The 'vile' saga continues
July 20th, 2011
07:01 PM ET
12 years ago

The 'vile' saga continues

(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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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. one voice

    Allen West is mad because He may no longer get His MILLION DOLLAR ( UNDER THE TABLE ) ENVELOPES from His Corporate Masters if the Democrats VOICES ARE HEARD. Thank You Debbie

    July 20, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. Mike

    Wasserman Schultz is a racist and felt comfortable in her personal attack. She should be reprimanded.

    July 20, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Lisa P

    So West is "standing by" his hissy fit while simultaneously claiming the right to whine about its being made public? Curiouser and curiouser.

    July 20, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Mike

    So Debbie launchs into a personal attack against another Congressman, then when he responds, she feels "shocked". What a fool.

    July 20, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. @OmegaRaiel

    Allen West sent her a vile vindicitve e-mail and has moved on. Why can't she? – Really? Republicans admit to thinking this way?

    July 20, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Mr. West seems to be a very angry man, and has misdirected that hate and anger at someone he seems to not know.

    Hope he gets voted out. Did he HACK into her email? Who gave him her personal email address? These things should be investigated.

    July 20, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. RS, CA

    This "woman" totally creeps me out . . . ugly AND vile!

    July 20, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The voters in Rep West's district should be concerned and upset over his angry behavior towards Rep. Wasserman Schultz. His deep passion and dedication to his party and ideology is not in question, but his inappropriate and hateful action puts into doubt his character and judgement.

    July 20, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Jan

    Wasserman deserved every word Allen called her. He called it like it is. Too bad she can't handle it. She's a whiner. The people in her district should dump her. I'll donate to the campaign of the person she runs against.

    July 20, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Kimberly Shiley

    Yeah for Allen West. You are a bully Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz

    July 20, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. TheTruthBeKnown

    This Woman is one emotionally sick lady! She is borderline racist and a socialist to boot. Vote her OUT Florida; we need to get constitutionally sound congressional representatives to do the business of the country NOT RUN FOR CONGRESS every time they are on the floor of congress!

    July 20, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. jr

    Actually it is liberals like Debbie who are cracking under Republican heat to end America’s border free welfare trough, because they are worried that their tax sucking welfare constituencies will turn on them, unless kept satiated by American tax payers. Jackals have more integrity than liberals, because they don’t lie about their intent to steal and devour, albeit like Debbie they do sneak in and attack, only when backs are turned.

    West should stand firm, because there’s really no reason to apologize to jackals, because he got in the way of their savagery.

    July 20, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    "We're waiting on an apology from her.'

    Wasserman Shultz is not the one that made the sexist threat, West did.

    WS merely stated facts and if West had been in the Chamber doing the job he is paid to do, she would have said to "his face".

    Although the case can be made that a forum such as the House floor is hardly "private" it is also broadcast on CSPAN so if you are not doing the job you are paid to do, perhaps you should tune the flat screen to CSPAN wherever and whenever you run out to play with your little gun!

    July 20, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Mike Dallas

    West is too small a man to apologize, he would rather call women names.

    July 20, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    West is a disgrace to be called a man and is certainly not doing what he was voted in office to do but if you have a little voice like West all your ignorance goes on display.

    July 20, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. Too Smart to be a Republican

    West and the rest of the Tea Party are what is "vile." The TP extremists have brought the discourse in this country to a new low and their backward policies will hurt everyone but the ultra-wealthy. The GOP has to go - they refuse any reasonable effort to compromise and would rather see our senior citizens in poverty, our education system in shambles, and our environment decimated rather than ask for a small tax increase on ultra-wealthy Americans. They only work for the richest 5% of the country. The remaining 95% of us need Democrats. Obama and Democrats 2012

    July 20, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. Wanderer

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz did the right thing for her people. The typical GOP doesn’t like anyone like her to represent the true Americans. The GOP wants someone who represents the riches and big businesses. The GOP is willing to gamble the economy with the sweat and blood of the middle class and poor Americans and seniors.

    July 20, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Where are all the GOPers claiming that Wasserman Schultz is being attacked because she's a woman – you know, like they claim when anyone criticizes Palin or Bachmann ?

    July 20, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. roscoe

    Lives in one district and represents another? How is that even possible? I think West should keep his head down and hope no one notices what he is, or isn't, doing. Pretty poor excuse for a congressman.

    July 20, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. jean2009

    How can anyone arrive in Congress and fail to represent the bulk of people they represent? Rep. Wasserman Schultz is correct.

    July 20, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. James Ruston

    Allan West is not a gentleman.

    July 20, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  22. Root and stem

    Wasserman Schultz should resigne for her racist attack on West.

    July 20, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. Jerry

    Well Lady, you started it. Now, woman-up live with the consequences. I hope you learn a lesson from all of this: You do not need to be a replacement for Weiner (NObama's previous attack dog). I really believe you can do it on your own!

    July 20, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    I've seen a lot of threads here from GOPers and right wingers calling Debbie everything BUT a child of God. If she's ticking off the righties that much then she HAS to be doing something right. As we used to say a few years back..YOU GO GIRL!!

    July 20, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |