Florida’s Congressional election between Rep. Allen West and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy had been locked in “too close to call” purgatory until this morning when West announced on Fox News that he would concede the race. Murphy had been leading by less than 2,000 votes, and his lead had widened slightly after a partial recount. In a rare acknowledgement of reality, West decided pursuing a full recount would be cost prohibitive and probably wouldn’t be successful for him.
Before this year’s rash of “pro-rape” Republicans, Allen West was undoubtedly the craziest Congressperson on the hill. Let’s take a minute to look back at the highlight reel of the 10 craziest quotes of West’s career:
“The people on that plantation are upset because they’ve been disregarded, disrespected and their concerns are not cared about. I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the underground railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.”
-West on the “21st century plantation” of black voters supporting Democrats.
“I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.”
-West on the 2012 election.
“The Angel of Death in the form of an American Bald Eagle will visit you and wreak havoc and destruction upon your existence.”
-West on foreign policy, after the Benghazi attack.
“This is it. I’m going to count to five again, and if you don’t give me what I want, I’m going to kill you.”
-West to an Iraqi detainee, shortly before firing a “warning shot” a foot above the detainee’s head. (West left the military soon after.)
“I’m very concerned about this very divisive rhetoric the president is using when he continues to talk about ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ and this thing that I think is really contrary to the principles that I mentioned, as far as life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.”
-West on economic policy.
“The Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today.”
-West on social programs like Social Security and Medicare.
“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat party, because they have an incredible propaganda machine.”
-West on politics.
“I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
-West on Democrats.
“Barack Hussein Obama” is nothing more than a “low-level socialist agitator.”
-West on the President.
“I never heard the word ‘compromise’ used. So I’m starting to believe that these terms only come into play to try and force Republicans to do what the Democrats want.”
-West on legislating.
“I don’t think there’s anything divisive about me.”