Freshman GOP Rep. Allen West's temper has once again landed him in hot water - more seriously than usual this time, thanks to an over-the-top email attack on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. After his fellow Florida lawmaker criticized West on the floor of the House Tuesday, West fired off a vitriolic attack calling her ‘the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the House of Representatives’ and ’not a Lady.’" (Politico Morning Score)
About Allen West (FL)
As a Tea Party candidate for Congress in 2010, Allen West (R-FL) promised South Florida voters a representative focused on creating jobs and rebuilding the state’s bad economy – a promise he repeated time and again on the campaign trail.
Instead, Allen West took up an agenda that trampled on women’s health.
In January 2011, days after taking office, West teamed up with anti-women’s health leader Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to propose legislation to eliminate comprehensive private health insurance coverage for women. Then, he joined Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) in an attempt to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from providing preventive health care like cancer screenings and birth control through federal programs.
Still, no jobs plan.
Amid his anti-women’s health crusade, West did find time to draft an e-mail to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), calling her “vile," "unprofessional," "despicable," and "not a Lady.” This should not surprise anyone considering that before running for Congress, West contributed to a Florida magazine that called women “oral relief stations.”
West’s antics, rhetoric, and voting record have earned him a zero percent pro-women’s health record from Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
He was elected to Congress under the promise to create jobs for the folks in South Florida. Instead, he has pursued an ideological, dangerous, and sexist agenda.
And with your help, we can send him packing.
We need your help to show our support for these candidates to show West that words and actions have consequences; that access to health care isn’t a matter of ideology.
Women won’t stand for it, and we’re watching.
Key Anti-Women’s Health Votes
- Allen West: Liberal Women Are ‘Neutering American Men’ http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/04/25/161001/allen-west-liberal-women/
- Allen West and Tea Party Protested by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz http://youtu.be/A_emijttK40
More Quotes from Allen West
"We need you to come in and lock shields and strengthen up the men that will go into the fight for you. To let these other women know, on the other side, these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women who have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient.” (Speech at Women Impacting Nation Meeting)
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