Allen West to DNC Chair: You're 'Vile,' 'Not a Lady'
Florida congressman refuses to apologize
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2011 1:07 PM CDT
These two ain't friends.   (AP Photo/Getty Images)

(Newser) – Allen West refused to apologize today, after flipping out on fellow Florida rep Debbie Wasserman Shultz yesterday. Wasserman Schultz had criticized West—without mentioning his name—saying it was “unbelievable for a member from South Florida” to vote for the GOP’s “cut, cap, and balance” plan, because it “would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries.” West lashed out with an email calling her, “the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the US House of Representatives," the Daily Caller notes.

“You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!” West declared. Democrats were aghast—EMILY’s list called the comments “sexist,” and the DCC sent a fundraising request decrying West’s “hate-filled screed,” according to USA Today. But West stands by his statements and insists he's the injured party; a spokesman said he'd complained to congressional leaders about the “low level she has chosen to stoop to attack Congressman West."