Allen West Weighs Senate Run in Florida

Rep. Allen West considering a run in 2012 against Democrat Bill Nelson. In 2006, Nelson won reelection 60% to 38% over Republican Katherine Harris. If there's anybody that could take on Nelson, it would be Allen West

Rep. Allen West (R-Florida) is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

“If people want to talk to me about something like that it would be very disrespectful and rude for me to slam the door in their face,” West said on Monday night at a sold-out Palm Beach County tea party meeting, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“I cracked it open enough so that people can slip a note under the door and I can read the note and I can write back on the note ‘probably not’ and send it back out under the door,” the newspaper quotes West saying

That’s in contrast to the “definitive ‘no’” that the Sun Sentinel reported West gave reporters and editors on Aug. 9 when asked “if there was ‘any chance’ he’d run for the Senate instead of seeking reelection.”

If West did run for Senate, he would join a GOP field that already has several announced candidates to take on Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla).

On Monday night, West told the tea party crowd he intended to run for a second House term, representing Broward and Palm Beach counties. So far, West has raised $1.5 million from April 1 through June 30, more than any other Republican Senate candidates, according to the Sun Sentinel