Roll Call reports that Allen West has apologized to Debbie Wasserman Schultz; the Miami Herald reports, sort of astoundingly, that West is pushing back on the story.
West spokeswoman Angela Sachitano says it's "absolutely false. The Congressman is waiting on an apology from the Congresswoman." He's miffed she called him a sexist in 2010 and then essentially addressed him by name on the House floor.
And like Dan Savage says, it gets better. This afternoon, West sent supporters a fundraising e-mail bragging about the diss he'd just delivered of the woman who (for now, pre-redistricting) represents him in Congress.
From: Allen West For Congress
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Subject: vile, despicable, and unprofessional
Those three words sum up my feelings about Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
By now, you've probably heard the story. But I wanted you to hear it from me.
Yesterday, on the floor of the House, I publicly expressed my support for "Cut, Cap, and Balance" -- the leading conservative proposal to help us get our spiraling debt and spending under control.
Once I left the floor, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (DNC Chair) -- who it seems does little except act as an attack dog for the "vast left wing conspiracy" -- attacked me personally for supporting the legislation.
It's not a coincidence that she is the Chairwoman of the DNC and that the Democrats are making me target #1 for defeat.
In a discussion of grave importance to this nation's future, she somehow finds time to try to score political points. And she doesn't have the guts to do it to my face!
Episodes like these show that her agenda isn't to improve the lives of Floridians or to stand on principle. She's an attack dog for the liberal, progressive wing of the Democratic Party -- plain and simple.
And it's times like this that I need friends with me.
Please make a donation of $25 or more at my website right now. And join thousands of other patriotic Americans in standing up against the vicious attack from the Democratic National Party.
Steadfast and Loyal,
Allen B. West LTC(R)
Member of Congress