(February 7, 1961- )
Born in Atlanta, Georgia
Retired Lt Colonel in the United States Army
Veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
BS from the University of Tennessee, MS from Kansas State both in Political Science, Master of Military Arts from the United States Army Command and General Staff College
Winner of the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal
Won the seat for Florida's 22nd Congressional District in the 2010 mid-term election
First black Republican from Florida to serve in Congress since Reconstruction
Why he might be annoying
He was accused of war crimes when he fired his pistol near the head of a prisoner during interrogation.
He went from war hero to being a politician.
After retiring, he was injured in Afghanistan while working as a civilian adviser.
He's kind of goofy looking, especially when he is wearing glasses.
From the annals of ridiculously tired political firebranding, he accused 80 Democrats in the House of Representatives of being Communists at a town hall meeting (April 11, 2012).
He was so proud of himself for his Communist comments, his campaign released the video of said town hall meeting to the public.
Why he might not be annoying
When asked about the incident which led the charges against him, he said, 'I'd go through hell with a gasoline can for my men,' and pointed out that as their commanding officer if they were killed, he would be writing letters to their families and not to the regulations that got them killed.
The prisoner (who was not physically injured) he was accused of mistreating had information about a series of past and future terrorists attacks on West's men and revealed a plot against West's own life. After the prisoner confessed there were no more attacks on West's men in the prisoner's home town.
Although his planned court martial was dropped due to a public outcry, he was still fined 5,000 dollars and forced to retire.
He works to help other American service personnel who he believes were unfairly imprisoned for alleged war crimes.
He has taught high school and once said 'Education is the great equalizer...with a good education any child in America can live his dream.'
Keith Olbermann hates him and refers to him as a 'disgrace.'
Seriously, who would you rather trust your soldier son's life with, West or Olbermann and his ilk who hate him?
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 10 Votes: 70.0% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 201 Votes: 57.21% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 57 Votes: 56.14% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 524 Votes: 52.48% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 255 Votes: 49.80% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 5081 Votes: 75.02% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 5528 Votes: 70.68% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 206 Votes: 47.09% Annoying
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