Gossip Columnist Says Allen West’s Campaign Saw ‘Porn Star’ Letter They Deny Exists

 Gossip Columnist Says Allen Wests Campaign Saw Porn Star Letter They Deny Exists

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Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Florida Congressman Allen West told us an article by Miami Herald gossip columnist Jose Lambiet claiming Mr. West, while serving in Iraq as an Army Lieutenant Colonel in 2003, sent his wife a letter asking her whether she was “committed to being my porn star” was a “garbage story.”

“He hasn’t produced a letter, so, as of now, there’s no letter,” Mr. West’s spokeswoman Michele Hickford said of the lurid tale.

However, Mr. Lambiet, who wrote that he decided to “withhold publication” of the full letter “because of its nature” said he emailed Mr. West’s campaign prior to publishing the story and received no response.

Mr. Lambiet declined to show the letter to Politicker, but he provided us with a screenshot of an email he said he sent to another West campaign spokesperson, Tim Edson last Thursday before the story was published. The email included a PDF file Mr. Lambiet identified as the letter in question.

“To me, this is exactly why some people are queasy about voting for Allen West. He’s surrounded by people like Tim Edson, who is a bold-faced liar,” Mr. Lambiet said. “I emailed the letter to them because I wanted comments and their campaign is based on these types of lies.”

According to Mr. Lambiet, he decided to publish excerpts from the letter because they reveal details about the character of the congressman, who is currently embroiled in a heated re-election campaign against a Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy.

“The letter reflects clearly that he’s even forceful with his wife,” said Mr. Lambiet. “Forceful, but also romantic at the same time.”

Despite his obvious distaste for Mr. West’s campaign staff, who he described as “poisonous,” Mr. Lambiet said he doesn’t have an entirely negative view of the congressman himself.

“The biggest problem with Allen West is not him, because he did go overseas. I’m European, my family was liberated by the military. The problems are the people that follow him, his entourage,” Mr. Lambiet said. “His record in Congress, I don’t think it’s as bad as the rest of the press makes it out to be. He did fight with his own party when it came to the debt ceiling.”

In addition to questioning his integrity, Mr. Lambiet accused Mr. West’s campaign staff and supporters of attacking him online after he published his story.

“Question anything when it comes to Allen West, you’re taking your int life into your own hands, because these people flood your stuff with things saying, ‘You’re gay, ‘You’re unpatriotic,’” said Mr. Lambiet. “This is just mind boggling that this entourage–it’s practically a sect, a sect of people that move around with him.”

As of this writing, Mr. West’s campaign has not responded to multiple requests for comment on this story.