Group branded ‘communist’ by West endorses Murphy, Frankelby George Bennett | October 5th, 2012
The political arm of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — the liberal group whose members were called communists by Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West this year — has endorsed West’s Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy.
The caucus got lots of publicity in April when West, at a campaign event, was asked “What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists or international Socialists?”
West’s response: “I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party…No, they actually don’t hide it. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
The caucus called West’s remarks “outrageous.” Murphy responded to West’s remarks at the time by sending out a fundraising appeal seeking money to counter West’s “outrageous views” and “tea party extremism.”