BY BUDDY NEVINS
Allen West moved up the coast to make a failed run for re-election to Congress. Now the defeated West has resurfaced in Broward.
West will be a guest speaker at a meeting later this month of the Broward Gifted Advisory Council – a volunteer group of educators and parents who advocate for quality education for gifted or very smart students. The group is an organization that is part of the Broward County public schools.
The former congressman is scheduled to speak in honor of Black History Month on Feb. 23, 7 p.m. at Lauderdale Lakes Middle School.
The council Facebook page shows the only other notable guest who has been invited to speak at council meetings has been Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie.
According to the Facebook page, West “will join us for a nonpolitical discussion of his life story, his conservative values, and his new Next Generation Initiative.”
West’s The Next Generation job was described in a news release earlier this month like this:
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — PJ Media, LLC today announced that former Congressman Allen West (R-FL) has joined the company as their Director of Next Generation Programming. West will lead PJ Media’s NextGeneration.TV where the issues of the day will be examined through the lens of the next generation, while at the same time encouraging all Americans to stand up for the nation’s collective future. Using many forms of media such as Internet TV, social media, live events, outreach programs and newsletters, NextGeneration.TV will be a rallying place where grandparents, parents, and children can come to learn about the challenges facing our nation and to offer possible solutions for a prosperous future.
The parent company P J Media that hired West is self-described as a conservative group that seeks, among other things, to “rid our children of massive government debt and an overreaching government.”
West, a former lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq, is a darling of Republican conservatives who served one term in Congress representing portions of Broward and Palm Beach County. After reapportionment in 2012 made his district more Democratic, West ran for re-election in a seat stretching from Palm Beach County north, but lost anyway.
West still has a homestead exemption on his house in the Plantation Acres section of Plantation.
The council did not respond to two e-mails sent to separate addresses listed on their Internet site and in School Board files.