Democrats Call on Allen West Censure and Apology, Neither of Which Are Likely

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Patrick Murphy, the Democrat who wants to take over Rep. Allen West's seat in 2012, says West's attack on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz shows he's "incapable of controlling himself," and says he should face a censure.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith today demanded an apology from West, citing his "long history of inappropriate behavior."

That's some wishful thinking, although neither is likely to happen.

A "reprimand" from the House of Representatives would likely be the only thing that could be brought up.

The last representative reprimanded by the House for a stupid comment was South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson, for screaming "you lie!" at President Obama during a joint session of Congress.

The last representative to face a censure from the House for speech was Texas Rep. Thomas Blanton in 1921, for "unparliamentary language."

Murphy did leave a nice, fiery message against West, though, in advocating his censure:

Allen West has a long history of outrageous comments. However, in the last two days, West has demonstrated unusually bizarre behavior - showing himself to be truly unhinged and incapable of controlling himself. As if referring to Americans who support their President as a "threat to the gene pool" wasn't bad enough, West then unleashed a personal assult on Representative Wasserman Schultz calling her "vile" and "despicable". He then had the audacity to label this brave elected leader who courageously shared her successful struggle with breast cancer with the nation as a "coward". Enough is enough. His conduct is unbecoming a member of Congress. He has disrespected his office and should be censured by the House of Representatives immediately.

West apologizing is even more of a long shot.

We've only known the word "sorry" to come from the congressman (or his office) twice -- once when his intern retweeted a pro-gay band on Twitter, and the other time when he was throwing a fit against New Times calling him out for his flag gaffe, saying, "Well, doggone sorry, perhaps next time I will put on a tie-dyed shirt and jeans, dance around singing anti-war, anti-American songs, and burn a flag."

Still, the flak West is getting from his email tirade continues to mount.

Former Rep. Ron Klein told Politico West's comments were "so over the top, it is hard to even comment."

"I wish I could say I was surprised," says Steve Israel, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman. "Unfortunately, this is exactly the sort of partisan tantrum we're used to from House Republicans as they push our economy to the brink of disaster while pandering to their Tea Party base."

Israel also asked for some donations in that email.

West's other hopeful Democratic challenger, Lois Frankel, said his comments were "out of control, rude, sexist and completely inappropriate."

As usual, West is unfazed, and will be likely be keeping up his antics.


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Ststrade2000@hotmail.com
Ststrade2000@hotmail.com

what do you except from someone Who lies about security level, he claims that he has higher security clearnes than president of United States, that man will sell him mother for his job, get real and kick him of the house.

Tony A. M.
Tony A. M.

Allen West should bite his tongue.

janmarbol
janmarbol

What about the whole "acting like a lady" Victorian Era mess that came out of his mouth? Is he KIDDING. Did he realize where this was going down or was he hallucinating that he was in his kitchen with Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz cleaning the floors and making his lunch? How dare he even think any fellow politician should act a certain way b/c of her/his gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion... Makes me sick that we have these people in our government. It is 2011. Someone please let him know.

Dave Duke
Dave Duke

To bad the C didn't get her. Now West will! You go dog! She's a useless bull horn for Pelosi and that BOY Obama. My god is she fugly too. Put some stripes on her and tattoo a number on her arm.

tony
tony

Solve the debt crisis forget this petty crap. If that bothers here get out of politics.

Alan Burton
Alan Burton

We have to beat them at the ballot box..... democratic hopeful Alan Burton

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Well, then, whoever gets the Dem nomination to run against Mr. West should have no trouble getting audio and video clips to run in commercials and newspaper ads against him. I hope someone is cataloging all of these statements so we can hang this simpleton by his own petard -- or something equally painful. Sure would be a hoot to see a Bachmann-West ticket, wouldn't it? That would surpass the Norman Mailer-Jimmy Breslin mayoral ticket in NYC for a steady stream of comedy.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Saw this in the Sun Sentinel. http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.co...

Macho man was offended by the pixie. Watch out Debbie, Westy has a history of violence towards defenseless enemies and that man has crazy eyes. He has this penchant for exposing his ass as often and crudely as humanly possible. I only hope his Democratic adversaries, in the run up to 2012, don't beat each other up and allow him to skate back into another term. No doubt he will run unopposed in his primary, while the Dems will hack each other up.

nanook5
nanook5

you're a mean one, allen west on facebook is good, thinkprogress usually posts videos of all his gaffes as well

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

Wow, I only saw their original post yesterday. I missed the Updated at July 19, 5:30 p.m. Updated at 7:55 p.m. and 9:35 p.m. Updated July 20, 10:01 a.m., 10:51 a.m. 11:53 a.m. and 1:52 p.m. My goodness.

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