Rep. West On Wasserman Schultz: 'Vile, Unprofessional And Despicable'

By Fred Lucas | July 20, 2011 | 11:40 AM EDT

( – A battle of two south Florida House members heated up Tuesday when Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz – the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee – attacked Republican Rep. Allen West, before West sent an e-mail saying the chairwoman is “vile, unprofessional and despicable.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) AP Photo

Wasserman Schultz said on the House floor, “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, 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.”

West responded with an e-mail that said, “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,” the West e-mail continued.


Rep. Allen West ( Photo)

West, a former Army colonel, was elected in 2010, but has become among the most well known freshmen members. Wasserman Schultz, first elected in 2004, became party chair in the spring and became known for comments accusing Republicans of setting a “death trap” for senior citizens and wanting to drag America back to the racist Jim Crow days.