Dems blast GOP congressional candidate Allen West’s ‘make the fellow scared’ remark about Kleinby George Bennett | April 6th, 2010
At a tea party gathering in Jupiter on Monday night, Republican congressional hopeful Allen West slammed U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, for not holding an in-person town hall meeting to discuss his vote for the sweeping health care overhaul bill.
West told activists they need to “make the fellow scared to come out of his house. That’s the only way that you’re going to win. That’s the only way you’re going to get these people’s attention. You’ve got to put pressure on them and make them understand that you’ve got to come back and live the laws that you establish. Don’t let them be a ruling class elite. You’ve got to let them know that the clock’s ticking.”
Broward County Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar replied with a lengthy statement today accusing West of stoking the “violent fringe that threatens our leaders.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is circulating Ceasar’s statement as well.
West says Ceasar’s response shows that “the liberals of Broward County are evidencing their fear of the American people, and our campaign, and OUR voices will not be silenced. If Nancy Pelosi’s puppet Congressman Ron Klein will not face his constituents, then yes, he should remain in his gated community home…”
Read the Ceasar and West statements after the jump….
Here’s Broward County Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar’s statement:
Republican Congressional Candidate Allen West Stokes Violent Fringe that Threatens Our Leaders
This afternoon, the Broward County Democratic Chair blasted Republican Congressional candidate Allen West today for his continuing use of extreme rhetoric and incendiary language. West’s rhetoric is similar to recent extremist communication from conservative darling Sarah Palin, who endorsed West recently.
West called on his supporters Monday night to make his opponent, Congressman Ron Klein, “scared to come out of his house,” at an event earlier this week:
“Let me tell you what you got to do. You’ve got to make the fella scared to come out of his house,” West said. “And that’s the only way that you are going to win. That’s the only way that to get these people’s attention. You got to put pressure on them and make them understand…the clock is ticking.”
“Allen West is willfully fanning the flames,” Broward County Democratic Chair Mitch Ceasar said. “One of the great ironies is that Allen West loves to talk about freedom and one of the greatest tenets of our democracy is the ability to have divergent opinions, yet Allen West thinks it is appropriate behavior to call his opponent names and use violent language.
“It’s not surprising Allen West uses extreme rhetoric to raise his profile. These are serious times and people want a responsible leader who will work to solve problems and move our country forward. Allen West represents exactly the kind of leadership Florida’s 22nd Congressional District doesn’t deserve,” said Ceasar.
West’s irresponsible leadership is evidenced by his repeated use of threatening language in his speeches.
“How many people remember that movie The Untouchables? Remember when Sean Connery said with Kevin Costner in that movie, in that church, and he said you got to understand the Chicago way. If you understand the Chicago way, you got to understand how far are you willing to go. Because if they send one of yours to the hospital, you got to send two of theirs to the morgue,” West told his Tea Party supporters in Fort Lauderdale March 27.
A day later on his official campaign website, West attacked Congressman Klein in a blog posting.
“I plan to beat you like you stole something dear to me!” West wrote.
In addition, West has used incendiary rhetoric in public forums, saying at Fort Lauderdale club Revolution, “If you’re here to stand up-to get your musket, to fix your bayonet, to charge into the ranks-you’re my brother and sister in this fight.”
West’s mentor Sarah Palin is also no stranger to using violent references in her communications. Palin last month unveiled a national political map using rifle crosshairs to mark the members of Congress across the country who supported healthcare reform.
“West and his mentor Sarah Palin are shamefully stoking violent language and symbolism that threatens the safety of our leaders and public officials,” Ceasar said. “The hard working people of South Florida know that inciting people with extreme and violent language sometimes leads to far more violent and monstrous acts. It’s sad that Allen West and Sarah Palin lack the basic decency, common sense and responsibility to realize this.”
Points of reference
“You’ve got to make the fella scared to come out of his house,” West said. [See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-Hvuz3zIRw]
“How many people remember that movie The Untouchables? Remember when Sean Connery said with Kevin Costner in that movie, in that church, and he said you’ve got to understand the Chicago way. And if you understand the Chicago way, you got to understand how far are you willing to go. Because if they send one of yours to the hospital, you got to send two of theirs to the morgue,” [Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vej_LqzraNE&feature=related (See 3:03)]
“Nothing personal Ron, but I plan to beat you like you stole something dear to me…….matter of fact you are, My Country!” (West Weekly Wrap (W3) Report for the end of March 2010 [Link: http://allenwestforcongress.com/blog/west-weekly-wrap-up-w3-report-for-the-end-of-march-of-2010/)]
“If you’re here to stand up-to get your musket, to fix your bayonet, to charge into the ranks-you’re my brother and sister in this fight.” [Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP2p91dvm6M (See, 4:46)]
And here’s GOP congressional candidate Allen West’s response to Ceasar:
The history of the Democratic party is steeped in intimidation. It was the Democratic Party that started the KKK to enforce Jim Crow segregation laws. It was the Democratic party that instituted lynching and other means of violence to preclude blacks from enjoying the Constitutional rights the Republican party established in the 13-15th Amendments and the early Civil Rights Legislation during the Reconstruction Era through the 1960s.
It is the Democratic party which today promotes the intimidation tactics of ACORN, SEIU, Code Pink, Anarchist groups, and the New Black Panther Party. Mitch Ceasar is typical of liberal Democrats in seeking to create a smoking mirror when nothing exists. Caesar is a true representative of the politics of hypocrisy that infests the Democrat party.
The liberals of Broward County are evidencing their fear of the American people, and our campaign, and OUR voices will not be silenced.
If Nancy Pelosi’s puppet Congressman Ron Klein will not face his constituents, then yes, he should remain in his gated community home…..and not continue with the charade of being a Representative of the people of Congressional District 22. This is not stoking any violent fringe, it is simply stating the fact that Congressman Ron Klein is a liberal Democrat coward. And Mitch Caesar lives in a world of delusion…perhaps he should focus on the culture of corruption that is the Broward Democrat Party, not this Congressional race.
…(T)ell Mitch to stop playing these petulant, immature games of petty character assassination politics, another Democrat trait, trying to fight for a weak Congressman. Let Klein stand on his own, I am. And yes, the clock is ticking, because on 2 November Ron Klein will indeed be former Congressman Ron Klein.
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