U.S. Rep. Allen West speaks at GOP dinner in Greencastle


Franklin County Commissioner David S. Keller talks to U.S. Rep. Allen West Thursday night at the Franklin County (Pa.) Republican Party's first Eisenhower Day Dinner. West was the kenote speaker at the event which was held at Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle, Pa. (By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer)

Freeland, a Mercersburg, Pa., resident, started paying attention to the freshman congressman’s interviews in the national media months ago. He was excited to learn West would be visiting Franklin County.

“I think he speaks very directly. He speaks from a good, solid background,” Freeland said.

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said he invited West to attend the event at Green Grove Gardens after the Franklin County GOP asked for assistance in finding a speaker. Shuster and West both serve on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee as well as a newly formed panel that focuses on defense spending and private businesses.

“He says what he thinks,” Shuster said of West. “That’s his style, and it works very well.”



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