The Washington Times - June 11, 2012, 12:19PM

Judging from Rep. Allen West’s first TV ad of his 2012 re-election campaign, which debuted today, viewers could be forgiven if they mistake the Florida Republican as a long-shot upstart and not the freshman incumbent that he is.

And for a congressman with an astonishingly large campaign war chest worth $7.6 million at the end of March — more than triple the amount of anyone else running for the House from the Sunshine State — South Florida voters can likely expect more ads to hit the airwaves from the outspoken lawmaker in the months leading up to the November election.

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“Washington is broken. But we will fix it,” Mr. West says in the ad, which is peppered with images of military personnel. The congressman was a career Army officer before being elected in 2010.

Click here to view Mr. West’s 60-second ad

The ad concludes with these lines: “Some say that I push too hard, that I ask too much. My response — I’m just getting started. That’s the American way.”

Mr. West, a tea party favorite when he was first elected to office, faces a primary challenge from Martin County Sheriff Bob Crowder, who has raised nearly $27,000 through March, the latest campaign finance date available from the Federal Election Commission. Democratic frontrunner Patrick Murphy has raised $1.8 million, more than any other challenger running for the House in Florida.