Allen West Declared a "Tea Party Defector"; He Says Tea Party Has Schizophrenia

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Tom Trento -- national security chairman of the Tea Party National Convention and president of the anti-Islamic group United West -- has issued an "integrity alert," naming Rep. Allen West as a "Tea Party defector."

West joins fellow Reps. Mike Kelly, Bill Flores, and James Lankford -- who spent half an hour talking about post offices on the House floor yesterday -- as people identified as "Tea Party defectors" for being in favor of House Speaker John Boehner's debt limit plan.

Three Tea Party groups -- the Tea Party Express, Tea Party Nation, and Trento's United West -- have said they're going to seek opponents to run against West in next year's primary if he continues to support Boehner.

West's response: The Tea Party has schizophrenia.

"If the folks who one minute they're saying that I'm their 'Tea Party hero' and what, three or 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 Laura Ingraham's radio show.

If the Tea Party groups are serious about running a candidate against West in next year's primary, that's bad news for the congressman -- since he's already committed to driving the Boehner-wagon for his debt-ceiling plan.

Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips told The Hill that they're going to call Florida voters who cozy up to the Tea Party by the middle of next week to sway them against West.

The opposition to Boehner's plan comes from the support of the "Cut, Cap, and Balance" plan, which has gained the sponsorship from many of the GOP's most valuable donors.

Voting on Boehner's plan was delayed last night due to a lack of votes to pass it out of the House, although he's reportedly added some Tea Party-friendly provisions in the hope of passing his plan in a vote this afternoon.


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matt gordon
matt gordon

Being "crazy" used to be a trait that would cause people to lose an election. There are no winners in the race to be the craziest politician.

Tonytyh
Tonytyh

West and Kaufman had a falling out last week. She wanted to interview him and was directed to the communications director to schedule time. Joyce didn't like this and called the congressman to task. He hung up on her.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I think he has the potential to be more moderate. He's been stuck in the military for years. He can evolve.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Best thing for West politically is to continue to veer to the left of the fucktards in the tea party. The tea bagger movement is becoming a pariah, especially after their actions in this most recent debt crisis.

I still believe West has the potential to evolve into a moderate "Barry Goldwater" Republican. He is obviously a bright guy, but the power of religious and military dogma has had a material effect on his personality and philosophy.

Lighten up, Colonel Flag, and you can actually stick around for a while.

"Lighten up, Francis".

Not Joyce Kaufman
Not Joyce Kaufman

And what has become of radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman of 850 WFTL?  Word on the street is that Allen West will not return her telephone calls or appear on the Joyce Kaufman Show.  I thought Joyce was one of the Congressman's greatest supporters.  What happened Congressman West?  Did you and Joyce have a falling out?

nanook5
nanook5

oooh he called them crazy the baggers are not gonna like that

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Its a bad sign for a political movement when the loonies keep pointing at each other and calling the other guy nuts.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Just think of all those wasted bumper stickers. TPers would be better off using erasable crayons in the future. Now if this nut bag isn't good enough for them, imagine how shithouse rat crazy the new kid on the block will be.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Kenny..

Don't believe everything you read on the InterWebs... Especially by an anonymous commenter.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Love the insight. Westy is burning bridges and stepping on old friends on the way up. Funny how TPers don't seem to calculate the ramifications of their choices very well.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Correct me if I am incorrect, but in evolution theory, flawed species are replaced, not repaired. I defer to Darwin.

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