By Becky Hogan
Since losing his congressional post in 2012, Allen West has increased his national profile as a conservative firebrand.
He’s one of the most outspoken critics of the Obama Administration, and there’s no doubt that since joining Fox News in May, he’s been able to expand his reach.
This week is a great example of West’s growing political brand. When Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan this week in a fundraising e-mail, West criticized both President Barack Obama and leading Democrats for their silence on the e-mail.
West also called out Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz among other Democratic leaders. Interestingly, Wasserman Schultz responded the next day after West demanded a response.
But social data shows that Facebook users were talking more about West than either Wasserman Schultz or Grayson.
Not only was West able to solicit a response from Wasserman Schultz, but saw over 300,000 unique users talking about him the day after he on Facebook.
The former Flroida congressman took to Twitter Wednesday to voice his disgust on the Grayson issue: “Shocked r black POTUS hasn’t spoken out re: Klan imagery. Damn glad my parents inspired me to depart the plantation.”
This year West has seen major gains on Facebook as well as increasing gains on Twitter.
The former Florida congressman launched a new website earlier this month which is likely fueling his support on social media. The news website, AllenBWest.com, is meant to be a platform for his conservative message. He’s seen over 127,000 new Facebook Likes in October alone and over 12,000 new Twitter followers this month.
In September, West told the press that he’d be interested in running for the U.S. Senate in 2016 if a spot opens up, though he has said he won’t challenge Marco Rubio for his seat. In the meantime, he’s wasting no time expanding his national profile and using online engagement to gain supporters.