You don't hear too much about former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) since he lost reelection in 2012. Save the occasional Fox News appearance. Or controversy.
Since he came onto the national scene in 2010, however, he's been a regular at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, hosted this year in National Harbor, Md. He's here again this year and showed up at an after-party following the conclusion of the first day's official events.
The party was mostly 20-something conservative bloggers. West, who attended the party in corduroy pants and a crosshatch jacket, had been invited to headline as a "special guest."
It was a noisy crowd at the party, the attendees paying no attention to conservative commentator Mary Katherine Ham (who was emceeing the event) as she tried to announce the "Blogger of the Year" award. Then West was brought on stage to address the crowd.
"SHUT UP!" he yelled over the noise. "Or I'm going to make you come up here and do push-ups."
No effect. West went largely ignored as he spoke, though several attendees had asked to shake hands and take photos with him both before and after his speech.