Rep. Allen West Attacks Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for being ‘vile’ and ‘not a Lady’

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is a perplexing figure. The tea party hero has some of the most conservative political positions of anyone in Congress. West is among those in the House of Representatives who is against raising the debt ceiling as the August 2nd deadline approaches.

Yesterday, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) took her fellow Florida congressperson to task for his opposition to raising the debt ceiling and his support for the House’s disastrous “Cut, Cap and Balance” symbolic vote. 

“The gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries, unbelievable from a Member from South Florida,” Wasserman Schultz said, saying the legislation “slashes Medicaid and critical investments essential to winning the future in favor of protecting tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires, and companies who ship American jobs overseas.”

Congressman West did not take kindly to being called out by a strong woman Wasserman Schultz and sent a personal email cc’ing congressional leadership that reads (emphasis added):

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)

I don’t know if I should be taking deep breaths or if I should encourage Congressman West to. West clearly has proven with this personal attack on Wasserman Schultz that he can’t take a little heat on his unacceptable support for cuts in the social safety net which will definitely harm his reelection chances with the Florida electorate. Someone get this guy a tissue because he’s about to cry a river.

Wasserman Schultz responded to his email saying simply, “the truth hurts.” Rimshot!

Update: EMILY’s List sent out an action item to all of it’s members to condemn Rep. Allen West’s sexist comments. Click here to stand with Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz!

Also, for fun check out the hashtag #actlikealady on twitter.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/radicalhw/ Shannon Drury

    Rimshot, indeed! I love that West capitalized Lady, like he expects Schultz to just smile and wave like the late Lady Diana or worse, Our Lady of Perpetual Submission Phyllis Schlafly.

    • http://feministing.com/members/zerlina/ zerlina

      I know right! LOL. the capitalization of “Lady” was hilarious to me as well!

  • http://feministing.com/members/splendiffermetacarpliscious/ Derivative

    Could say that this is good because neither is sticking to mainstream social stereotypes =)

    The trouble with the cuts is that the money has to come from somewhere and if the oil companies collapse the US becomes trapped in reliance on foreign commodities. They shouldn’t be cutting so much from only particular areas true, but they have to support the countries independence. It is a great shame but it’s never as simple as take it from the rich.

  • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam Lindsay-Levine

    Maybe Rep. West becomes a less perplexing figure when you learn that, in his life before politics, he is most famous for, while an Army officer in Iraq, abducting an Iraqi police officer, beating and torturing him, and making the police officer think he was going to be executed, up to and including firing a gun at him.

    • http://feministing.com/members/zerlina/ zerlina

      Well I already knew all that about Rep. West and I still stick by my description that he’s perplexing. I actually think that is an apt description.

      • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam Lindsay-Levine

        I guess this is old news to people more tuned into current events than me! I hope I didn’t offend you, zerlina, by a presumption of superior knowledge, which I clearly do not possess – I intended to be using the generic ‘you’ to address my fellow posters here.

  • http://feministing.com/members/thundermaker/ Thunder Maker

    If someone attacked me the way Rep. West attached Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, I’d know I was doing something right. I love the outrage that SHE is not living by HIS rules. Thank you Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for shaking things up and holding people accountable.

  • http://feministing.com/members/danyfantombeast/ Daniel Ballow

    I think he was more upset by the prospect of someone “talking about him behind his back” than anything else.

    And the “not a Lady” bit is the equivalent to a woman saying that a guy is “not a gentleman.”

    That being said, “The gentleman from Florida” clearly overreacted.

  • http://feministing.com/members/tamanosou/ Ariadne

    Aaaaaand I have a new Congressional heroine. Really … this couldn’t have been better if I had scripted it myself. I really hate all deviations of the word “hysterical” but this really is hystrionics on the part of West. Poor poor baby. Now if he’s going to put himself so squarely in the pockets of big oil he needs to just accept the fact that people with better ethics than him are going to call him on it. Grow up West.

  • http://feministing.com/members/alterantoceanid/ Alterant Oceanid

    I’ve been singing Storm Large’s “Ladylike” ever since I first heard about this.
    “She’s great and she knows how to wear the pants and the rest of your clothes. WTF is ladylike if ladies like to do wtf they like just like you?” It seems like the perfect choice for this situation.

  • http://feministing.com/members/mzza/ Bill

    i’m comforted by his use of the word “heck”