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Allen West event turns into beer-throwing fight when SEIU-backed protesters arrive

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Union-backed protesters interrupted Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., by taking over the balcony above an outdoor event on Wednesday before reportedly participating in a beer-throwing fight with West’s supporters.

Stand Up Florida, a group backed by the Service Employees International Union, hung a banner from their hotel balcony criticizing West. One of his supporters pulled the banner down, and then things got interesting.

TCPalm reports:

West supporters kept booing and tossed water, ice cubes, beer and a couple of middle fingers at the balcony inhabitants. Water and beer also showered down from the balcony. The protesters said it was splash-back from projectiles thrown from the crowd on the ground. However; a few West supporters said they saw protesters toss them down.

Local sheriff deputies shut down the anti-West protest at the request of the resort management.

West’s campaign released an ad today hitting Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy for getting arrested in 2003. “That night, South Beach, Miami: Patrick Murphy is thrown out of a club for fighting, covered in alcohol and unable to stand,” the narrator says in the ad, per Roll Call. “Murphy then confronts and verbally assaults a police officer.”

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