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Dems blast GOP congressional candidate Allen West’s ‘make the fellow scared’ remark about Klein

by 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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50 Responses to “Dems blast GOP congressional candidate Allen West’s ‘make the fellow scared’ remark about Klein”

  1. kate Says:

    THAT was inciting violence??? Wow, I’m so incited I may have to run to Publix to prepare for the seige. Get real!

  2. Mark Zist Says:

    OH MY DEAR GOD RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!

    Please….Where were you guys during the Code Pinko anti war protests? where were you then and why are you crying foul now? This rhetoric is NOTHING compared to the images I saw in 2005 and 06 when Code Pink hung Condoleeza Rice in effigy got in her face with red paint on her hands calling her a murderer – comparing Bush to Hitler and demanding his impeachment and jail for war crimes.
    Again I ask Democrats….where were you then?

  3. EvilGOP Says:

    excuse me Lt.Col Yosetime Sam. Do you have amnesia? We are all tired of the right wing fear machine. You, Sarah Palin and the tea party are delusional and have no ideas that will benefit the PEOPLE. All you are doing is stirring up hate. Where was all the outrage from you and the teabaggers during the republican majority corruption on steroids era?? Tax cuts for the rich? illegal wiretapping? child please….

  4. Paul Says:

    The democrats are crazy! Just vote them out.

    All they do is pick on a black man.

  5. PoliticalBeach Says:

    Is that ALL the Post can ever do is slam good candidates? Allen West is about the only candidate I ever see standing up for the people. Don’t you have any people working over there anymore that have a voice and want it heard? I hope Mr. West wins and takes his ideals to the White house and I have to agree, if you can’t face the people, stay in your house. Just not the Whitehouse.

  6. Craig Says:

    Hey, kinda like what this guy has to say.

    Klein is a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT, there is NO DOUBT.

    Democrats will seek higher taxes cause YOU owe it to others.

    Already the democrats on the county commission are putting forth an ADDITIONAL TAX for fire rescue.

    Check your tax bill, school taxes are the highest and fire rescue the next highest and they want to TAX you more.

    YOU BETTER VOTE on this referendum this August.

    Democrats are EVIL PEOPLE.

  7. Lolita Says:

    Klein and his Broward dem friends are pussys.

  8. Exnjcop Says:

    Klein is Pelosi’s appendix. A good solid democratic vote to raise taxes and screw up all that is good in America. Vote Klein out. He pretended to be on the fence on health care so he wouldn’t be asked the hard questions. Now that he has voted for it he hides. Stimulous Pork Yes!, cap and trade Yes! Read a bill? No! Include Congress in healthcare? No! Raise taxes? Yes! Vote for Allen West and against Klein? Yes!!!!!

  9. Klein should be afraid Says:

    Heck, our congressman IS scared to come out of his/our house. He won’t even be present for a town hall meeting — only by telephone to an approved list of questioners. So, yes, he’s afraid. And well he should be. If he can’t home and answer to the people who elected him and pay his salary, then he doesn’t deserve the office. I say give Colonel West a chance. Bravo, Allen, bravo.

  10. JB Says:

    Hate, hate,hate! Arent you GOP’s tired of being so negative,selfcentered and violent? “Take aim and reload?” When are you going to stop glamorizing all this , when God forbid, someone dies from the incentive the Tea Party says is acceptable behavior? Enough already, is it so wrong to get along and work for we the people who put your butts in office?

  11. Ed Fulop Says:

    EvilGOP and JB –

    Where were you in 2008 when they showed photos of Sarah Palin being hung in effigy for a Halloween gag? Where were you when artists painted Bush and Cheney in blood? Funny how when you guys do it, you are expessing your displeasure with the government, but when we do it, we’re “stoking the fringe”. Get over yourselves.

    Flip the house. Restore Honor.

    http://www.southflorida912.org

  12. USMC Says:

    After reading those statements from West. I love this guy even more.

    About damn time we had a leader who speaks the truth of the filthy history of the DNC.

    Go West!

  13. bellez Says:

    No more Bush, No more Clintons, No more Kennedy’s good bye finally with West Fla has some fresh air. I see all the little girly men liberals screetching like their feminist male hating mommies.

  14. rett Says:

    You are such a kool-aid drinking, propaganda spreader “wanna-be”! Allen is the MAN! WEST 2012!

  15. John Sykes Says:

    It’s incredible the lengths some people will go to to try to demonize a fine man and American patriot. Most of the naysayers have never worn a uniform and have no idea what it is like to put your life on the line for something more than a paycheck. Come back and write your negative comments after you have served anyone at the threat of your life.

  16. CGrayson Says:

    I have been quite inpressed with Lt Col West. He is the first candidate that isn’t afraid to speak up for what is right. If you read up on his issues and proposed solutions I think you will see that he has a very logical and workable plan. Please check them out in the “issues” section of his campaign website.

  17. CGrayson Says:

    oops, sorry typo, meant “impressed”

  18. Slick Willy Says:

    “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

    - Another Right Wing Extremist?
    or Thomas Jefferson

  19. Julie D. Says:

    If this were not so pathetic it would be funny! I didn’t know I was the “violent fringe”.I was there and all I saw were patriotic Americans that love God and Country. This shows how desperate these yellow “journalists” are to slander any group or person that dares to speak against the lyin king and his peelousi puppets. Col. West’s response is brilliant! If anything this twit reporter probably bought Allen West some votes, that is if anyone actually still reads this fish wrapper.

  20. FredJS Says:

    Now if Ron Klein had the courage to come out of his hole and DEBATE Allen West in a PUBLIC VENUE where you could see the sweat on his face – now that would be something to see. Imagine the lengths he will go to avoid that arena. Oh, the horror!

  21. Derek Says:

    “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life.”- John F Kennedy
    How’s that for a right wing extremist stoking hate?..haha
    Stick that in your pipe and smoke it liberals.

    Allen West.:The leadership people are starving for. Look at the comments on ANY blog or video. People LOVE Allen and his message. I am proud to be a supporter. First the Congressional seat and then Speaker of the House. Perhaps even the top job someday.
    Remember in November!

  22. Crosshairs Says:

    Did Ceasar call Klein ‘our leader?’ I thought he was ‘our representative?’ Seems a tad elitist.

  23. John Oliver Says:

    I’ve heard Allen West speak and I believe he is the kind of man we need to represent the people.These political hacks attacking him would probably label our founding fathers right wing extremist. I think every time the Palm Beach Post tries to slam Allen West we should send a campaign contribution to help elect Allen West.

  24. Katy Says:

    This is patethic of Caesar and Klein. Where is Wexler to tell people how much he cares? These people are all a joke. Can I have another…no but we do with Deutch another bitch.

    Klein, Wexler and Deutch…in waiting;
    Sachs, Slosberg ….

    There are so many things to complain about West and this is what you are going to pick?

    Oh yeah these are the ones controlling Congress and elected someone with five years of experience.

    Nice Klein pack up I heard Deutch is looking for a new chief of staff.

  25. Velma Says:

    Keep it up Allen!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Harry1144 Says:

    GO WEST!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. da_truth Says:

    Sounds like West must be off his meds. Maybe he can get some more from Rush.

  28. Rachel Says:

    Are you kidding me? So Sarah Palin is now “dangerous”? Please. That’s like saying Mary Poppins is a threat to society.

    The media is being absolutely asinine over their whole “tea-party people are scuuurrry, evil, racist meanies!” Sorry, but old ladies protesting taxation without representation is not scary. And last time I checked, we have a right to call out the government when they’re not fighting for us, but rather sucking our wallets dry. So stop with the whole attempt to make anyone in opposition look like a radical fringe nutjob because we all know we could point a few fingers at the opposition as well. Try listening to the message instead of seeking to find fault.

    People should be outraged the amount the government wants to suck out of your paycheck to bounce around as they see fit. People should be outraged our “Free” society is now mandating we purchase something or face fines and charges. Sorry, how’s that free? What really gets me is people are not standing up for principles. They feel safe because their designated party is in power. Not okay! The parties will change, the policies won’t. We cannot be a country dependent on the government for anything, but national security.

    The best thing to come out of this entire ridiculous government take over as blind lemmings nod their heads “yes, yes, please take more from me..yes, yes they are mean when they don’t just follow suit quietly. Yes, yes they must want people to diiiieeeee if they dont think exactly like me.” is I’ve discovered I’m truly a libertarian. I want my country free. I don’t want big government. I want congressmen and women who *respect* and uphold the constitution of the United States and HEY here’s a thought!! I want a media service who main agenda is NOT to perpetuate propaganda, but rather probing the powers that be with tough questions.

    So here’s a lil clue…it’s not hate speech to disagree, it’s not racist to want a different healthcare reform, and it’s not scary to be a teaparty member. And one someone speaks out in opposition, stop trying to paint them as some fringe nut job. This is just ridiculous. Stop allowing people to distract you and start truly questioning the one pointing the finger.

  29. AmericanPatriot Says:

    Pack your bags Ron, your going back to chasing ambulances.

  30. Rob Says:

    Thank God the Demo’s don’t believe in Tax & Spend any more, seems the people that love our new Pres and his policies
    “HOPE & Change” must be on the receiving end not the paying end.. But soon they will also end up paying, I can’t believe in this day and age that people can still buy into all of THE bs SHOVED DOWN THEIR THROAT, are they living in a cave ?? or just plain ignorant, change the channel to Fox

  31. Washington Heights Girl Says:

    Gee, I just love it when the Dems get all delusional, and really scared and stuff and write nonsense and lies…better than watching the morning cartoons…why the comparison? Because the Dems are cartoon characters, too! ROTFLMAO…
    Violent Fringe? You mean Violet Fringe?…the Violet-Haired Republican Jewish Ladies running amok on Sunrise Lakes Blvd. sticking Demoncratic Leaders with their sewing needles, right? Having me a good laugh, and I will have even a better laugh when all you Dem-onic morons are voted out of office!
    On a more serious note, Lt. Col. Allen West is one of our shining hopes, and is a true leader, one who will set the USA on the right path again, the path that follows the Constitution of the USA! Oh, that’s right, you Dems have no idea what the Constitution is! GO WEST!

  32. Rob Says:

    When a leftie wants to argue with a conservative the best thing for the conservative to do is just say
    ” I wont argue with an idiot as you might drag me down to your level and beat me with experience”

  33. Rob Says:

    All this hate talk from the Demo’s, I saw a little old lady stare at me, it made me cry, if this is their main defense they must know they are in trouble come next election

  34. John Acton Says:

    “Sounds like West must be off his meds. Maybe he can get some more from Rush.”

    “You can’t handle duh truth!”

  35. Exnjcop Says:

    OoohRah Rachel! I don’t think the Post or the Democrats fully understand the seachange that is taking place all around them. Otherwise non-political peole watch, and feel their country is being stolen by out of step politicians. A previously invisible, take-for-granted group has sees the real need to restore our country to it’s core principals. This group writes the paper and will be a tidal wave at the ballot box this November and beyond. The tea party has no charismatic leader urging the masses on., It IS the masses rising up in unison in reaction to the whole sale attacks on it’s belief’s and lifestyle.

    Drill, stop the madness of cap & trade, secure our borders, deport illegals and don’t give them rights and benefits, fight terrorism, stop the social giveaways,tax fairly not excessivly. Cut the budget and put the wheels back on our economy. There is nothing hard to understand about what America wants. Allen West seems to understand this and Ron Klein doesn’t

  36. Exnjcop Says:

    OoohRah Rachel! I don’t think the Post or the Democrats fully understand the seachange that is taking place all around them. Otherwise non-political people watch, and feel their country is being stolen by out of step politicians. A previously invisible, take-for-granted group sees the real need to restore our country to it’s core principals. This group writes the paper and will be a tidal wave at the ballot box this November and beyond. The tea party has no charismatic leader urging the masses on., It IS the masses rising up in unison in reaction to the wholesale attacks on it’s belief’s and lifestyle.

    Drill, stop the madness of cap & trade, secure our borders, deport illegals and don’t give them rights and benefits, fight terrorism, stop the social giveaways,tax fairly not excessivly. Cut the budget and put the wheels back on our economy. There is nothing hard to understand about what America wants. Allen West seems to understand this and Ron Klein doesn’t ( some typing errors removed)

  37. Seth Platt Says:

    WEST you are a PUNK. You have no idea how to have a substantive debate of the issues so I will address you on your own level. Your Hate speech and violent rhetoric will not be tolerated, I am happy to meet you on the street any day of the week to tell you how unethical and unproductive your candidacy has been to the process. You are a puppet of the Right Wing Media Circus. South Florida will not be Hoodwinked and Bamboozled by your ridiculous antics. Hunker down, you cannot hide your unethical platform and violent language behind the uniform you used to wear.
    I love to pick on bullies like you, so keep it up.
    -Your Worst Nightmare

  38. Tom Terrific Says:

    Klein’s remarks are over the top. Totally unacceptable for a politician. If the GOP does not publicly condemn his remarks, non of them will get a single vote from this independent. It gives validity to the wacko left fringe idea that the GOP is the party of no ideas, rule by fear. Both sides have crazies; when you have to defend your candidate by comparing your candidate to the crazy fringe on the opposite side you have a problem.

  39. Rob Says:

    Change you can believe in, the moto of the Dem’s you give them a dollar and they give you a penny in change = what a deal
    I’m a Independant and have seen lousy politicians on both sides, we need them to sign an iron clad contract when elected, they don’t honor it, out they go = just like the private sector.
    Obama would have been gone by now = no new taxes on anyone making less than $200,000 well get ready for the VAT = Value Added Tax on everything you buy.

  40. Tom Terrific Says:

    Oops West’s remarks on Klein. Haste makes waste.

  41. Boris Badenough Says:

    BOO HOOOO. The poor Dems are so upset because Lt. Col West told his supporters to make Congressman Klein “scared to come out of his house”. They, of course, jump to the conclusion that West is suggesting violence. There is more than one kind of fear. How about the fear of actually having to confront angry constituents that would like nothing more than to give Congressman Klein a good tongue lashing? How about the fear that Congressman Klein would meet the same fate as Congressman Phil Hare of Illinois, yet another CREEP who could care less about THE CONSTITUTION!!!

  42. swathdiver Says:

    GO WEST!!!

    America needs 100 West’s to defeat the evil statists and return God and Constitution to their proper place in American society.

    Comrade Mitch Ceasar like all Democrats in power is an insurgent. They say one thing to fool the gullible while working tirelessly to enslave America under the Tyranny and EVILs of socialism. One cannot have a friendly debate or differing viewpoint when your opponent is offering false premises or outright lying as Godless Democrats do.

    Liberty or Tyranny folks?

    For the Statist, Liberty means the ruling elite has the freedom to manage their subjects lives completely; from how much water is in your toilet to refusing that pacemaker you need because you’re too old. In the world of the socialist, humans have no more value then cockroaches.

    Liberty or Tyranny?

    Give me Liberty, Or Give Me Death!

  43. swathdiver Says:

    Comrade Platt,

    Since you like to pick on people, wouldn’t that make you the bully?

    Lt. Col. West isn’t going to waste his time with the little Marxists; he’s going after the ones in charge in Washington!

    Socialism in ANY form is immoral and EVIL!

  44. L. Banks Says:

    It is truly amazing what was said against a man of honor who loves this country and put his life on the line to prove it. As far as I can see the Democrats and the media are the people who stir up and create a “crisis” (a great Alinsky rule and one studied by the Democrats since he targeted the party while he was alive). It is really shameful and pathetic. Perhaps it is because they do not want to let the people of this country hear and know the truth so they attack those who might get this information through to the people. The truth is this country is in deep financial trouble and you cannot blame this all on Bush. The National Inflation Association has stated not only do we have debt in the 13 Billion dollar range, but we can no longer pay our budget each year. The price of gold is rising at unprecedented rates; social security is now paying out more than it takes in; China our major debt holder is diversifying out of U.S. dollars and we are about to lose our AAA credit rating. Then you add the health care costs plus all of the other items the administration wants to pass and you have a financial disaster around the corner. Where is the accountability to the taxpayer who has to pay these bills? Add to this the fact the administration continues to print money to meet our needs which only devalues the dollar and the recipe for a financial collapse is here. Now, we have Rev. Sharpton also stating for the record that this agenda is socialist for the democrats and the ultimate goal is a single payer system which will destroy more of the U.S. economy. This makes sense since many of the people Obama grew up and knew/knows and those in his inner circle are card carrying socialist and communists. His mentor in Hawaii was Frank Marshall Davis, a communist black poet and a pedophile. Also among his friends are Alice Park, Timuel Black, Quentin Young – all known socialist or comnmunists and then there is Bill Ayers who has visited the White House several times and my personal favorite George Soros who has written and stated his intent to destroy this country. I think you democrats either buy into the progressive socialist theme of the party as defined by Obama or they have not done your research. As far as I am concerned Alan West is the only candidate with the qualifications, moral fiber and honesty to fill this congressional position.

  45. swathdiver Says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself Banks! Great post!

  46. Jen06 Says:

    Why can I see “West for Prez” in the near future?

  47. Trish Says:

    Another piece of garbage by another reporter from the Post. It is laughable, the story was so dumb, who are these idiots who are employed by the Post? The tactics don’t work anymore, we the people are not worried, but you do give us a good laugh with your Chicken Little routine. You can smell the fear in the liberals, they will be history in November with our vote. Then who will your paper cater too?

  48. H-MAN Says:

    What West said is no worse than the Dems shoving crap down our throats that we don’t want and literally destroying AMERICA! what is worse that that.
    Anyway, who really cares about what someone from state controlled media says.GO WEST!!!

  49. peggy graham Says:

    I truly wish ALLEN WEST had retired in NEVADA instead of Florida. He is EXACTLY what we need here….sanity….intelligence…and NO FEAR! GOOD LUCK and HOOAH!

  50. Bobby Says:

    Allen West should of been the first Black American president
    The man is brilliant
    and I’m a Canadian Jew
    Klein is a spineless Jew
    Good luck Allen West,you have my moral support

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