MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former U.S. Representative Allen West made his name with infamous comments like his Joseph McCarthy-like claim that 80 Democrats in Congress were communists and other fiery rhetoric. After several months out of the political sphere, West is coming back with Fox News.
According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, the news channel has hired West as a political commentator where he can continue to make his conservative views known.
“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,” Fox said in a press release, according to the Herald.
West was looking for work after losing his first re-election bid in 2010 to Democratic businessman Patrick Murphy.
West was originally supposed to run in a different district, but switched to District 22 in hopes of having a more likely path to victory. However, West lost the hotly contested race to Murphy last November.
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)