- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 10, 2013

Former Rep. Allen West, a tea party darling who now heads a political action group to elect constitutional conservatives, gave his personal endorsement Wednesday to four candidates seeking congressional seats in 2014, calling them genuine patriots with principled stances.

His endorsements, as reported by Sunshine State News: E.W. Jackson, running for lieutenant governor in Virginia; Dan Bongino, hoping to unseat Maryland Democrat Rep. John Delaney; Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, in her rematch against Rep. Jim Matheson for his Utah seat on Capitol Hill; and Rep. Tom Cotton, who’s seeking to take Arkansas Democrat Rep. Mark Pryor’s seat.

“More than ever before, America needs more principled, conservative patriots serving in our government — in Washington, state houses and city and town halls throughout the country,” Mr. West said in a written statement on Wednesday.


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He runs the Allen West Guardian Fund, created he said to “elect 14 new hard-charging constitutional conservatives in 2014 who are either minorities or veterans to help put this nation back on track.”

Mr. West, meanwhile, hasn’t ruled out a reentry to his own political career. He said he is mulling a run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio, if that Florida senator decides to vie for the White House in 2016.