Wasserman Schultz, West let the fur fly
July 19th, 2011
09:42 PM ET
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Wasserman Schultz, West let the fur fly

Washington (CNN)-The debt debate got ugly over the internet between two Florida representatives on either side of the House aisle. Freshman Congressman Allen West ripped into Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz over e-mail following her comments on the House floor Tuesday.

Calling the Democratic National Committee Chair the "most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member" of the House, West said, "Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige."

CNN obtained a copy of the e-mail from a congressional source.

Wasserman Schultz offended the tea party favorite by directly disparaging his support of the "Cut, Cap and Balance" bill that went on to pass the House of Representatives late Tuesday-after he left the floor.

"Incredulously, 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," she said, calling West's approval of the plan "unbelievable from a member from South Florida."

West fired back in his message, challenging the four-term Democrat.

"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!" he railed.

"From this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior…You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!"

But Jonathan Beeton, a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz, charged that West's grievance was not actually with the congresswoman.

"I don't think that Congressman West is upset at the Congresswoman, but rather with the fact that she highlighted that he and other Republicans are once again trying to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, children and the middle class," Beeton said. "The truth hurts."

And West refused to leave his gripe on the House floor. Signing the e-mail "Steadfast and Loyal," West vowed, "I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip."

CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: Allen West • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • Debt • Deficit
soundoff (604 Responses)
  1. Inrealityhere

    "I don't think that Congressman West is upset at the Congresswoman, but rather with the fact that she highlighted that he and other Republicans are once again trying to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, children and the middle class," Beeton said. "The truth hurts."

    The truth is: the way it stands now our children and grandchildren will bear the burden that both parties have laid on their backs. Balance the budget already!!!

    July 19, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. Ron

    West is a fool and an embarrassment to the US Army. He should be in the brig. Well, at least the Army doesn't have to hide this clown any more! Don't know how/why this fraud got elected in FL. He's probably FIRED in 2012.

    July 19, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Tom Joad

    Congressman West seems not to be quite the sharpest knife in the drawer. When Wasserman Schultz says he is supporting a plan that would "increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries", that makes her the "most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member" of the House? Come on, guy, get a grip!

    July 19, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. trashcup

    Congressman West needs to man up, he's too sensitive.

    July 19, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. guest123

    How did an 8 year old ever get elected to Congress?

    As critcisms go, that was pretty mild and he completely flipped out.

    July 19, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. franco

    Why did he leave the floor while debate was ongoing? Afraid somebody might say something to his face?

    July 19, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. Angela

    Is he a man? Sounds more like a little boy.

    July 19, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. FBMarky

    Alright! He could've just kept is fat mouth shut and let it slide. But, he had to be a jerk about it. Now, it's news and all of those seniors he's screwing in his district are going to be aware of his actions. Way to go, Mr. West. Keep up the good work. The democratic party thanks you!

    P.S. We don't respect you, either!

    July 19, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. kyle

    The rich and the greedy is what got us into this mess, but now the rich is untouchable, so let's balance the budget on the backs of senior citizens.

    July 19, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Michael Paden

    Mr. West is a coward with the emotional maturity of a spoiled brat.

    July 19, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Bill in Florida

    Sounds like West is a typical Tea Partier, clueless and intent to destroy America.

    July 19, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. chris

    Mr west seems to be applying the following logic: How Dare you tell my constituents the truth about this bill. I'm gonna tell myyyy daaaaaddddyyyy on youuuu!!!!

    July 19, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Randel Tony

    This uncivilized person should be put into prision not in the senate. He opened his wide mouth to insult the lady without giving respect

    July 19, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. David Kemmer

    It is time for congress on both parties to stand up to these tea party idiots who have the audacity to believe that they speak for the majority of Americans when clearly they are a bunch of spoiled brats as this incident shows. It is time to put the tea party in its place. Allen West your behavior is dispicable and shall not be tolerated!

    July 19, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. cjk1953

    Put your egos in check - ALL OF YOU - and get to work.

    July 19, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. lucy2

    "Say it to my face!" he demanded...in an EMAIL.

    July 19, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    and I'm gonna TELL on you too Debbie "WAAAAH!!" This from the congressman that has a higher clearence security than President Obama. MORON!

    July 19, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Henry Miller

    So it's okay to extort more taxes from working Americans just to save the Medicare crowd a few bucks? Will you Libs never cease trying to buy votes with other peoples' money?

    July 19, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  19. Debbie

    House Whine!

    July 19, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. xavier

    "I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip." How childish can you get? He might as well be saying that he is going to run and go tell the teacher.

    July 19, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  21. Charlie from the North

    Typical Tea Party fare here. Let's face it America, they suck and the sooner we put these idiots in their place and their ideas are consigned to the dustbin of history the better. The GOP better watch it or they will destroy the once astrong (and mildly progressive) party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan. For shame for shame.

    July 19, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. Pat in IL

    Aside from the fact that he couldn't have gotten a passing grade in debate, this man is no professional and no gentleman. I can't tell if he is ridiculously thin-skinned, or if he is just a bad tempered baby.

    July 19, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  23. marie buch

    I wonder if we asked the senior citizens of Florida, who they would support in this squabble?
    Wasserman or West?

    July 19, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. keeth

    The Democratic representative understands the traditional way of addressing another member of Congress, in the third-person, even when they disagree. The Republican representative doesn't want to talk about the specifics of her statements, but rather wants to resort to name-calling and violence. The GOP is keeping it real classy, America. Remember, vote GOP = Greed Over People in 2012. Save the rich!

    July 19, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. mm

    unbelievable....................................tantrums, instead of discussing the issues.

    July 19, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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