Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), stated Wednesday that he does not believe the Trayvon Martin case should be politicized.

"I don't think anyone should be using this tragedy to push an ideological agenda -- to include the anti-gun lobby," West told the Daily Caller.

The congressman initially weighed in on the tragedy last week, in a detailed comment on his Facebook page. One of only two African-American Republicans in Congress, West called the event an "outrage," but also stated he did not want to make the conversation about race.

"Let’s all be appalled at this instance not because of race, but because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason," wrote West. "I am not heading to Sanford to shout and scream, because we need the responsible entities and agencies to handle this situation from this point without media bias or undue political influences. This is an outrage."

Watch the video above, via the Daily Caller.

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Tammy Baldwin Hopes Dems Add Marriage Equality To Party Platform [Dallas Voice]

Linda Lingle Scolds Dems For 'Misleading' Claim Linking Her To Karl Rove [Honolulu Civil Beat]

Anti-Incumbent Group Will Target Tim Holden, Tim Murphy [The Hill]

Republicans Tout Redistricting Gains [National Journal]

Maine GOP To Hold 9 Candidate Forums To Learn About U.S. Senate Hopefuls [Bangor Daily News]

Richard Douglas Airs First TV Ad In Maryland Senate Race [Baltimore Sun]

Is Obama Leading Dems To Slaughter? [Real Clear Politics]

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