Well, here's one way to explain the $3 million difference between the fundraising totals of Rep. Allen West ($4.1 million) and hopeful Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy ($1.1 million): 50,000 Tea Party "whacktivists" across the country are signing checks made out to West.
That's from an email the Murphy campaign sent out to supporters last night, coupled with Murphy's interpretation of the latest GOP presidential debate.
It's hard to verify whether 50,000 "whacktivists" sent checks to West -- in part because it's not a real word -- although his donors are supporting a man who has announced a prophecy that the United States of America will cease to exist in 24 years.
Then again, West has also made it clear: "I am no extremist."
Well, he also made it clear that he is an extremist.
Let's ignore the details and focus on the amusing email.
Here's the text:
If you saw last night's Republican presidential debate, I'm sure that like me, you were struck by the extreme rhetoric and positions of each of the candidates. Although they are far out of step with the mainstream in America, it is clear now, more than ever, the Tea Party is driving the national dialogue for Republicans and trying to force their ultra right-wing agenda on our country.
I started my campaign for Congress seven months ago because I could no longer sit back and let the Tea Party hijack our country by dismantling the middle-class and stripping us of our civil liberties.
Last week, my Republican opponent and Tea Party darling Allen West released his fundraising numbers for the quarter. Overall, he has raised $4 million from 50,000 Tea Party "whacktivists" across the country. ALLEN WEST AND THE TEA PARTY MUST BE STOPPED NOW!
Let's show them that progressives like us ARE the majority in this country -- the mainstream.
I am challenging you to contribute $10 to my campaign today and to then forward this email on to three friends who will sign-up to support my campaign.
HELP ME STOP THE TEA PARTY NOW! Take action today or FOREVER DRINK THE TEA!
With warm regards,
Patrick Erin Murphy, CPA
Maybe West is planning on giving Murphy the David Brady/Ron Klein treatment -- ya know, the "we're going to give him a Southern-fried butt-whoopin' come next Tuesday" plan.
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