US Rep. Tom Rooney to run for seat on west coast of Florida, leaving room for Allen West to run for that GOP leaning seat

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U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney announced today that he’s running for reelection in a newly drawn seat on Florida’s west coast — potentially leaving a GOP leaning seat in Palm Beach County -Treasure Coast open for U.S. Rep. Allen West, who has been in the national media extensivelyover the last 48 hours as rumors of a conspiracy to draw him out of his seat swirl through the conservative blogosphere.

Here’s Rooney’s statement:

Here’s Rooney’s statement:

“I am excited to announce that I will be running for reelection in the new Congressional District 17. Over the last four years, I have had the honor of representing a large portion of the population of the newly drawn 17th district. The people of this district have always been good to me, and I look forward to representing this region for another two years. I will continue to make sure their calls for a smaller and more responsible government, a strong national defense, a prosperous economy, and much-needed private sector jobs are heard in Washington.”

“Congressional District 17 will be the largest agricultural district in Florida and one of the largest in the country, and the farmers here are among the nation’s leaders in beef and dairy production. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry, I will continue to be a strong voice for the people of this district. A vibrant agricultural industry is not only the backbone of this district, but a key driver of both our state and national economies, and I believe that I can best serve the people of Florida as a leader on the Agriculture Committee and a Representative of Florida’s new 17th district.”

“With my current district, Florida’s 16th, essentially cut in half during the redistricting process, I had a difficult decision to make. Barring.

Here is a map of what Congressional District 17 will look like under the current plan adopted by the Florida House.

It is absolutely breathtaking that a sitting member of Congress is announcing for a seat that has yet to be voted on by the full House, agreed to by the Florida Senate, signed off on by Gov. Scott, vetted by the Justice Department and approved by the Florida Supreme Court.

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