Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) has another Democratic challenger: a 28-year-old accountant who is making his first run for public office.

Patrick Murphy started a campaign site this week and put out a video welcome message, outlining his case for election. 

"I love my country. I love South Florida, and I'm not going to stand by while right-wing extremists like Allen West continue to divide us," he said. 

Murphy is considered a dark-horse candidate in the race. A handful of other Democrats are considering getting into the race against West — one of two black Republican members of Congress elected in 2010.

West, a former Army officer, rode a wave of Tea Party support to defeat Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) in the midterms. He is already a top target for Democrats in the 2012 cycle.

Other potential West opponents include Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon (D), former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel (D) and state Rep. Joe Abruzzo (D). Klein has also not officially ruled out a bid, but he joined a law and lobbying firm this week, making a run less likely.

Patrick Daniel, another dark horse, has also filed papers to run.


h/t Sun-Sentinel