Rep. Allen West will ride his Honda into Florida-18. He will not run in FL-22. After a week of low level grumbling by GOP supporters of West’s regarding whether he was “targeted” with a bad redistricting hand — he is making a decision to move his congressional campaign to Florida’s new 18th district. West raises roughly $1.5 million every 3 months so he will bring plenty of cash with him. The Democrats are very likely to pick up FL-22 as a result of his decision.
From the Washington Post: “Congressman Rooney is a statesman and has been an honorable public servant to the constituents of Florida’s 16th Congressional district,” West said, referring to Rooney’s current district, which is re-numbered from 16 to 18 under the new plan. “It is my goal to continue the success Congressman Rooney has had in Florida’s 16th Congressional district in the newly proposed 18th district. I welcome the challenges and excitement that lie ahead.”