(CNN) – Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted Wednesday that fellow Florida Rep. Allen West's e-mail rant was the kind of attack she's never experienced before.
In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room," Schultz added, "And I was surprised that he sent that to my personal e-mail, an e-mail that he didn't previously have."
But the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee claimed that West's insult-filled message including an accusation that she was the most "vile" House member didn't faze her, instead charging that the real heat is coming from West's own backyard.
"It doesn't surprise me that he would react to the untold pressure that he's getting from his constituents," she said. "He is clearly feeling that pressure. If he can't handle that pressure he probably should change the position."
Wasserman Schultz directly answered West's e-mail challenge to focus on her own district by insisting she was doing just that when she called West's support for the "Cut, Cap and Balance" bill "unbelievable" on the House floor.
"He is a constituent of mine," she confirmed. "I was dutifully doing my job and representing my constituents and taking to task someone who I think is really taking the wrong position to the people we represent in south Florida."
According to Wasserman Schultz, Allen is a resident of the 20th congressional district but represents the 22nd.
And though reports circulated Wednesday that West offered an apology to the congresswoman, she asserted that was not the case.
"I have not received an apology, I haven't received a phone call, I know he has my e-mail, I haven't gotten an apology on my e-mail nor on my fax machine in my district office, or at my congressional office at the Capitol, or at the Democratic National Committee.
A spokesperson for West confirmed that no apology had taken place and argued the issue should never have been made public in the first place.
Angela Sachitano told CNN,"We're waiting on an apology from her. He's standing by what he said. He made a statement, and he's moving forward."
For Wasserman Schultz, moving forward should include the ability to handle House floor debate. "That's what we do," she said. "We engage in back and forth…I simply debated the policy issues on the House floor and I got a tirade in response."
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