Personal thoughts on CPAC by Allen West

Written by Allen West

Today I’m traveling back to Washington DC for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). I remember my first introduction to CPAC was during my advisory assignment in Afghanistan in 2007. I had heard of the event previously, but after the November 2006 midterm debacle and the ascendancy of the liberal progressives’ I took a keener notice.

It was in January 2007 during my 10-day leave from theater that I met with Donna Brosemer at a restaurant in Delray Beach before redeploying when she asked me to consider running for US Congress. Watching and reading about CPAC from afar helped me begin to ascertain whether or not I wanted to pursue that endeavor. And in May 2007, I came home for a short visit and made the decision to run.

The first CPAC I ever attended was in 2008. What an experience. There I was, just two months back from a two-and-a-half year assignment in Afghanistan — I recall doing interviews from Kandahar and writing missives to garner folks’ attention. A special hat tip to Pam Geller and her Atlas Shrugs blog for publishing my reports. And there I was at CPAC in 2008, unknown and just trying to meet influential conservatives.

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