Former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said he was open to a primary challenge against Sen. Marco Rubio when he’s up for re-election in 2016.
West appeared on Washington, D.C. radio station WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” and confirmed that although he’d be riding the 2014 midterm election season out, he was open to getting back into the game in 2016. That gave the program host an idea.
“In 2016, Marco Rubio is going to be up for re-election –”
“Oh, I see where you’re going,” West interjected.
“– and there are a lot of disaffected Floridians,” the host continued. “I hear them. Listen, he rode into town here as a hero of the Tea Party, and really wanted to get back to protecting that Constitution and getting back to Constitutional principles. He came in the same time you did, and you know, you both came in with that same spirit. His activity with that immigration reform bill, the fact that he’s on Chuck Schumer’s side of the issue. It’s really leaving people in a strange place with Marco Rubio, I think. And I gotta ask, there’s a lot of people whispering maybe he should be primaried in 2016. What about an Allen West primary challenge to that senate seat?”
“That’s a pretty heavy lift, because you’re talking about running against a sitting senator, and then, of course, that creates that schism that the other side would love to see happen,” said West. When pressed further on the possibility by WMAL’s Larry O’Connor.
“Chirping… chirping… chirping…,” replied West. You could almost see the smile on his face as he said this.
“If I see people that are not taking our country down the right path, if I see people that are not standing up for the right type of principles, and putting their own party politics before what is best for the United States of America,” West indicated he might make a run.
“Do we need to do something about immigration? Absolutely,” said West. “This whole ‘comprehensive’ thing – I think the bill now is up to 1,075 pages – Once again, the American people don’t trust that,” he added.
West said other things needed fixing before immigration.
“You need tax reform, you need unemployment insurance reform. We need to get Americans back to work, and that’s the most important thing,” said West.
But back to a run against Rubio.
“We’ll see what happens down the pike,” said West. “God will set my feet on the right path.”