Allen West, AKA Harriet Tubman, Sent His Own Brother to "Plantation Overseer" Maxine Waters

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Harriet Tubman
As you may remember, Rep. Allen West -- the self-proclaimed "modern-day Harriet Tubman" -- said the other day that he was starting his own "underground railroad" to get black people away from the "21st-century plantation."

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, whom West had identified as a "plantation overseer" in the interview, later told MSNBC that West had actually sent his own brother to her the next day because he needed help finding a job.

Maybe this was part of one of those revisionist-history textbooks, but we don't remember Harriet Tubman sending anyone back to the "plantation overseer."

Here's how Waters responded to Hardball host Chris Matthews about West's accusations:

Waters: I think that's odd and doesn't make good sense, and I don't think it even deserves a response. Did he tell you his brother was here today?

Matthews: Tell me.

Waters: He has a brother out of work. His brother came up to me, introduced himself, and told me that he had lost his job -- had been laid off -- and I asked him if he'd called his brother. He said he had. I said, 'What did he say?' He told me to come to the job fair -- he told me to come and see you. So we're hopeful we can help his brother.

Matthews: So he sent him to the plantation, as he put it?

Waters: Well, you know, that's a reasonable conclusion.

Rep. West's brother, Arlan West, then told MSNBC's Ed Schultz later that day that he thought the job fair was exactly the type of thing elected officials should be doing, and then talked about his brother's often-outlandish statements:

"That kind of dialogue is not productive, we need to have productive dialogue in Washington," he said. "We need to all sit at the table together as one. We need to stop using negative rhetoric and negative dialogue, because that is not productive."


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Sachitanoisanidiot
Sachitanoisanidiot

TV reporter’s advice to GOP candidate West draws heatby George Bennett | May 14th, 2010 A WPTV Channel 5 reporter’s advice to Republican congressional candidate Allen West on his TV appearances has been deemed “inconsistent” with station policy and drawn fire from the campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton. Klein supporters were alarmed recently when they saw a YouTube video of an event in which West introduced WPTV reporter Angela Sachitano and said she “does our media relations.”Sachitano has no formal role with the West campaign, but she and her husband are friends with the candidate, West campaign manager Josh Grodin said. West said in an e-mail that Sachitano “provides me insights into how to improve my media appearance/presence and conduct of interviews.”Sachitano has covered a handful of stories involving Klein and West, including a recent report on the political ramifications of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.When West opened his campaign headquarters in Deerfield Beach last month, a video posted on YouTube showed him introducing a variety of campaign staffers and volunteers, including Sachitano.“Angela Sachitano, who does our media relations, has done such a great job in helping me to develop that presence, so that when I go on MSNBC, you notice I didn’t smile with those folks, because you have to know how to project the right type of presence, so Angela thank you,” West says in the clip.West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, said later that Sachitano’s husband, a former Army captian, was an early volunteer on West’s losing 2008 campaign against Klein.Angela Sachitano wouldn’t comment and referred questions to WPTV News Director Jeff Brogan.Said Brogan: “Through her husband Angela has a personal friendship with Allen West. While we have reason to believe that relationship has negatively impacted her work as a journalist we did find her involvement with this campaign inconsistent with our policy. We’ve taken the appropriate action to address the situation.”Brogan’s statement didn’t elaborate on the “appropriate action.”Klein campaign spokeswoman Sarah Rothschild blasted West.“To have a high profile member of the media personally advising Allen West, while that individual is also simultaneously reporting on the campaign, is beyond what is acceptable. Of course, unethical behavior from Allen West and his campaign is becoming the norm. South Florida residents deserve fair and unbiased coverage of the news and West is trying to undermine that.”

Joe King
Joe King

Somehow RepWest's revelation that he does drag as Harriet Tubman makes him seem morehuman. And unlike his military encounter no one had to put a gun to his head.

Gotta loveWest's rally against affirmative action AFTER it got him to where he is. Themilitary operates under a strong affirmative directive, hence this clown's risein the military. He had to something in public view before the military couldfinally dump him.

Sachitanoisanidiot
Sachitanoisanidiot

TV reporter’s advice to GOP candidate West draws heatby George Bennett | May 14th, 2010 A WPTV Channel 5 reporter’s advice to Republican congressional candidate Allen West on his TV appearances has been deemed “inconsistent” with station policy and drawn fire from the campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton. Klein supporters were alarmed recently when they saw a YouTube video of an event in which West introduced WPTV reporter Angela Sachitano and said she “does our media relations.”Sachitano has no formal role with the West campaign, but she and her husband are friends with the candidate, West campaign manager Josh Grodin said. West said in an e-mail that Sachitano “provides me insights into how to improve my media appearance/presence and conduct of interviews.”Sachitano has covered a handful of stories involving Klein and West, including a recent report on the political ramifications of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.When West opened his campaign headquarters in Deerfield Beach last month, a video posted on YouTube showed him introducing a variety of campaign staffers and volunteers, including Sachitano.“Angela Sachitano, who does our media relations, has done such a great job in helping me to develop that presence, so that when I go on MSNBC, you notice I didn’t smile with those folks, because you have to know how to project the right type of presence, so Angela thank you,” West says in the clip.West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, said later that Sachitano’s husband, a former Army captian, was an early volunteer on West’s losing 2008 campaign against Klein.Angela Sachitano wouldn’t comment and referred questions to WPTV News Director Jeff Brogan.Said Brogan: “Through her husband Angela has a personal friendship with Allen West. While we have reason to believe that relationship has negatively impacted her work as a journalist we did find her involvement with this campaign inconsistent with our policy. We’ve taken the appropriate action to address the situation.”Brogan’s statement didn’t elaborate on the “appropriate action.”Klein campaign spokeswoman Sarah Rothschild blasted West.“To have a high profile member of the media personally advising Allen West, while that individual is also simultaneously reporting on the campaign, is beyond what is acceptable. Of course, unethical behavior from Allen West and his campaign is becoming the norm. South Florida residents deserve fair and unbiased coverage of the news and West is trying to undermine that.”

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

I'd say West is more of a Marcus Garvey than a Harriet Tubman, except Garvey was articulate and knew how to dress with style. West dresses like an ex-con who just walked out of the joint with a new free suit on.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

At least Momma & Poppa West had one non demented child.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

West=hypocrite.And he still just keeps digging that hole deeper.  The only people who support him are paid to do it or are just as rabid as he is.

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