Rep. Allen B. West, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington last month, has been in Congress only since January, but there already is talk of a Senate run in 2012 or possibly a spot on the presidential ticket. But first, he says, "I've got to prove myself as a capable legislator, political leader." (Associated Press)

Rep. Allen B. West, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington last month, has been in Congress only since January, but there already is talk of a Senate run in 2012 or possibly a spot on the presidential ticket. But first, he says, "I've got to prove myself as a capable legislator, political leader." (Associated Press)