The outspoken Florida representative sets off a mild firestorm by saying about 80 Democratic legislators are card-carrying Marxists or socialists.
Herman Cain -- remember him? -- made a minor splash earlier this week when he floated Florida Rep. Allen West's name as a potential vice presidential nominee. There are a number of reasons why that wasn't going to happen, including but not limited to his short record in government (a single term in the House), a near court-martial while serving in Iraq, and a history of inflammatory statements. But sure, here's another.
West, who faces a tough reelection struggle after redistricting, was in Palm City on Tuesday night speaking to voters. He was asked, "What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists or international socialists?" Here's how the Palm Beach Post reported it:
The conservative tea party icon also got in shots at Democrats and President Obama, who spoke Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University. West said Obama was "scared" to have a discussion with him. He later said "he's heard" up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are Communist Party members, but wouldn't name names.
West complained that he was taken out of context by the paper, and the video above vindicates him: After a very long pause, he explained that he means the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of the most liberal members of the House and Senate.