NBC: Fla. GOP Congressional Candidate Allen West has Criminal Biker Ties

" ... Eleven Outlaws members who've been indicted for a range of crimes involving extortion, drugs, and guns. ... West invited the Outlaws to participate in a campaign bike ride, and asked them to provide him with protection at one event. When asked to distance himself from the Outlaws by one Republican operative, West refused and instead came to the group's defense. ... "

By Ryan Witt
Examiner | October 15, 2010

Allen West has become the most recent Republican candidate for Congress to suffer from embarrassing stories from his past.  ... Documents have emerged showing West has associated himself with biker gang called the "Outlaws." 

What is worse for West, the Outlaws seem to go out of their way to live up to their namesake.  As the video report to the left reveals, the Outlaws have a special part of the website devoted to honoring "Brothers in Prison" who include individuals convicted of violent crimes like murder.  In August, the FBI conducted a joint-raid one of the Outlaws' compounds which resulted in, "eleven Outlaws members who've been indicted for a range of crimes involving extortion, drugs, and guns."  The FBI accuses the national Outlaw organization of being "a highly organized criminal enterprise with a defined, multi-level chain of command."

West has spoken for a group affiliated with the Outlaws.  West has also invted the Outlaws to participate in a campaign bike ride, and asked them to provide him with protection at one event.  When asked to distance himself from the Outlaws by one Republican operative, West refused and instead came to the group's defense.

If a Democrat was associated with this kind of group it would be the lead on Glenn Beck's show.  Beck would point out how the Democrat in question was using his "thugs" to enforce the progressive agenda.  It will be interesting to see if Beck and Fox News covers Allen West's association with the Outlaws with the same kind of zeal they would for a Democrat.

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