Former Rep. West to stay involved in 2014 election with nonprofit

Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) says he won't be running again for office "in the near future," but does plan on staying involved in 2014 via his nonprofit, the Allen West Foundation.

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"I'm not going to be doing that in the near future," he said about a potential run for his old seat when asked by The Hill.

West was defeated by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) in 2012, in one of the nation's nastiest and most expensive races. He did say, though, that he wouldn't rule out a return to politics somewhere down the line.

And West suggested he could engage in the 2014 races through the new nonprofit he launched earlier this year, the Allen West Foundation.

Little information was offered about the nonprofit when it was launched in late January, but West told The Hill on Tuesday that more news will come when "all the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed." West transferred $250,000 in unspent campaign funds to the nonprofit, and to another group, American Legacy Guardians, which shares the same P.O. Box as the foundation.

West said he sees his foundation engaging in races, and also in issue advocacy and education.

"The most important thing is, we want to be able to add a voice for minority and military conservatives -- to support inclusiveness. [We're looking at] how we can help them so that a lot of the things I had to experience coming out of the military, they won't have to go through," he said.