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Rep. Allen West Turns On Tea Party

Rep. Allen West Turns On Tea Party

 

Florida Republican Allen West used to the the Tea Party’s favorite son.  But it seems he lost that status now that he voted for the last Boehner debt ceiling plan.

And the Tea Party is not happy about the betrayal. Upon hearing rumblings that one group would look for a new congressional candidate, West called the Tea Party “schizophrenic.”  Of course, that didn’t improve relations at all.

Via The Hill:

“One minute they’re saying I’m their Tea Party hero, and three, four days later I’m a Tea Party defector; that kind of schizophrenia I’m not going to get involved in it,” West said on conservative Laura Ingraham’s radio show.

Tom Trento, an organizer for the Tea Party National Convention who is involved in the leadership of two Tea Party groups, said, “The explanation to that schizophrenia is simple … the focus is on the principle.” Speaking of West, he said, “The individual representing that principle changed. The focus is on the principle. That’s not schizophrenic.”

So does this mean the Tea Party will really try to get West out?  After all, they have threatened already to primary those who don’t stand up to their principles.  But the local groups say no, and the bigger issue appears to be whether he can hold his own against whomever ends up as his Democratic challenger, especially in a mostly senior district that won’t be happy with his talk about cutting Medicare.

To hold onto his seat, West may have to take on a little “schizophrenia” of his own.

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9:01AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

What I am so concerned with is the lack of the individual to think for themselves. This gang warfare that has been effectively used in our government is tantamount to being held hostage only to come out suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. WE HAVE TO STOP ALLOWING OURSELVES TO BE DESIGNATED TO THE ROLL OF HOSTAGE.

WE REALLY NEED TO TAKE A PAGE OUT OF THE WISCONSIN PLAY BOOK. NOW!!!

6:36AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I can only hope the voters see him for who he really is. I find this man to be one of the most scary currently in Congress. He is so aggressive and doesn't seem to have the decency to abide by most of the rules and customs that Congress has adopted over the years.
I think he shoud vigorously fight for what he believes is right but use terms that are not as violent and damning. I can't figure out how this man every got elected in the first place. C'mon Tea Party, admit your mistake.

1:10PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

ALLEN!, YOU GO MAN!!!..., THAT HOLE YOU,RE DIGGIN, IS GETTING MIGHTY DEEP,

ALMOST BIG ENOUGH FOR YOU TO "STRETCH OUT"

6:55AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

GREAT story, Robin, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

11:37PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Diane R.: what racist right?

Keep in mind it was Richard Nixon who enacted affirmative action.

12:08PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

I remember an article on this site called, I think, "Allen West hates everyone" I guess he really does!

Criticizing the Tea Party, Go Allen West......I guess

In other news, Jimmy Pop from Bloodhoung Gang has criticized musicians who use crude, sexual lyrics in their music :D

11:27AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

9:12AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

OK, one bit of morning coffee light reading and humor for the day. Thanks Robin M.

9:10AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Neither he nor anyone in the Tea Party should be using big words like "schizophrenia" without looking them up first. Asking their mom doesn't count.

7:36AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Did Hell just freeze over?

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