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More Allen West/Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Weirdness: The Mystery Of The Missing Apology

Allen West says he apologized for the comments that James Joyner wrote about earlier today, but Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s office says no such apology has been received:

Did he or didn’t he?

Shortly after Roll Call reported Wednesday afternoon that Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said that he had apologized to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) for calling her “vile, unprofessional and despicable” in an email, the phones started ringing off the hook.

Wasserman Schultz aides said there had been no apology, and West’s office adamantly denied the report and demanded a retraction.

So, what exactly happened?

West said, “I just apologized,” when asked by a Huffington Post reporter about the situation in the Speaker’s Lobby before votes Wednesday afternoon, according to a tape of the conversation.

The Huffington Post reporter repeated the question later, asking about it in the context of a group of female lawmakers preparing to hold a news conference to condemn him. The Members planned to call on the leadership of both parties to rebuke West. In response to the question, West reiterated that he had apologized before walking into the House chamber.

But West spokeswoman Angela Sachitano doubled down, saying it was Wasserman Schultz who should do the apologizing. Sachitano strenuously denied that West had apologized to Wasserman Schultz and even denied what he’d told Huffington Post.

“In fact, we’re waiting on an apology from her,” Sachitano said.

Wasserman Schultz said on CNN on Wednesday evening that it is “not true” that West apologized and said his message Tuesday was “a tirade” in response to a floor speech on a policy issue that came “out of the clear blue sky.”

“I haven’t received an e-mail or a voice mail,” she added. “I would appreciate his apology.”

So, apparently West didn’t apologize and he lied to the HuffPo reporter, or he did and Wasserman-Schultz is lying. Either way, this episode is already embarrassing  and yet further evidence that West should have used his brain before hitting “Send” on that e-mail.

 

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Comments

  1. nitpicker says:

    This is a man who told his soldiers to beat a captive, then threatened that unarmed captive’s life while discharging his weapon. Then he bragged about it to other officers who turned his ass in. He stated that, in his anger, he forgot how many rounds he’d fired, then, under oath, lied about ever having said that. Why anyone would expect anything but anger and lies from this man is beyond me.

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  2. Brainster says:

    Yeah, he should apologize. He forgot to mention that she’s a screeching harpy.

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  3. Tano says:

    West should have used his brain before hitting “Send” on that e-mail.

    He probably did.
    Thats the problem…

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  4. Greg M says:

    He should not apologize.
    She’s a racist

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  5. Jay says:

    I find this amusing. DWS lies on the House floor about West and it’s fair game because it’s about “policy” but people are getting their panties in a wad because he throws out some adjectives about her?

    You know for once it would be nice for the press to call bullshit on politicians who say idiotic things like, “They want to slash Medicare and Medicaid to fund tax cuts for their rich friends who want to send jobs overseas.”

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  6. WR says:

    @Jay: Why don’t you explain what’s not true about that statement instead of whining about it? Because West voted for the Ryan budget, which slashed Medicare and Medicaid and gave huge tax breaks to the rich. Where’s the BS?

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  7. Neil Hudelson says:

    A prominent politician is issuing nonsensical, contradicting statements, doubles down on the crazy when called on it, and is acting in a manner that defies rationality?

    Do I smell another Republican 2012 Presidential Contender?

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  8. mantis says:

    You know for once it would be nice for the press to call bullshit on politicians who say idiotic things like, “They want to slash Medicare and Medicaid to fund tax cuts for their rich friends who want to send jobs overseas.”

    Yes, why won’t the press call bullshit on the truth and try to shield Republicans from the consequences of their positions? Oh wait, they do. They all work for News Corp.

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