Allen West concedes election: ‘This seat does not belong to me’

Early Tuesday Congreallen westssman Allen West released the following statement ending the race for Florida’s 18th District:

“For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly.  We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process.  While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.

 While there are certainly still inaccuracies in the results, and the actions of the St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections rightly raise questions in my mind and for many voters, after much analysis and this past weekend’s recount in St. Lucie County, our legal team does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fraudulent votes to change the outcome of the election. 

 While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change.  Given the extremely high evidentiary hurdles involved in a successful challenge, I will not ask my generous supporters to help fund a drawn-out, expensive legal effort with little chance of success. Therefore, we will not contest the certification or challenge the seating of Congressman-elect Murphy.

 Serving the people in the House of Representatives has been among the highest honors of my life, but this seat does not belong to me, or for that matter, to any individual.  It belongs to the people. 

 I want to congratulate my opponent, Patrick Murphy, as the new Congressman from the 18th Congressional District. I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.

 I must thank my wife Angela, and my daughters Aubrey and Austen for their support, patience, understanding and most of all, love. These are three of the toughest women I know. They have sent me off to defend our nation overseas at war, and to Capitol Hill to serve our nation in the House of Representatives. They have all handled the challenges of these last few months, and the last many years, with amazing grace. I know they will be by my side for whatever is our next chapter.

 I want to thank my congressional and campaign staff for their service, and most importantly, I want to thank all of our tremendous supporters who provided their time and money to power our campaign. I am humbled by the dedication and perseverance of our supporters, and their commitment to a free and prosperous America.  I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for our campaign, but most importantly, what they have done, and will continue to do for our country.  None of us should let the outcome discourage us. We should only redouble our resolve. 

 Above all, I want to thank God for his blessings, and for blessing me with the opportunity to serve.

 Only God knows what is in store for each of us. I have dedicated my life to serving this nation, and the results of this election will not change my purpose. Just as I did in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, just as I did on Capitol Hill, I will continue to fight for our Republic. 

 Our nation will not overcome our challenges overnight, and the road ahead for each one of us will not be easy. But this nation would never have become that shining beacon of light if our founders had chosen the easy path 236 years ago.  We all must proudly continue their legacy.

 For the protection and preservation of our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, I shall remain steadfast and loyal.  God bless you and God bless these United States of America.”

 

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Michele Kirk

Michele Kirk is a writer, editor, and field reporter for BizPac Review. Michele can be reached at michele@bizpacreview.com & @michelekirkbpr
About Michele Kirk

Michele Kirk is a writer, editor, and field reporter for BizPac Review. Michele can be reached at michele@bizpacreview.com & @michelekirkbpr

  • MA

    This is a good man. The election in Port St. Lucie was disgusting! Too much nonsense went on. The people didn't care that there was outright voter fraud, how sad.

    We need people with the courage to question why the Constitution of the US is being ignored. All the sheeple hate him because he doesn't sit back being lazy. Too many people are happy with status quo today & do nothing to question why the government does whatever they want with no recourse.

    When you passively give up your Freedoms, you will wake one day & realize that you are no longer free.

    Make fun all you want, you have no understanding of the history of our country if you do.

  • inga

    America needs people like this man, a very courageous man.

  • Michael

    Election fraud is not a crime against Allen West its a crime against the people of Florida. We must demand the state of Florida do a complete investigation into Patrick Murphy and the democratic party's criminal behavior in this election. A full recount must be done. If as expected a full recount of every vote changes the election results the House of Representatives can and should seat Allen West as the victor in the election. A material change in the results should also be the impetus to investigate how it occurred and if as expected it is determined this was intentional malicious fraud by partisan election officials criminal charges should be filed.

    • Theresa

      Ninety-nine ballots, but only 7 registered voters. The Supv. Of Elections is a liberal Democrat. Voter fraud, nah.

      • d_old_man

        Did you folks EVER* think that it MIGHT have been an error in the data shown? MAYBE the figure isn't 7 at all, but 107? or 207? Or 97?

        No, of COURSE you didn't. I note that you folks NEVER give the information needed to check it out… A precinct with just 7 voters? Oh, give me a break! Why don't you give Congressional District, Ward, Precinct, County — some way to verify these figures! Why DON'T you? I've tried to find information — it doesn't show up. WHY? Could it be because there IS NO SUCH PRECINCT?

        Give me the information — if you don't have it, or can't find it, I must concluded that you're blowing smoke…and probably POT.

  • Boca Legend

    Hindsight is 20/20 I know, but I've always thought that West should have stayed and fought Lois Frankel for the District 22 seat where he already had his base, and would have had a much better chance to retain his seat in Congress.

    South Florida's loss is now the nation's loss too.

    • Rich

      I thought so also.

  • Termack

    Crazy time is officially over.

  • Steve Laine

    One door closes… a bigger door opens! Am sure this will be the case for Allen!

    We wish he and his family the very best! God's blessings, Steve & Iris

  • http://yahoo Robert

    So goes the people , so goes the nation . The history books have been changed to hide the truth . Religion has changed the way we think , to hide the truth . The truth is , we are not a free country any longer . We give a little bit away where it does'nt hurt so bad . The truth of the matter is , we will wake up some day and the truth will slap u in your face . Jesus came to set us FREE , NOT MAN .

  • LawBear

    After living a life as a completely classless individual, West seems to have finally acquired a little class. I hope he retains it but I doubt it.

    • cc

      Wow! Speaking of classless and clueless and one of the masses who can't tell good from evil.

  • Kaye McElroy

    Fraud was reported in all of the states. When computers are used watch out for the results. I'd rather pencil in my vote and know it can't be changed. God is tired of a nation that has forgotten Him. Every great nation that has forgotten Him has fallen. We need to put God back in our schools, churches, court houses; make sure judges are impartial and we send good men & women to Congress and the Senate. If not, watch for judgement! Some people don't believe this can happen but look what has been happening all around out country; earthquakes, tornado's, hurricanes. They get more severe all the time and in places we have never had them.

  • Bill Petraglia Sr.

    WHAT A COMPLETE DISGRACE TO THE EDUCATED ELECTORATE OF THESE UNITED STATES, WHEN A MAN

    SUCH AS THIS IS CAST ASIDE FOR AN INCOMPETENT" RICHBOY" WITH NO EXPERIENCE. OH, IN THIS CASE

    IT WAS O.K. FOR REVERSE CLASS WARFARE TO WIN !! ACCORDING TO THE DEM'S, ROMNEY WAS TOO RICH

    TO HELP ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT MURPHY AND HIS FATHER'S DEEP POCKETS SPENT MILLIONS TO

    DEFEAT CONGRESSMAN WEST. BUT. OF COURSE, THAT DOES NOT COUNT ! WHEN THIS COUNTRY'S

    ELECTORATE IS MORE CONCERNED WITH RECEIVING GIFTS FROM" SANTA CLAUS", AND CAST ASIDE REAL

    AMERICAN ROLE MODELS SUCH AS MITT ROMNEY, A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN, AND ALLEN WEST, A

    DECORATED WAR HERO AND SCHOLAR, THE FUTURE OF THE U.S.A. DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE HEADED

    ON THE PROPER PATH TO BE THE LEADER AND ENVY OF THE WORLD.