Here’s what Josh Grodin, campaign manager for Allen West, Republican candidate for U.S. congressional District 22, had to say about the controversy surrounding the video of men in leather vests with motorcycle club patches on them forcing a Florida Democratic Party staffer to get in his car and leave a public park where West was speaking. West had asked the men to escort the Democratic staffer away:

The dems are flat out lying.

The video shows the Democrat stalker at a private event in which the campaign rented a park (public park, but we rented the area) and held a picnic to honor the American veteran. He was asked to leave, and some of the Vietnam vets escorted him out. I don’t see Allen in anything except the first few seconds of the video in which he asked the stalker to leave. Again, we paid for a portion of the park to hold a private event, and the stalker wasn’t invited.

This is not a biker controversy, but a media and Democrat driven non-issue. Most of those vets shown came in trucks and cars, not bikes. These are Vietnam vets, not gang members. Every person I saw in that video was a vet. Klein does an awful lot of talking about how he supports vets, but talk is cheap. We find it appalling that the Klein camp is disrespecting veterans by making them out to be thugs and bullies. This was an event to honor those who served and sacrificed, and by sending this stalker to disrupt the day shows what little regard Klein has for the men and women who wore the uniform.

Klein owes the veterans in this community a sincere apology and explanation for his lack of respect, but I’m not holding my breath.

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