As you’ve probably heard, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is one of our more interesting new members of Congress. Even before he won his election he was making news here in South Florida, and yesterday he kept his streak alive by going off on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who represents a neighboring district. Ms. Wasserman Schultz had the temerity to suggest that by voting for the ridiculous “Cut, Cap, and Balance” bill, he was shafting his constituents on Medicare — a sizable number — and sucking up to the corporate establishment.
The gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries, unbelievable from a Member from South Florida,” Wasserman Schultz said, saying the legislation “slashes Medicaid and critical investments essential to winning the future in favor of protecting tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires, and companies who ship American jobs overseas.
Mr. West, who despite his service in the military, is remarkably thin-skinned, responded with an e-mail that reads like a screed from a Victorian scold:
You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!
I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.
You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!
May I be so bold as to offer Mr. West a word of advice? If so, that word would be: “Decaf.”