Allen West, Florida's controversial and tea-party-backed candidate for Congress, was accused recently by NBC News of being connected to the Outlaws motorcycle gang.
The Huffington Post reported Monday that West's campaign fired back. They claim the Outlaws do "not accept blacks, Jews or gays." While they might not initiate West as a "1%-er," or a brother who lives and breathes the Outlaw reputation, that doesn't stop him from having connections to the dangerous gang.
The evidence seems to have piled up:
1. West appeared at a constitutional rights rally in August
While there, he was photographed shaking the hands of motorcycle gang members connected to the Outlaws.
2. West's articles appear in a motorcycle magazine that advocates the Outlaws
West is a monthly contributor to the Sunrise-based "Wheels on the Road" motorcycle magazine, which advocates the Outlaws.
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
3. West defended the Outlaws when cautioned by a supporter
NBC reported that when West was cautioned by a supporter about his affiliation to the gang, he wrote back asking the supporter to limit use of the word criminal in reference to the group. He also said "I was never more amazed at how members of the Outlaws guarded me during an interview."
West's campaign is denying these claims by calling NBC's reporting a "political hatchet job by the liberal mainstream media."
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