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. bud

    Don't make her mad. We're depending on her to help oust Obama

    July 20, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Ben Alcobra

    "If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up."

    West said that in an email message, not to her face. Hey, Congressman West: if you have something to say to Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz, stop being a coward and say it to her face. Otherwise, shut the heck up.

    Republican hypocrites are funny. I like the way they announce themselves as phonies in the same messages they use to attack their opponents.

    As for the content of your cowardly email message: oooohhh, tough guy. Slap that upstart "Lady" down. She dared to criticize a man. Courteous of you to capitalize the word, though, big guy. Now, hit the locker room. Gym class is over. Time to get back to Economics 101.

    July 20, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Jim in San Mateo

    Mr. West needs a spanking and to grow up. Once again, one of our legislator is acting like a spoiled brat. If he wants to play that way, he should take his marbles and go back to his district and find someone who has leadership and responsibility qualities.

    July 20, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Elbert

    Debbie, you ignorant slut: Colonel West is a decorated war veteran and you are a vile whore. End of story.

    July 20, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Jack Sprat

    West is an OREO who need to stop backstabbing his constituents.

    July 20, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Connecticutian

    More frightening than either of the congresspersons' behavior is the fact that the commenters here probably vote. There should be an inteligence test before you're allowed near a polling place.

    July 20, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Edward

    First off anyone be it Democrat or Republican who thinks we can balance the budget and keep the country from going bankrupt without Medicare and Social Security cuts is just a friggin idiot. Wasserman Schultz is playing politics. Her own party leader President Obama has said he is willing to make those cuts. Second she shouldn't be cowardly and insult people behind their backs. If she thinks she is so right she should have the courage to tell people to their faces. So typical of the poor representatives we have in government today.

    July 20, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |

    "Absolutely nauseating" are the words that come to mind every time Wasserman's sticks her obnoxious face on the tele. She's such a useless tool of the whacked out loony toon lib brigade..

    July 20, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Rightwing

    West is a real American, Debbie is a political hack! I would vote for West in any election.

    July 20, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. molleja

    D. W. Schultz has a vile, arrogant, spiteful mouthpiece.......there is hate in her speech. Accolades to Rep. West for his stance against D.W.S.'s shrill, disrespectful behavior towards him. D.W.S. has no shame.....this makes her an asset to the Dems.

    July 20, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Statman29

    What's he gonna do next, cry to his mommy? What a tool.

    July 20, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Greg

    How wonderful we have a Nazi party. GOP are Nazi, period! Shame to racists. GOP does not have common sense. West is a Nazi even he is a black. Shame to you, Nazi!

    July 20, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    Lets see........

    First this guy basically abused prisonbers in Iraq,now he REALLY llet Wasserman-Schultz have it by talking tough in that email.

    Hey West....how about you FOLLOW your OWN advice and go tell Wasserman-Schultz how YOU felt to her face ?

    Ooooooh thats right....you're a real internet tough guy.

    And brother......lose the high top fade. You're a grown a#@ man. That haircut hasn't been in style since 92 when I was high school freshman. What are you ???? 15 ?

    July 20, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. mary

    If the congressmen spent more time in the room and less out soliciting funds they might know what is going on. I had thought he was a decent person although I did not agree with him politically, but now I think he is an a**.

    July 20, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. sqeptiq

    Westy is just mad that he has fallen behind Michelle Bachmann in the CRAZY SWEEPSTAKES so he is trying to catch up.

    July 20, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. acura2010

    These are "thugs" that was elected in congress. All these mad dogs come to congress raising all this hell, disrepecting the President and one another. This is not cute and very unprofessional. These nut jobs particularly West, Joe Walsh should be shown the door real quick.

    July 20, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. AJ

    Alan West, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio..... the 3 stooges.

    Tax Breaks for the Wealthy!!!!! HAS FLORIDA EVER BEEN IN WORST SHAPE?

    July 20, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. AverageGuyInRedStateKansas

    Wait a minute! What's that peeking out of Alan West's hip pocket? Why, IT'S GROVER NORQUIST!!

    "I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip." Wow! That's like being drummed out of the Book of the Month Club. My dog Peggy Sue is much better behaved than Mr. West. What a loser.

    July 20, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    West can kiss his you know what goodbye.

    July 20, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. tom

    What is the problem? Everything he said about her is true. The real issue is the petty political hypocrisy displayed by all you thumb sucking Dems. Get over it.

    July 20, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. USA

    Uh oh ... Florida AGAIN!

    July 20, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Zeke

    I'm waiting for Rep Sheila Jackson to state the obivious, Ms. Wasseman has to be a racist!

    July 20, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Richard

    Suffice it to say that Congressman West's grossly intemperate remarks are unprofessional to say the least. Steadfast and loyal? Please!

    July 20, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. leona

    D.Wasserman-schultz is everything Mr.West called her. I am happy he put her in her place. She is a loud mouth liberal and lies like a drunk sailor. She demeans the office she holds. She replaced A.Weiner in the House as the biggest loudmouth obnoxious liberal . I hope she goes away just like Weiner did ! Mr.West is a patriot and cares about the fiscal problems of this country. He was voted in to do exactly what he doing.

    July 20, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. molleja

    Greg, what you see in others you see in yourself......that's right, YOU are the Nazi.

    July 20, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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