Allen West won’t run for old House seat

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Former congressman Allen West (R) will not run for his former House seat after losing narrowly this past fall.

The Palm Beach Post asked how West's new role in a conservative Web show would play into his future political plans. “My commitment is to the future of the next generation of Americans," West told the paper. "So if all you want to know is if I am running for Congressional District 18, the answer is no. My sights and objectives, political and otherwise, are focused on something far greater."

The ex-congressman is hosting a show for the conservative Web site PJ Media. "Next Generation" will "shine a spotlight on the challenges facing young Americans," he said in an introductory video.

West's co-hosts are Los Angeles talk radio host John Phillips and former Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields. The show launches Feb. 4. In an e-mail to supporters, the former congressman said he was inspired by a recent trip to Phoenix for the 2013 BCS Fiesta Bowl.

"I looked over at my two daughters, dressed in K-State purple, and thought about my first college bowl game. I considered the cost today to attend a BCS bowl game, and thought about how the college bowl experience will be something that will be harder for future generations to afford," he wrote.

West served one term in the House, during which his fiery style and association with the tea party movement earned him national fame. He lost his Palm Beach-area seat in November to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

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