Everyone is now focused on the new Obama administration, but it’s worth remembering that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign kicked off two years ago in January 2007. Building a successful campaign takes long months of preparation and any hope for a Republican resurgence in the 2010 mid-terms requires that prospective candidates begin organizing now.
One such candidate is Lt. Col. Allen West, who challenged Democrat Rep. Ron Klein last year in Florida’s 22nd District. With very little support from the national GOP infrastructure, and operating at a huge financial disadvantage, West nevertheless made a respectable showing, getting 45% of the vote in a district long represented by Republican Clay Shaw.
West is ready to launch his 2010 campaign, with a conference call Saturday and a Feb. 7 rally in Boca Raton and, in an e-mail to supporters, West says, “One of the keys to victory is getting his message out as early as possible and he needs your support.”