Cut, cap and blow up: West calls Wasserman Schultz ‘vile, unprofessional and despicable’by George Bennett | July 19th, 2011
U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, fired off an e-mail calling U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, “the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives” after she criticized West without naming him on the House floor late this afternoon.
The exchange between South Florida’s two most prominent congressional talking heads came during the House debate on a Republican “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill to slash the size of government in exchange for increasing the federal debt ceiling.
Wasserman Schultz, who’s also chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, blasted the GOP legislation and, clearly refering to West, called his support for the measure “unbelievable for a member from South Florida” because she says it will “end Medicare as we know it.”
West wasn’t present for Wasserman Schultz’s remarks, but quickly got wind of them and sent an e-mail to her a few minutes later, sending copies to House leaders from both parties.
“You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up…You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!”
Read Wasserman Schultz’s remarks, West’s e-mail and other reactions after the jump…..
Here’s the key excerpt from Wasserman Schultz’s remarks on the House floor:
“Incredulously, the gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries — unbelievable from a member from South Florida. It slashes Medicaid and critical investments essential to winning the future in favor of protecting tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires and companies who ship American jobs overseas.”
Here’s West’s e-mail response:
From: Z112 West, Allen
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz
Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!
I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.
You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!
Steadfast and Loyal
Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)
Here’s a response from Wasserman Schultz spokesman Jonathan Beeton, which includes a dig at West for living in Wasserman Schultz’s district rather than his own:
“I don’t think that Congressman West is upset at the Congresswoman, but rather with the fact that she highlighted that he and other Republicans are once again trying to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, children and the middle class. As someone who lives in Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’s Congressional district, Congressman West knows that we have hundreds of thousands of seniors in South Florida who have paid into Medicare throughout their lives and now rely on this program to keep them healthy and active.”
West spokeswoman Angela Sachitano reiterated her boss’s criticism this evening, saying Wasserman Schultz “took another cowardly cheap shot at Congressman West conveniently after he had just left the House floor…The constituents in Florida see Congressman West as a true leader and a man of principle while Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz is once again viewed as politics as usual, and her true character sadly shown today.”
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