Campaign 2010

Oct 17, 2010

FACT CHECK #4: Republican Allen West (FL-22) Continues to Lie About his Ties to Motorcycle Gang

Two Days, FOUR Sets of Lies from Allen West

FACT CHECK #4: Republican Allen West (FL-22) Continues to Lie About his Ties to Motorcycle Gang

Republican Allen West (FL-22) is continuing to lie about his connection to the Outlaws organized crime syndicate, his monthly columns in Wheels on the Road, a magazine that promotes the Outlaws motorcycle gang and denigrates women, and his plans to attend a Wheels on the Road rally.

LIE: West said, “I do not have anything to do with the magazine.” [Palm Beach Post, 10/16/10] 

LIE:  “There is no connection between the Outlaws motorcycle club and the magazine,” West said. [National Journal, 10/16/10

FACT:  On the “Wheels on the Road” website, Allen West is named as a regular contributor.  [Wheels on the Road website

FACT: Allen West’s picture remains prominently featured on the website.  [Wheels on the Road website

FACT: Allen West has his own “Wheels on the Road” email address, allen@wheelsontheroad.com.  [Wheels on the Road website

FACT: The Wheels on the Road website includes a banner for Allen West’s campaign [Wheels on the Road website

FACT: According to the Miami Herald, in the past West appeared to “be writing specifically for Wheels on the Road.”

"Fellow South Florida Bikers, it is my sincere honor to have the opportunity to introduce myself and share with you all. I am Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Retired) and am running for Florida’s US Congressional District 22. This district runs from north Palm Beach County down to Broward out to Plantation. I met Miami Mike last month at a bike ride and rally held by our campaign, and he was kind enough to offer me this column." [Miami Herald, 10/16/10]

FACT: “Wheels on the Road” promotes the Outlaws. The magazine regularly advertises Outlaw events.

  • “Fri-Outlaws MC WPB Open House at 7PM” [Wheels on the Road, several issues,9/16/10]
  • “15-Outlaws MC 43 Anniversary Party…” [Wheels on the Road, 8/10]
  • “South Florida Outlaws 1% 42nd Anniversary Party…” [Wheels on the Road, 8/09]