FORT LAUDERDALE — Scoring points within south Florida political circles is none other than Broward GOP Chairman Richard DeNapoli.
In a not too surprising move last week on the popular FOX News show “Hannity,” former GOP Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity that she would like to see Rep. Allen West considered for the No. 2 slot on the Republican ticket.
HANNITY: “You had an interesting comment earlier today where you suggested that whoever the nominee should go rogue, familiar term for you, in terms of their choice for V.P. What would be a rogue choice? Who would you like to see if you could pick maybe three or four people to suggest?”
PALIN: “Specific names? Top of my list is Allen West. I love that he has that military experience. He is a public servant willing to serve for the right reasons. He understands the Constitution. He understands our national foreign policy issues that must be addressed. He has served. I really like him.”
PHILLIPS: “What do you think? Vice president Allen West? Would you consider it if you were asked?”
WEST: “Well, first of all, happy Easter to you, Kyra. And when you consider the fact that five years ago I was sitting in the desert of Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a civilian military adviser and training to the Afghan army, no one would have ever thought that I’d be a congressional representative for here in south Florida and speaking to you today.
“So we don’t know which path your life may take and if someone were to believe that I have a capacity to serve this country at a higher level is very humbling, very honorable.
“And as I did back in 1982, as my father did, as my older brother did, as my young nephew does, we will continue to serve this country in whatever capacity we can.”
PHILLIPS: “OK. So bottom line, you’re telling me yes, if Mitt Romney comes to you and says, ‘I want you on the ticket with me, I want you to be my vice president,’ you would say yes?”
WEST: “Yes, well, right now, you know, the focus is, of course, being a good congressional representative.
“But if someone were to make that call to me, which I really doubt is ever going to happen, you would have to make sure that it is something that God would ordain for you, and you’d have to talk to your wife, my wife and my two daughters about.
“But we have always stepped up to the plate to serve our country. And if it’s the right fit, then I will do so.
“But as I said, I really much so doubt that that would happen.”
PHILLIPS: “You know, there’s a lot of things that we thought would never happen in the past couple of years, Congressman, so I think anything is possible.”
WEST: “That is true.”
PHILLIPS: “Indeed if Mitt Romney came to you, do you like Mitt Romney? Do you support his views? Would you feel comfortable on a ticket with him?”
WEST: “Well, you know, I’ve never been out on a dinner date with him, if that’s what you’re asking me. So I don’t know if I would like him, but I think that we’d have to sit down and discuss things.
“And look, I think that Governor Romney and I definitely have a different vision for this country, a vision that gets us away from debt, despair and the horrible situations you see with our economic security, our energy security and our national security.
“So I think that we will be able to come together as a team and be able to develop the right type of platform to turn this state around for the United States of America.”
Broward GOP Chairman Richard DeNapoli will host a VIP reception that will include the keynote speakers in addition to local elected officials and candidates for public office.
“The reception offers an opportunity to chat one-on-one with Congressman Allen West, Attorney General Pam Bondi and CFO Jeff Atwater,” said DeNapoli. “Guests will also have a chance to speak with candidates who have filed for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Florida House and Senate, as well as local Broward County offices.”
Broward Republicans are expecting a record crowd for this year’s event at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a VIP reception and at 6 p.m. for a general reception. Dinner and the program begin at 7 p.m.
“I hope that you’ll join us for the 2012 Lincoln Day Gala,” said former Plantation Councilman and BREC Executive Director Rico Petrocelli. “Between the keynote speakers and candidates for public office, you cannot afford to miss it.”