West rules out Senate run

U.S. Rep. Allen West said Monday he is “closing the door” on a race for U.S. Senate. West, who was traveling in Israel, released a statement through his office that acknowledged he listened to calls from some in the Republican Party for him to jump into the race.

Here’s what he says:

“I believe the place where I can best effect the needed change is from the People’s House – the House of Representatives. I have been given one of the highest honors to serve in the House of Representatives and I will continue to serve the citizens in that capacity. I will not seek the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 2012. With regard to my future, the only goal I have is to do my very best to represent the constituents of the Congressional District and to restore the exceptionalism of our nation.”

The Republican field to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson includes former state Rep. Adam Hasner, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, retired Army Col. Mike McCallister, Orlando businessman Craig Miller and blogger Marielena Stuart.

The News Service of Florida