bucks, but with the regulations out there I probably wouldn’t be able to open one.”


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