At long last, via the Miami Herald:
Tea party firebrand Rep. Allen West conceded his re-election fight Tuesday, two weeks after the vote gave way to court appearances, two partial recounts and unending accusations by his camp that the vote count wasn’t fair.
“There are certainly still inaccuracies in the results” but not enough to change the outcome, the Republican freshman said in a statement conceding the race to Democratic newcomer Patrick Murphy.
“While a contest of the election results might have changed the vote totals, we do not have evidence that the outcome would change,” West added.
Murphy campaign manager Anthony Kusich said he was not aware of any concession call to his candidate, simply an email that was publicly distributed.
Charming to the last, eh?
I am glad Mr. West is out of Congress. It’s not because I disagreed with everything he stood for and everything he said, although that’s a big part of it. I’m glad he’s gone because he didn’t do anything. His term in Congress was a complete waste of time. He accomplished nothing other than to find a platform to shout his paranoia and quirky bile into the headlines. It was all about him and nothing about the people he was elected to represent. His record in Congress is a cypher, and while the 112th Congress accomplished very little, he accomplished even less unless you count emulating Joe McCarthy and Frank Burns as something to be proud of.
There have been a lot of men and women who have been elected to office from both parties that did very little to earn their salary or their re-election. Mr. West, though, did something very few of them did: he further tarnished the reputation of Congress, which I didn’t think was possible.
He’ll probably end up on Fox News and they’ll probably pay him a lot of money to keep saying his stupid and paranoid stuff. Fine; he can do whatever he wants as long as I’m not paying for it.