Tea party hero-turned- ‘defector’ Allen West shrugs off movement’s ‘schizophrenia’by George Bennett | July 29th, 2011
Tea party celebrity and U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, is taking heat from the movement because of his early support for Speaker John Boehner‘s debt-ceiling plan. Tea party leaders targeted West and three other GOP freshmen on Thursday, calling them “defectors” from the fiscally conservative cause.
West, in a radio interview this morning with nationally syndicated conservative talker Laura Ingraham, reiterated his support for Boehner’s plan.
“If they want to bring forth a primary challenge, then so be it,” West said of miffed tea partyers.
“I’m going to stand with this Boehner plan and once again, if the folks who one minute they’re saying that I’m their ‘tea party hero’ and what, three or four days later ‘I’m a tea party defector.’ That kind of schizophrenia, I’m not going to get involved in it.”
Ingraham told West that “you’re being hit by the very people who should be at your side.”