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…