We confirm what The Shark Tank confirmed what we heard earlier: Rep. Allen West is to run in Rep. Tom Rooney's Congressional District, which is being redrawn with all the others in Florida. Rooney is going to run in one of the two new Congressional districts in South Florida that stretches from Martin County into Charlotte County.
Expect a West endorsement of Rooney.
It's tough getting elected as a Republican in the People's Republic of Broward County, one of the bluest stretches of Florida's political real estate. Still, US Rep. Allen West pulled it off in 2010, when he bested Rep. Ron Klein.
But now the Florida Senate's proposed map for Congressional seats indicate it could be even tougher for the tea-party favorite to win District 22. The proposed district is 4 percent more Democratic than it currently is.
And that could be bad news for Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta.
"Allen's strongly considering making a move," said a highly placed source affiliated with West's camp. "It's not a big move, just a few miles away."
West's best move -- running for U.S. Senate -- still appears to be off the table. But West gave it a second thought recently, another source said. And he could jump in that race, though it's less likely.