"And a very small man can cast a very large shadow."

Yesterday’s surprise announcement by Congressman Allen West set off an earthquake in Broward county. West is moving to Congressman Tom Rooney’s more Republican-friendly district in northern Palm Beach and Martin county.

Adam Hasner quickly withdrew from the U.S. Senate race to pursue West’s old Congressional seat. GOP sources told RED BROWARD Allen West would endorse Hasner’s bid for CD-22.  So everything is settled, right?

Nope. Even before West’s announcement, published reports claimed local Democrats were trying to pressure Lois Frankel (D-No Chance) to drop out of the race; Democrats believed Patrick Murphy (D-Erin) had a better chance at beating West. But now what?

Murphy is a political lightweight in Broward Democrat circles. The Broward DEM heavyweights were afraid to challenge West (even in a more Democrat friendly district). These “brave” politicians do not have the same fear of Adam Hasner.

Today, published reports claim Broward County Commissioners John Rodstrom and Kristin Jacobs (D-“Fair”) are eyeballing the race. Other rumors claim Republican Chip LaMarca is mulling his options as well. We’ve also heard about some CD-20 candidates rethinking their bids against Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Out of Touch).

Let the games begin…