No. 3: Allen West

Published On: Dec 14 2011 04:44:56 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 15 2011 12:03:34 PM EST

Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West has taken Congress by storm.

West is a tea party hero and a villain in the eyes of Democrats.

One thing that can't be argued is that you know where he stands. West doesn't hold back; if he thinks it, he says it. And, West makes no apologies for expressing himself, no matter whom he offends.

Democrats have their eyes on West's seat as he runs for re-election in 2012. West says bring it on.

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