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Allen West rips 'vile' Wasserman Schultz

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July

Rep. Allen West sent a scathing email to fellow Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz after she criticized him for supporting the House GOP's "cut, cap and balance" plan. Wasserman Schultz spoke on the floor after West had this afternoon. After hearing her criticism (see video below) he fired off the email.

From: Z112 West, Allen Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM

To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric

Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

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. 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!

Steadfast and Loyal
Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)

The email was first reported by Politico.

Wasserman Schultz spokeswoman Jonathan Beeton said in a statement:

"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. As someone who lives in Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz's Congressional district, Congressman West knows that we have hundreds of thousands of seniors in South Florida who have paid into Medicare throughout their lives and now rely on this program to keep them healthy and active. The truth hurts."

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:23am]

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