Tuesday, January 19, 2010

YouTube star/congressional candidate West in LWR today

Allen West

You Tube star/congressional candidate Allen West will be in Lakewood Ranch this evening, hoping his Internet-fueled popularity pays off with some campaign cash from local donors.

West's stock in national Republican circles has soared since last fall when a video of a stump speech he gave in Sunrise was posted at YouTube.com. As of this morning, the video had been viewed more than 1.7 million times.

West, who served with the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, is challenging Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, in Florida's 22nd District, in a rematch of the 2008 election. The 22nd District covers parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

"Widespread discontent with the Democratic Party, West's 'On the Radar' ranking with Republican leaders, and the ever increasing media exposure he is enjoying, all combine to make him a highly viable candidate to take a seat from the Democrats in 2010," the Sarasota County Republican party wrote on its Web site, in promoting West's local appearance.

West is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. at Gold Coast Eagle Distribution (Budweiser), 7051 Wireless Court, in Lakewood Ranch. Officials are asking supporters to contributors to donate at least $250, but contributors who give at least $1,000 will receive a special briefing from West at 5:30 p.m.

For details, contact Gene Sweeney at (770)330-7683 or genesweeney@tampabay.rr.com

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