This week, as the Allen West and Patrick Murphy saga unfolded in south Florida, many people and organizationscame out in defense of Congressman West. This because of all the obvious irregularities with the election process in Florida District 18; everything from website failures to blank memory cards. However, it came as a huge surprise when a report on MSNBC said that Rev. Al Sharpton’s organization, National Action Network, was going to come out in DEFENSE of the West/Murphy recount.
Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network (NAN) and host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC, says he is supporting NAN’s St. Lucie, Florida, Chapter in calling for integrity in the local elections and a recount in the Mayor’s race, but opposes a recount in the Allen West/Patrick Murphy race.
According to Rev. Sharpton: “We want to see the integrity of the election process upheld on a local level but we unilaterally oppose a recount in the national race. Clearly, Representative-Elect Murphy’s lead over Congressman Allen West is way outside the margin to justify a recount. NAN supports the local chapter led by Rev. William Richardson, III and others in calling for a full recount in the local St. Lucie County Mayor’s race as we have spent months calling attention to irregularities and suppression in Florida. However, the local legitimacy of voter protection should not be overshadowed by a national race unworthy of a recount.”