If you’re not familiar with Congressman-elect Allen West from Florida, you should check him out. He’s a staunch conservative that fought hard and won his battle in FL-22 to become the first black Republican from Florida since the 1870’s.
This man is a fighter to the core, and just to provide a little more evidence in support of that claim he’s announced his plans to join the Congressional Black Caucus when he arrives in Washington, D.C. in January 2011. He’s not going to Washington to fit in, but to shake it up:
Congressman-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) said he plans to join the Congressional Black Caucus next year.
West, one of two black Republicans elected to Congress in Tuesday’s election, said he plans to join the Democratic-dominated bloc, to challenge, in West word’s, the CBC’s “monolithic voice.”
“I plan on joining, I’m not gonna ask for permission or whatever, I’m gonna find out when they meet and I will be a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and I think I meet all of the criteria and it’s so important that we break down this ‘monolithic voice’ that continues to talk about victimization and dependency in the black community,” West said on WOR radio.
“We’ve got to turn this thing around, and I think it’s time for some different voices to be in that body politic,” he added.
Just how awesome is that? For years Republicans have been stuck with go along to get along Republicans like Lindsey Graham and John McCain, and as a result have only compromised our principles while getting nothing in return. It’s refreshing to see such a strong warrior go to Washington to fight for the original values of the Republican party: more freedom and less government intrusion into our lives.
Go get’em Allen!