While the Wilton Manors Business Association and its members are free to invite speakers of their choice, and the City of Wilton Manors provides a great venue for those speakers, it is ironic that Allen West will address a group of business owners, many of whom are GLBT, and others whose businesses rely in large part on the currency of the GLBT community.

The good residents and business owners of Wilton Manors know that Allen West’s anti-gay, misogynist, and disreputable rhetoric have no place in proper civil or political discourse. His extremist views are not reflective of the soul of American Society, nor are they representative of the heart of the Wilton Manors business owners and residents who struggle to eradicate the very hate speech that the Congressman spews.

I will certainly be happy to welcome the Congressman to our great Island City and thank him for his military service to our Country prior to his talk.

-        City Commissioner Julie Carson of Wilton Manors on Congressman West coming to the city to speak about the economy