By: Raquel Okyay
Republican Allen West was elected to the United States Congress representing Florida’s 22nd district in the Tea Party wave of 2010. West is the first black Republican Congressmen from Florida since 1876, when Rep. Josiah Walls left office. He is known as rock star Republican, Tea Party Caucus stalwart and unabashed Constitutionalist.
Congressman West’s down-to-earth, southern charm reigns in supporters of all colors and cultures from both sides of the aisle. What makes West so unique is that he is unafraid to speak his clever mind and steam rolls ahead without fear of rebuke, promoting conservative principles that often get lost in the business-as-usual attitude that plagues Washington.
West is a war hero, with more than 20 years active duty service in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. Respect for West in this capacity is unending.
Dr. Richard Berry explains in “A Missing Link in Leadership” the relationship West absorbed among his battalion. “The love Lt. Col. West displayed as an individual and toward a group is quite obvious…I saw evidence of love transcending the space or relation between individuals and identified a genuine love Lt. Col. West had for an institution – the U.S. Army, and his organization – Lt. Col. West’s battalion.”
Indeed, West is a man of honor and humility, referring to his battalion as counterparts not subordinates. “I loved my men and their protection was always my greatest consideration. We would always accomplish our assigned mission but never would I unnecessarily risk their lives, and if it called for that, then I would be there as well.”
After serving our country so well, West would go on to serve his community as a high school teacher in Florida, and serving our nation mentoring Afghanistan officers as a government contractor. West gave us one good term as a congressman, and now he is requesting a second term from his constituents in the November election. How does anyone say no to a proven American hero?
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