The Tea Party Leadership Fund announced Wednesday that it is doing everything it can to convince Allen West to run again in 2014 for the House of Representatives seat he lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy in the last election.
The political action committee, which has deployed more than $1 million to other tea party candidates around the country, encouraged supporters in a fundraising E-mail to donate to the effort and sign a "Draft Allen West" petition "so that he knows just how loud the call is by 'We the People' to have his voice back in his service." The leadership fund cited Larry Sabato's rating of Patrick Murphy as "most vulnerable" Democrat as motivation.
And Revive America, the super PAC that ran ads in support of West's failed recount effort, says it would also contribute money to this effort. "Revive America PAC has always supported Allen West, and we will continue to do so," founder Bob Adams tells Whispers.
But Adams says he believes Florida may not be a big enough stage for Allen West. "He is truly a national figure," he says. "Allen West is graced with the courage, charisma, and the rare force of personality required to lead the revival of America out of the death throes of an Obama Second Term."
A Facebook page "Allen West for President" has more than 10,000 supporters.
Though West has said he won't run for another term in Florida—and certainly hasn't indicated a sure run at the presidency—he has made efforts to stay in the national spotlight. He plans to launch an online TV show this month and will speak at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference this March. He also gave supporters hope after his loss in November when he told NPR to "always remember, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too."