Make us your home page
A Times Editorial

Legislative food fight

U.S. Rep. Allen West likes to be outrageous. But the Broward County Republican went too far in attacking Weston Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the midst of a debate over a debt reduction plan. He should apologize, but we won't hold our breath.

Wasserman Schultz spent less than three minutes speaking against a Republican debt reduction bill Tuesday and indirectly referred to West's support of the legislation. West then fired off an e-mail that called her "the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the U.S. 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,'' he wrote. "Focus on your own congressional district!"

Actually, West lives in Wasserman Schultz's district. But West, who speaks to Hillsborough County Republicans on Saturday in Plant City, doesn't let facts or history get in the way of a temper tantrum. You could fill the House chamber several times with unprofessional members of Congress and Wasserman Schultz would not be on the radar.

The sniping continued Wednesday. West told Fox News he was staking out his ground. Wasserman Schultz said on MSNBC that "it's not really surprising that he would crack under the pressure" of defending deep Medicare cuts. And both sides were using the flap to raise more campaign money.

No wonder voters have such a low opinion of Congress and compromise is a dirty word in Washington.

Legislative food fight 07/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours