He’s never even hinted at running so I doubt this comes as a huge surprise to many people.

(The Hill) — The current crop of Republican presidential candidates is “lukewarm” and unexciting, said Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a Tea Party darling.

West, a freshman Republican lawmaker from Florida, badmouthed the 2012 field of GOP hopefuls while noting that he himself would not be seeking the presidency.

“I’ve got to tell you that no one is really exciting anyone out there right now,” West told the conservative website Newsmax in an interview posted late Thursday. “I think by September, October, maybe we’ll see a front-runner. But right now, you know, kind of lukewarm.”

West said he “couldn’t say right now” if he had any favorites, and that his only focus was on seeking reelection to his House seat next fall.

West’s words might sound disappointing to someone like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), a potential presidential candidate who helped propel West to his congressional nomination with a key endorsement just before the primary.

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