A return to Congress for Allen West?

Former U.S. Rep. Allen West (left) with a cardboard likeness of himself at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West, the fiery conservative who represented a Palm Beach-Broward congressional district for a single term from 2011 to 2013, is getting some mention as a potential 2018 U.S. House candidate.

West now lives in Texas, where his name has percolated in speculation about candidates to replace U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Tex., who announced this week he won’t seek re-election to a Dallas-area district.

 

“I didn’t move here to run for political office, but that’s some interesting news you just told me,” West told The Texas Tribune when one of its reporters informed him of Hensarling’s retirement.

West couldn’t immediately be reached for comment this morning.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. West was elected in 2010, knocking off Democratic incumbent Ron Klein during the tea party tsunami that year. In 2012, when his district was redrawn with a decided Democratic advantage, West switched to a more GOP-friendly Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 but was defeated by Democrat Patrick Murphy.

 

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