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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48 comments

Jean  L. C.
Jean Corcoran4 years ago

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!!!

Karen C.
Karen C.4 years ago

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.

joan g.
scarlett g.4 years ago

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

ALMOST BIG ENOUGH FOR YOU TO "STRETCH OUT"

donald baumgartner

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

Tom Y.
Tom Y.4 years ago

Diane R.: what racist right?

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

Robert T.
Robert T.4 years ago

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

Zeke S.
Zeke Springer4 years ago

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Tami Kennedy
Tami Kennedy4 years ago

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

Fern D.
Fern D.4 years ago

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.

Laura Mitchell
Laura Mitchell4 years ago

Did Hell just freeze over?