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The Hispanic Allen West?

By Javier Manjarres

The conservative movement is fortunate to count amongst its ranks several principled individuals who can effectively and unapologetically articulate conservatism and take the fight to liberal progressives- Congressman Allen West comes immediately to mind. And for conservatives who are looking for reinforcements who will get Congressman West’s back in Congress, it looks like we’ve found yet another one prepared to do so.

Retired Air Force Colonel Evelio ‘EJ’ Otero is from Miami, and he’s not kidding around- he’s a down the line conservative Republican of Cuban descent. I sat down with Otero for an interview where I was able to get a better grasp of his views and his newly announced candidacy for U.S. Congress.

Otero reminds me a lot of West in that he is unafraid to speak his mind, and he carries himself with a high degree of military-bred integrity and demeanor. Otero strikes me as someone who can put a conservative smackdown on liberals, in both English and en ‘Espanol.’ Otero is running against Democratic congresswoman Kathy Castor in the Tampa area, who is considered by many in Republican circles to be Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ ‘mini-me.’

The Combat Veterans for Congress, a group who was the first to endorse Congressman Allen West, has also recently come out in support of Otero.

To learn more about E.J. Otero, visit his website here

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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The Hispanic Allen West?

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