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.