By JAVIER MANJARRESThe Shark Tank has been speculating this move for many moons. Allen West will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, if Senator Marco Rubio wins the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.
Florida former Rep. Allen West said if Sen. Marco Rubio runs for president in 2016, “of course” he’ll run for the open Senate seat.
“If that became an open seat, of course I would run. I have a good statewide appeal and a lot of people would like me to get back on Capitol Hill”-Allen West (Politico)
Here is what we wrote last month:
There has been talk that West may be interested in running for the U.S. Senate, possibly in 2018, or in 2016, depending on whether or not Rubio wins the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. Woah! Let’s slow down here. First, Rubio would have to commit to run for President, and if he won the nomination, Rubio may have to relinquish his Senate seat to be able to run an effective nationwide presidential campaign.-SourceHere is what we wrote back in 2011 about why West should have ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012:
Congressman West’s name ID is increasing everyday across the country through plenty of earned media appearances and memorable YouTube ‘performances’. Like Senator Marco Rubio, West has the ‘Tea Party’ and the base of the Republican party already sewn up- in addition to his burgeoning national support. If West were to jump in the Senate race either late this year or early next year, his national exposure would guarantee huge donations from Floridians and from Americans from across the country –Source
If Rubio decides to stay in the Senate, expect West to run for Senate in 2018, as Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is rumored to be considering retirement, and most likely will not seek another term in office.
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