By Anthony Man
10:45 AM EST, January 16, 2013
Former Congressman Allen West, a hero to many and a bum to others for forcefully expressing his conservative views, is turning to the Internet for his next career move.
In an interview Tuesday night with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, West said he’s joining PJ Media for an Internet venture. He’ll be the director of the “next generation” program and said he’ll be one of three hosts of an Internet video program.
“We’re going to look through the news, the current news, though the lens of young Americans, and we’re going to stand up for that young generation,” West said. “I’m very excited about the fact that I get to have that open discussion. I have a platform to talk about that which is great in America.”
His show, “Next Generation Today,” starts Feb. 4. In March, he said, the studios would be located in Washington, D.C., two floors above the location where Van Susteren originates her program.
Besides the Internet show, he said he’d be involved in newsletters, social media and conferences.
West is a master at getting attention across all sorts of media platforms. During his one term as a member of Congress, he was known largely for his often-rhetoric that produced a bonanza of media attention. He also made extensive use of social media to spread his views and raise campaign cash.
The former Army lieutenant colonel defeated U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, in a mostly coastal Broward and Palm Beach county district in the tea party wave of 2010. Facing rejiggered district boundaries that made the territory more Democratic, he abandoned the 22nd District last year and sought a second term in a more Republican-leaning district in northern Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
He was narrowly defeated in November 2012 by Democrat Patrick Murphy, a political newcomer.
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