Don't forget to thank Will Weatherford for Allen West's defeat

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It’s still two days before Thanksgiving, but it’s not too early to express your gratitude to those who helped play a role in the defeat of soon-to-be former Congressman Allen West.

Remember back in January when some conservative blogs accused  Weatherford of trying to sideline West by backing a redistricting map that would make it more difficult for him to win reelection. Some fishy blogs from South Florida even went so far as to accuse Weatherford – who had been a surrogate for Mitt Romney – of doing Romney’s bidding by trying to get rid of West (the motive of why Romney would want to marginalize West was not fully explained).

Turns out these bloggers were right.

Not about Weatherford trying to sideline West or about Will doing Mitt’s bidding (I still don’t understand how it would have helped Romney had West not been on the ballot) but about their prediction that West would be a victim of redistricting.

“We have tried to draw the maps based on what’s legally compliant,” asserted Weatherford, who claimed that any changes to West’s district were made as a function of legal requirements laid out in the constitution.

The new map Weatherford refers to is so legally compliant with those darn Fair Districts requirements that West left his original district for one sixty miles north with a slight advantage for Republicans in terms of voter registration.

Of course, at the time, Weatherford denied any effort to marginalize West.

“I’m a huge Allen West fan. I have always supported his candidacy. I think he’s been a great change agent for the conservative movement in Washington, D.C. I wish we could have 50 Allen Wests in Congress,” Weatherford told POLITICO.

Now, instead of 50 Allen Wests in Congress, there are none.

Well done, Speaker Weatherford. Those interested in a more reasonable, more sane Congress should thank you for taking out Allen West.

Consider it a case of addition by subtraction.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.