Challenger takes Allen West to task for not debating him

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Republican Congressional candidate Robert Crowder, who is challenging Rep. Allen West in this year’s Republican primary election, is taking the Florida congressman to task for refusing to debate him.

Crowder believes West’s refusal to debate is part of the broken system of radical party politics. “My sole reason for running was to give people a choice in who will represent them in congress,” Crowder said in a campaign release. “The people deserve to hear where we stand on the issues so they can make an informed decision based on a legitimate debate process.  Right now, Mr. West is only offering voters slick television advertisements that he paid a quarter of a million dollars to air.  Voters deserve more than an advertising campaign.”

Incidently, Crowder recently experienced an “even more disturbing facet of West’s character” after Saturday’s gathering of the St. Lucie County Republican Executive Committee (REC) for what was supposed to be the candidate’s interview to determine who the REC would endorse for the primary election.

”As I left the meeting, I spotted Mr. West sitting in the back of the room and approached him, extending my hand to him in the spirit of goodwill – one military man to another – one candidate to another,” Crowder recalled in a release.

According to Crowder, West blatantly snubbed him. “He crossed his arms across his chest, looked away and replied, ‘No thanks.’”

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