Fox News Hires Former US Rep. Allen West

Fox News Hires Former US Rep. Allen West

On May 16, Fox News announced it had hired former Florida Representative Allen West as a contributor to offer political commentary during the network’s daytime and prime time shows.

In a statement, Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine said, “Representative West’s congressional and military experience along with his fearless approach to voicing key issues will provide a valuable point of view to the FOX News lineup.”

West is currently the Director of Next Generation TV Programming with PJ Media; until the 2012 elections, he was Florida’s congressman from the 22nd District, a seat he won in 2010. West lost his seat last year, largely due to redistricting. Prior to that, West was a 22-year veteran of the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004.

Rep. West was recently mentioned as an ideal candidate to replace Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, who resigned in March.

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