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Possible Democrat Plant to Face Allen West in GOP Primary?

By Javier Manjarres

The Miami Herald is reporting that Martin County Sheriff  Robert Crowder will enter the Republican primary race in the yet to be finalized 18th Congressional District that will have him facing off against Congressman Allen West.  Crowder’s entrance to the race is very peculiar, as his endorsement of Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink in 2010 over now Governor Rick Scott is still very much remembered by Martin County Republicans.

Crowder has a long career in law enforcement, having served as Martin County sheriff for 20 years and as an undersheriff in St. Lucie County before that. in 2010, he appeared in a controversial campaign ad on behalf of Democrat Alex Sink in which he warned about the prospects of a Scott administration.-Miami Herald

It’s fair to speculate- is Sheriff Crowder a Democrat plant in the Republican field that is being positioned to ultimately help Patrick Murphy, West’s likely general election opponent?   While it’s isn’t concrete proof- yet- that Crowder’s candidacy is an orchestrated move against Congressman West, if there was some intra-party “encouragement” for him to run, you can bet that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz likely had a hand in it.


Here’s the campaign video of Sheriff Crowder endorsing Democrat Alex Sink in the 2010 Gubernatorial race against Republican Governor Rick Scott.

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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

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28 Comments

  1. Debra P February 15, 2012 at 2:33 am

    It only makes sense to “vote local” if that “local” has a history of having good job performance. In Crowder’s case, this would be his record for enforcing the law evidenced by crime statistics for his area. Allen West clearly has more qualifications than Crowder and Murphy combined, which seems to be the unintended message being telegraphed by the Dems.

  2. Dmitry February 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Am I correct that in accordance with some rule police MUST stay out of politics? How can this pencil pusher in uniform be so active in spewing his political agenda?

    • techquad February 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Wether an active officer of the law can run, or not is a good question.
      THE BIG BUT is how come a man with potentially 2 pensions from differant cities, now want to get in on another pension, that if not changed soon would mean pension #3 and for life…such is the way of most police and firemen pensions systems.. but I speak on this only from afar and do not know the facts in his case. Just in general this seems so prevelant in all states that this is the basis of my comment.
      Stop early retirement and make pensions qualification after age 55 at minimum with 30 years service for full benefits. Better yet, put them on a 401 plan or SS only, It just is sickly. WA state put pensions at age 53 for police, firemen and I believe higher for teachers. A lot ofd squeeling was put out. That was a few years ago, perhaps the Dems changed it back to 20 and out at 90% plus,based the last year at gross earnings, not salary.. you know sick leave and vacation accural into final year to boost lifetime payout,,,stupid stuff all over the country. this stuff goes on till a city or county or state goes broke and files for bankrupcy. Never ever let the Feds bailthem out, cause it is just more money to give away.

    • Ken February 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      The county sheriff is a political office, so it’s really hard for them to “stay out of politics.” When election time comes, the sheriffs do run as Republicans and Democrats.

      Perhaps you were thinking of the military, which is precluded by law from engaging in political activity while in uniform.

    • Nezar Hamze April 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

      Dmitry,

      A life long public servant is not a “Pencil Pusher”. Please re frame from insulting this man. Sheriff’s are elected officials and campaign just like any other politician. A lot of Republicans grow tired of West’s school boy insults.

      Have some respect for our Law Enforcement !

      • nopc July 5, 2012 at 11:54 am

        Silly man taqiyya is for kids! God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who don’t. You are cursed..seek Yasu fast! You are no friend of Law Enforcement…the good cops or the bad cops.

  3. Michael Harris February 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

    As a Palm Beach Gardens Republican, I am delighted that I can vote for Col. West in the primary. Not sure why it was done by a Republican controlled legislature, but Col. West is a great American.

    • Wes Evans February 15, 2012 at 10:44 am

      I have meet Lt Col West and he is a very well qualified and impressive individual. He is exactly the kind of representative the Republican party needs. He is a well grounded conservative who is a supporter of constitutional government.It is not surprising that the Democrats have targeted him. It would be a surprise if they did not. John Evans Jr. long time Republican, retired Ag business executive and Lt Col USMCR ret.

  4. GE February 15, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Javier…you got it right…”you can bet that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz likely had a hand in it.”

    and therein lies our answer. however, one can also look at it from another angle…’both the dnc and establishment republicans had a hand in it.”

  5. Sandi Trusso February 15, 2012 at 10:45 am

    If this man running against Cong. West is truly a Democrat “Plant”, then it is just one more indiction of how good Allen West actually is. They want to get rid of him and anyone else who can stop their radical leftist agenda. Personally, I don’t even think the Republican “good ‘ol boys” want him, because they want someone they can control, and Allen West is not that person! (which is why they don’t want Newt Gingrich either… he is briliant, and is his own person, not the puppet they want him to be!)

    Allen West, Newt Gingrich, Marco Rubio and a few others, are among the few American men left these days, who have not been emasculated, and are still what I consider to be, part of a dying breed (these truly, real men who do not allow radical feminists… who are male wannabees… to define who they are, and don’t allow these radicals to beat them down cowering into a corner every time they’re accused of being against women’s rights. Cong. West only opposes THEIR (meaning the radical feminists and the emasculated men) definition of women’s rights! And if the handful of women who support this group really knew what their definition, and goals are, they would be opposed to this ridiculously radical definition as well (unless they’re part of the “male wannabee” group)! The rest of the well-informed American women (who are the majority of women) who actually know their true agenda and goals, have been fighting against these people for years, and are still in opposition to these goals!

    Go, Cong. West! We love you and everything you stand for!

    • Patriot February 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Completely agree, Sandi. Would and have gladly carried the banner to elect Ret. Col. Allen West. He is TRUE AMERICAN, heart and soul. I just wish he would run for POTUS, if not this year, then in the near future! Am sure that is why the Dems/libs/progressives are working diligently against him and that includes the RINOs who are part of the inside-the-beltway elites, who do NOT want a patriotic, conservative POTUS in our WH. They mouth the words, as does OWEbama, but their actions are far louder and different. It is past time for We the People to have our united voices heard in DC. I, for one, am sick of their ignoring us and thinking they know better than we do on how to help the USA regain her stature. A vote for Congressman West is a vote for the USA!

    • NANGLO February 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Boy, did you hit the nail smack on the head. I agree 200 percent with everything you stated. Thank you.

  6. Sandi Trusso February 15, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Allen West, Newt Gingrich, Marco Rubio and a few others, are among the few American men left these days, who have not been emasculated, and are still what I consider to be, part of a dying breed (these truly, real men who do not allow radical, male wannabee,feminists, to define who they are, and don’t allow these radicals to beat them down cowering into a corner every time they’re accused of being against women’s rights. Cong. West only opposes THEIR (meaning the radical feminists, like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and the emasculated men) definition of women’s rights! And if the handful of women who still support this group really knew what their definition, and goals are, they would be opposed to this ridiculously radical definition as well (unless they’re part of the “male wannabee” group)! The rest of the well-informed American women (who are in the majority of women) who actually know their true agenda and goals, have been fighting against these people for years, and are still in opposition to these goals!

    Go, Cong. West! We love you and everything you stand for!

  7. Henry February 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    God forbid a Sheriff should oppose a a businessman who has stolen millions of dollars from taxpayers with his company in a race for Governor.
    Perhaps he as well as many in the House Leadership are tired of all these Tea Party idiots damaging the Republican Party.
    Oh yeah and don’t forget that no one likes to carpetbagged.

    • Patriot February 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

      And Alex Sink and her husband are lily white – I don’t think so. Been here since ’72 and know the history of politics in this State. Do SOME research, Henry. As for TEA Party members damaging the Repub Party – LOL. Too bad you’re such a progressive/lib who swallows the propaganda/rhetoric of the lefties – just another one who is out to ruin the USA. If anything, the TEA Party has strengthened the Repubs – but understand this TEA Party members do NOT support ONLY one party. They look at the individuals and if the candidate is a fiscal conservative who believes in the Constitution – that candidate will garner support. There is NO leader to the TEA Party – it is comprised of We the People and we WILL be heard – long, loud, and clearly!

      • Debra P February 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

        Spot on, Patriot!
        Obviously some people are just ALIV (Another Low Information Voter).

    • Betty C. Sourk February 16, 2012 at 7:12 am

      It is so wonderful to live in a country where we can call people “idiots” without having the police come to the front door and take us away never to be seen again. You are blessed and to silly to know it.
      Have you ever lived outside of the USA? Have you ever traveled to Europe and go to know the Germans, British, Dutch, Belgies, French,Thai, Australians? Think before you open your mouth and reveal the person you really are!

  8. Joel Molinari February 15, 2012 at 11:06 am

    real shocker that a “republican sheriff” (a guy who is a liberal and knew he could never win in martin county with a D next to his name and a D platform) comes out as a rino to try to oust a real patriot. the old bait and switch politics is being unmasked and overthrown one district at a time. i’m a couple counties north of martin and we have some establishment wonks here too. we need many more patriots to step up to run and to voice our support for genuine citizen representation.

  9. Jacqueline L February 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

    They (d*** politicos) could run Jeb Bush there and i would still vote for Lt Col Allen West. There is no candidate they might choose who has more integrity, intelligence and courage than our Allen West.

  10. Gayle F. February 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Lt. Col Allen West, is a great American who listens to the people he represents and takes that message to Washington, where no one listens. I’d be proud to vote for him again

  11. Lowie February 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

    This is a call to all conservative constitutionalists to support Lt. Col. Allen West. We need this fine man in Washington D. C. to educate the politicians who have insulated themselves as permanent fixtures like Debbie Wasserman Schultz who believes centralized government is good for the union. The DNC is afraid of Col. West’s vision for our country that gives the power back to the states and it’s people through a limited government with a strong defense that adheres to the oath to obey and protect the Constitution. Put your money where your mouth is folks. Fight for our country by electing Col. West.

  12. Lightweight February 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    This is why the GOP has been rejected by the People as the answer to the DNC,they are too closely the same.

  13. Carlos February 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Nothing sillier than a lib lawman, LOL. Nothing new, either. When Rep. Fred Costello ran for his seat (Nov. 2010) his opponent was a police guy with the full union funding. Fred whooped him, anyhow, and so will West.

  14. CT5 February 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    There is a very interesting connection between Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder, Alex Sink’s husband William McBride and approx. $9 million payment in 1997 (as part of a $325 million IPO) made personally to a Mark Sapperstein.

    FYI at DISBAR THE FLORIDA BAR Program #32 archives

  15. Alf February 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I am still disappointed with R. Crowder’s support for A. Sink, and am not surprised with his continued support for the Dems. He probably wants to enter the campaign so that he can get his _ss handed to him. He lost a lot of supporters here in Martin Cty. as a result of his Sink adventure.

  16. michael February 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    The democratic party is a white racist party that believes the only African Americans who should be allowed in congress must represent African American districts.

    The party of Jefferson Davis has not elected a single African American member of congress from a white majority district. Every single African American in congress representing white majority districts is a Republican. The democratic party is so racist against African Americans that when a African American was nominated to run against Marco Rubio, a latino, they abandoned their own party’s nominee to support a white former Republican Charlie Crist.

    The only reason the democratic party is working so hard against Allen West is that he is an African American violating their rule by representing what they consider a “White candidates only” district. Their entire campaign is to replace Rep West with the white person for the job.

  17. Betty February 17, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I haven’t seen a white person to match West or black for that matter. West should be in the white house. this cite is getting so stupid you put in the captcha code and it tell you you entered the wrong code

  18. echo177 February 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I am a Palm Beach Gardens Independent, and am so excited Allen West is moving in to my district. I worked for his campaign when he was down south and will do it again and again! Do not think for a moment Debbie Shultz did not have a hand in this! She is Pelosi’s *(&^, but its okay, we Love Allen West and are behind him all the way.