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Allen West to FAU protesters: Stop harassing my wife or face ‘the side of me that you do not want to see’

by George Bennett | April 17th, 2013

Former U.S. Rep. Allen West accused Florida Atlantic University protesters of harassing his wife, an FAU Board of Trustees member, and warned them in a Facebook post today to stop or “you will face me, the side of me that you do not want to see.”

The Stop Owlcatraz Coalition, a group formed to protest a $6 million stadium-naming deal at FAU, fired back with a statement accusing West of threatening students and calling on FAU to bar the former Republican congressman from all its campuses.

Angela West, a financial adviser with Raymond James, said two FAU students came uninvited to her Fort Lauderdale office last month to urge her to oppose a private prison contractor’s $6 million donation to the school. GEO Group, which made the $6 million pledge and was to have its name on FAU’s football stadium, ended up withdrawing the gift this month after weeks of uproar.

Angela West said that when she disagreed with the students who came to her office they demanded she resign from the board. When she asked them to leave, West said, one of the students said “Oh, you think you’re as tough as your husband.” West, who is black, said a student also accused her of wanting to “bring back Jim Crow” — a reference to laws that perpetuated segregation.

One of West’s co-workers at Raymond James, Leon Rehak, backed up her account and said that when the students left, they slammed a door so hard it nearly broke a window.

The Stop Owlcatraz Coalition offered a different account of the meeting in its statement.

“She agreed to a March 18 meeting at her Raymond James office in Fort Lauderdale. At that meeting, Angela became rude and aggressive and students walked out of the meeting as she began yelling at them,” the group’s statement said.

Outside Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Angela West said one of the students who had been to her office waved to her in the lobby and she pointed him out to an FAU police officer as “the fellow that barged into my office.”

The student group offered this account of Tuesday’s events: “Students attended yesterday’s Board of Trustees meeting to hear the President and all the Trustees, not just West. There, she harassed FAU students and instructed two FAU police officers to question them about the meeting (they refused to do so). Allen and Angela West are harassing and threatening FAU students, not the other way around.”

Here’s the text of Allen West’s Facebook post on the subject:

I completely understand the Alinsky tactics and have no issue with the insidious and incessant personal attacks by the left against me. However, I am warning you, end your harassment of my wife Angela. The students from Florida Atlantic University who have gone to my wife’s office, stalked her at the FAU Board of Trustee meetings, and sent letters to her company headquarters, end it now. This is not a threat, it is a promise that if Angela calls and tells me of one more incident, you will face me, the side of me that you do not want to see. My wife Angela is an American citizen and if you believe that you can intimidate her to surrender her freedoms you are mistaken. Those left wing groups and lawyers associated with these individuals supporting their antics, I recommend you disassociate yourself. How dare you animals attack my wife and her professional reputation. This is your one and only advisory notice.

Here’s the text of the Stop Owlcatraz Coalition statement:

Earlier today, Allen West posted a statement on his Facebook page threatening FAU students (see full statement below).

The FAU administration should issue Allen West a restraining order barring him from all FAU campuses, and should release a statement affirming their commitment to students’ and the greater FAU community’s rights to public safety and free speech.

Allen West alleges students are “harassing” his wife, Angela West. Members of the Stop Owlcatraz Coalition, in February and March, met privately with most of the members of the FAU Board of Trustees, including Angela West. As public officials and the trustees of our university, they have a duty to be accessible and accountable to the constituencies they serve.

She agreed to a March 18 meeting at her Raymond James office in Fort Lauderdale. At that meeting, Angela became rude and aggressive and students walked out of the meeting as she began yelling at them.

Students attended yesterday’s Board of Trustees meeting to hear the President and all the Trustees, not just West. There, she harassed FAU students and instructed two FAU police officers to question them about the meeting (they refused to do so). Allen and Angela West are harassing and threatening FAU students, not the other way around.

71 Responses to “Allen West to FAU protesters: Stop harassing my wife or face ‘the side of me that you do not want to see’”

  1. jebamoni4 Says:

    Hay War criminal, we did see all your sides before!!yOU DESERVE THE NASTY WOMAN!!!

  2. Toni Says:

    I don’t believe a word West or his wife say. Why would the students bother to lie, and am I surprised that someone in her office would parrot what she said happened – no.

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  4. Public Servant? Says:

    Actually Mr. West, the public has made it quite clear that they didn’t desire to see any side of you. They did so at the ballot box. While as a husband I applaud your defense of your spouse, as a citizen and voter I find your choice of verbiage to address the issue unbecoming of a US Representative (former or present). It speaks volumes about your character.

  5. Sign of the times Says:

    Looks like the gene pool needs more Chlorine.

    Amazing how low college acceptance standards have fallen that students like this now represent FAU.

  6. miselaineous Says:

    The students were out of line. That caused a husband to get out of line.
    Any man worth his salt will defend his wife.
    West is very familiar with nasty tactics. His ss# was published in one race, he was depicted with gold teeth, and hitting elderly white ladies in another.
    Can we get the sides to tone down?
    Ok students you have a cause. That does not mean you can barge in to someones office and shout at them.
    Standing for prisioners, while verbally berating ppl who disagree?
    Did they think that through?

  7. Matt Says:

    I’m not surprised by the vile hatred that Allen West and his wife gets from people on the Left. If they were white they wouldn’t get this kind of reaction. I know it won’t end for them. This is what happens to Republicans and especially Black Republicans. I guess Democrats still can’t get their racism out of their hearts. By the way, it’s the Democratic Party who were for slavery and wrote the Jim Crow Laws and against the Civil Rights Movement. But lets not let FACTS get in the way of people on the Left’s hate.

  8. Susie sunshine Says:

    Wests are bullies. If you’re a public servant on a commission your job is to deal with the public in a professional manner – all the public period. Lady’s in the wrong job and we fired her extremist bully husband. Uhh, buh bye

  9. Frank Fitton Says:

    So the truth is somewhere in the middle and nothing significant happened at the meeting, lol.

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  11. djnfla Says:

    I am sorry that Mrs. West didn’t call the police and have these people arrested. We live in a dangerous world and I do not blame
    Allen West from being upset that anyone would potentially threaten his wife or family in any way.

  12. Deb Says:

    Way to put himself back in the news! LOL piece of crap the voters finally decided to get rid of!

  13. miselaineous Says:

    Lol, what bedwetters.
    You cannot do anytjing you want to a person who serves the public.
    Try barging into your congressional representative’s office to demand support, and then shout insults when you don’t get your way.
    When the students get called on thier bullying, they hide behind the police.
    Had they behaved in a rational manner, instead of racist insults, we wouldn’t be discussing this.
    I don’t care how you feel about West. His wife is Not fair game.
    Have some measure if humanity.

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  23. Alan Coldman Says:

    I think instead of the headline”Alan West trades barbs with students” it should read more like “Alan West threatens life of student”

  24. jac Says:

    No threatening person should be allowed on campus. I don’t care who they are. Right now nobody and he been mad since he lost the election. We should take anyone threats that they may cause harm.

  25. Exnjcop Says:

    Sounds like FAU is a hotbed of liberal activism. Attack,attack,attack and then accuse,accuse, accuse. Rude disruption and unwarranted allegations to simply make those who stand in your way give up. Sounds like the same sad group that inappropriately stood in the way of a car and then claimed injury, demanded an apology and filed police reports….and lost their school 6 million dollars. A liberal school reaps what it sows.

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  27. RealAngst Says:

    She agreed to the meeting (how else would TWO STUDENTS KNOW WHERE TO GO?) and when SHE lost her temper they left and “nearly broke” a door? Is there damage or not? If there is NO DAMAGE then this is more petty posturing by the meglomaniac that is Ret. (COUGH) Lt. Col. West. FAU is a STATE SCHOOL and the STUDENTS and TAXPAYERS pay the freight. So no MR. West, you do NOT get to call out students for dissenting about an ISSUE that they have EVERY RIGHT to disagree with.

  28. OBIWAN Says:

    Many of us have issued the same ‘warnings’ to those rabid progressive liberal loons who think they can violate rights of law abiding citizens?

    Legal remedies include filing charges with various LEO and ‘outing’ the sniveling rascist cowards pushing their continued agenda of lowered expectations!

    GO ALLEN!!

  29. RealAngst Says:

    Hey exnjcop…there are flights leaving PBIA every hour. Why dont you get on one! FAU is an EXCELLENT College and the young men and women who go to that school SHOULD have a say in what companies they will be associated with for the rest of their lives. GEO has to live with its record and the investigations that have found fault with them. Maybe YOU should educate YOURSELF about why these young men and women are upset, rather than bathe in the blather and accusations of the West’s! One employee heard all this racket? just one?

  30. RealAngst Says:

    Obi…Seriously, seek some help from a licensed medical mental illness professional. What Liberal Loons? TWO kids who made an APPOINTMENT with Mrs. West to DISCUSS an issue where she is a MEMBER of a Board and who they sought DIALOGUE with? Those loons? Students that Mrs. West, in her position with the school, is responsible to? Those loons? Pray tell oh wise one, what “laws” did these students violate? Making an appointment? Not sure what statute that is. Disagreeing with an elder? Cant find that one either! Slamming a door? I know THAT one has got to be here but nope, cant find that one! I swear, these loons demanding the right of free speech are just mucking up this nation.

  31. Professional Protesters Says:

    Can we get the names of those protesters? What city do they live in?

    Seems they certainly are an ‘older’ crowd intent on making political headlines.

    The recent mugshots show older women, not the typical FAU students.

    Let’s see if these are the Professional Protesters that have infiltrated Palm Beach County politics.

    It’s the same old faces over and over again in these ‘protests’.

    It’s the 60′s Bill Ayres’ acolytes.

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  34. slithering fools Says:

    Hmmm…seems the Wests were made for each other…two peas in a pod!!! Wah, wah, wah! You can take a thug outta da hood, but you can’t take da hood outta da thug. That is what West acts like..a thug! He should be banned from the campuses, he made a public threat!! And these days, one can’t be too careful! And we already know he’s a criminal!! That should be enough! We got him out of office, Scott, you’re next!

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  37. PBCnative Says:

    @exnjcop-Go everyone a favor and go back to New Jersey. You have NO idea what you’re talking about-my sister was part of the demonstration and not one thing Mrs. West is saying is true. The only thing that did happen was someone did slam the door a little hard and the windows in the cheaply constructed walls VIBRATED. That’s it.

    @OBIWAN-Please refill your meds. You’re a danger to the community.

  38. PBCnative Says:

    @exnjcop-I meant “Do” not “Go”. Well, on second thought- “GO NORTH”

  39. LOL Says:

    So the side of Allen West we haven’t seen….you mean acting like a MAN, telling the TRUTH and not CRYING like a little BABY??? Oooohhhhh!!! Waht a punk loser?

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  44. Ted the Nimble Says:

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