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Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
11-08-2012, 09:54 AM
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Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press
Published 11:27 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Allen West was poised for a legal fight in his closely watched race Wednesday even as Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy declared a razor-thin victory.

West, the south Florida Republican who has made headlines nationally for his fiery tea party rhetoric, filed motions asking a judge to require elections officials to impound ballots and voting machines. Separately, his campaign alleged "disturbing irregularities" at the polls and called for a recount.

The conservative congressman has refused to concede, but Murphy seized on the projections of several news organizations, declaring himself the victor after a long and often vicious campaign. It was unclear what effect West's actions could have on Murphy's 2,456-vote lead in the unofficial count, but the Republican's hopes appeared to be fading.

"You can always file a lawsuit," said constitutional lawyer Bob Jarvis of Nova Southeastern University, "but I don't see that as a viable option."

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Rep-W...018736.php

This is from yesterday, has West conceded yet? Leave it to him to be a sore loser.

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11-08-2012, 10:01 AM
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RE: Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
According to the Palm Beach Post he has not conceded yst.

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/opinionzo...t-concede/

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11-08-2012, 10:04 AM
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Wonder if he will try and go back to his military roots
and try torturing a few people. This man much go away

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11-08-2012, 10:22 AM
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RE: Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
He's making a fool of himself, no surprise there.

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11-08-2012, 10:47 AM
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RE: Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
(11-08-2012 10:22 AM)jaxx Wrote:  He's making a fool of himself, no surprise there.

That ship sailed a long time ago.

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11-09-2012, 08:26 AM
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RE: Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:00 AM PST
Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Refusing to concede, Allen West heads to court
by David Nir for Daily Kos Elections

FL-18: So even though GOP Rep. Allen West trails Patrick Murphy by 0.8%—more than the half-a-percent margin which would enable him to seek a recount—and even though the remaining absentee ballots look very unlikely to change that picture, this is what he's doing:

West has filed an injunction against Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties supervisor of elections to impound their voting machines and paper ballots. West also is demanding a hand recount in St. Lucie County.

Allen West doing something crazy and contrary to the law? Unheard of! Anyhow, a court hearing was set to take place in Palm Beach late Thursday afternoon but was rescheduled for Friday; a hearing in St. Lucie may also happen Friday. While their position looks solid, Murphy's campaign has issued a fundraising appeal to help defray the legal bills they've suddenly started running up. (I don't know if it's happening in this case, but Republican law firms are notorious for deploying their associates pro bono to help candidates in need. More like faux bono, amirite?) We will of course keep following all developments here closely, so stay tuned.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/09...ily+Kos%29

Won't he have to pay for the recount himself?

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11-09-2012, 08:34 AM
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RE: Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
(11-09-2012 08:26 AM)jaxx Wrote:  Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:00 AM PST
Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Refusing to concede, Allen West heads to court
by David Nir for Daily Kos Elections

FL-18: So even though GOP Rep. Allen West trails Patrick Murphy by 0.8%—more than the half-a-percent margin which would enable him to seek a recount—and even though the remaining absentee ballots look very unlikely to change that picture, this is what he's doing:

West has filed an injunction against Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties supervisor of elections to impound their voting machines and paper ballots. West also is demanding a hand recount in St. Lucie County.

Allen West doing something crazy and contrary to the law? Unheard of! Anyhow, a court hearing was set to take place in Palm Beach late Thursday afternoon but was rescheduled for Friday; a hearing in St. Lucie may also happen Friday. While their position looks solid, Murphy's campaign has issued a fundraising appeal to help defray the legal bills they've suddenly started running up. (I don't know if it's happening in this case, but Republican law firms are notorious for deploying their associates pro bono to help candidates in need. More like faux bono, amirite?) We will of course keep following all developments here closely, so stay tuned.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/09...ily+Kos%29

Won't he have to pay for the recount himself?

Not sure of the exact law in Florida but I suppose if the margin is over the threshold for an automatic recount he would have to pay.

I think that is the point of the lawsuits. He knows it won't be that close so he wants to get the courts to intervene claiming fraud or "irregularities" as he politely put it. In the meantime the state and Murphy are forced to send lawyers into court costing both of them lots of $$$.

It may backfire on him even if he wins in court. It is not unlikely, IMHO, for the court to order an audit or recount and rule that costs for that will be paid by West's campaign should his charges prove unfounded.

Anyway it gives me a reason to keep tuned to the news and DFP today.

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11-09-2012, 09:25 AM
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RE: Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
West is not conceding, cites himself as the cause?

(West is an irregularity roflmao )

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11-09-2012, 09:59 AM
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RE: Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
The only "irregularity" is that West lost and the result does not meet the legal requirement for an automatic recount. Teabaggers are not known for being fair or rational.
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11-09-2012, 12:02 PM (This post was last modified: 11-09-2012 12:03 PM by cannae1.)
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RE: Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
West will go away eventually. let him wail and gnash his teeth, prior to going away. But, go away he will.
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11-09-2012, 01:31 PM
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West's motion denied!
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2012/nov/09/j...voting-in/

Quote:Circuit Court Judge David F. Crow denied Allen West's motion for injunction to impound voting machines and paper ballots in Palm Beach County.

The judge said West's request was "entirely premature," given that the official results haven't been determined since unofficial results are due Saturday afternoon...

"I think this was basically, I hate to say it, but kind of a political stunt because there was nothing here," [Gerald] Richman [a lawyer for Patrick Murphy] said after the hearing. "They had no evidence. They had no basis. There's no basis in law; in fact, he's basically asking the judge to legislate from the bench, which Republicans don't want judges to do."

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11-09-2012, 03:21 PM
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RE: Rep. West not conceding, cites 'irregularities'
(11-09-2012 01:31 PM)JeffR Wrote:  http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2012/nov/09/j...voting-in/

Quote:Circuit Court Judge David F. Crow denied Allen West's motion for injunction to impound voting machines and paper ballots in Palm Beach County.

The judge said West's request was "entirely premature," given that the official results haven't been determined since unofficial results are due Saturday afternoon...

"I think this was basically, I hate to say it, but kind of a political stunt because there was nothing here," [Gerald] Richman [a lawyer for Patrick Murphy] said after the hearing. "They had no evidence. They had no basis. There's no basis in law; in fact, he's basically asking the judge to legislate from the bench, which Republicans don't want judges to do."

If the judges do what they want, that's proper and correct judicial action. If they don't, then they're "activist judges".
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11-09-2012, 05:53 PM
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Exactly. This "activist judges" crap
is a favorite GOP hobby horse, but only until one of them thinks he can avail himself of a court decision.

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