Allen West’s campaign releases its own video of his Communist Party claim about Democratsby George Bennett | April 12th, 2012
Here’s the 26-second Florida Democratic Party video:
And here’s a longer version posted by West’s campaign:
The Florida Democratic Party circulated a video clip Wednesday of U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, saying he believes there are “about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party.”
The Democratic video ends there, at 27 seconds.
West campaign manager Tim Edson said the Democratic clip “doesn’t show the Congressman’s full remarks where he clearly identified who he was referring to.” West’s campaign released its own 55-second video in which — after a 27-second pause and much audience murmuring — West adds: “No, they actually don’t hide it. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
For the record, the Congressional Progressive Caucus lists 76 members on its website, including Democratic Florida Reps. Corrine Brown and Frederica Wilson, and calls West’s statement “outrageous.”
Click here for columnist Frank Cerabino’s take.
And read a full transcript of West’s remarks and the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s response after the jump…
From an Allen West campaign “town hall” Tuesday in Jensen Beach:
Moderator (reading question submitted in writing): What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists or international Socialists?
West: No, that’s a good question. I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party…
(pause of approximately 27 seconds)
…No, they actually don’t hide it. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
From the Congressional Progressive Caucus:
Allen West is denigrating the millions of Americans who voted to elect Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) members, and he is ignoring the oath they took to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution—just like he did. Calling fellow Members of Congress ‘communists’ is reminiscent of the days when Joe McCarthy divided Americans with name-calling and modern-day witch hunts that don’t advance policies to benefit people’s lives.
We hope the people of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District will note that he repeatedly polarizes the American people instead of focusing on their interests. When people like Rep. West have no ideals or principles, they rely on personal attacks. The CPC is proud to stand up for economic equality and civil and human rights for all Americans. Congress is having, and will continue to have, an ongoing debate about job creation, home foreclosuresand the issues that concern working families. But we will not engage in base and childish conversations that lower the high level of discourse Americans rightly expect from their representatives.