Among the many blessings the LGBT community received on Election Night was the ousting of Florida Rep. Allen West, one of the most conservative members of the Republican-controlled House and a resolute homophobe.
But West must be relying on Karl Rove’s playbook because he’s still refusing to concede the race to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy—even though Murphy was declared the winner by election officials on Saturday.
West is a Queerty Douche of the Week who has said, among other thing, that gays and lesbians can change their orientation, that anti-gay job discrimination doesn’t happen, and that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will “break down the military.” The Tea Party darling also called congressional Democrats communists and said President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi should “get the hell out of the United States.”
Murphy was determined the winner by 2,442 votes—and, with 50.4% of the vote, his margin of victory is beyond the half-point threshold for a recount. But, says West campaign manager Tim Edson, “we’re simply not going to just walk away from the race until we see that the numbers add up.”
On Friday, a judge denied West’s request to impound ballots and voting machines. His campaign is still holding out for recount results in St. Lucie County, where West maintains there may have been election “irregularities.”
If the numbers don’t “add up,” we can most likely expect a protracted legal battle. Gee, contested election results in Florida that hurt a Republican? Bet that stings, don’t it?