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Thursday
Jan062011

Allen West First Republican In CBC Since 1996

And he's terrifying, but more on that in a second.

Allen West is one of two black Republicans who joined Congress after wins in November. He recently announced he's joining the Congressional Black Caucus which hasn't had a Republican member since 1996 when Gary Franks of Connecticut was part of the caucus. And West's membership should be interesting considering he is certifiable, and not in that, "We politely disagree way," but in a, "He believes in violent voter suppression and almost killed a guy" kind of way.

More after the jump.

West, a Florida representative who rode in on the Tea Party wave, thinks President Barack Obama isn't a "real American" because he spent time in Indonesia as a child and didn't play Little League Baseball. Oh, and he hates the idea of a "big tent party" or inclusion. Oh, and he was discharged from the Army in Iraq for roughing up a police officer and firing a gun near the officer's head. Oh, and he's kind of known for hanging out with a criminal motorcycle gang that, in the past, has members who have spouted some anti-semitic, sexist and racist rhetoric. And he hates Muslims. For real.

None of that was a euphemism for anything.

From People for the American Way (via Gawker):

West also has close ties to the Outlaws motorcycle gang, which an NBC News report found had criminal ties and a website that features a page honoring members who are in prison, extolling "members convicted of violent crimes, including murder." In a letter, West wrote: "Please, no more references to ‘criminal' because I can tell you, they have the utmost respect for me and that which I seek to achieve. I was never more amazed at how members of the Outlaws guarded me during a one hour cell phone radio interview."

West has addressed events sponsored by Outlaws-linked organizations, used Outlaws members to harass his rival's campaign workers, and writes a column for the group's magazine. The magazine, "Wheels on the Road," has published anti-Semiticracist and sexist material, and once called women "oral relief stations."

West encouraged his supporters to use violence in suppressing the votes of opponents, saying, "You've got to make the fellow scared to come out of his house."

Dude is kind of horrifying. What the hell, Florida? And how weak were the folks who ran against him?

Soooo ... this should go wonderfully. I'm sure West and CBC member, Rep. Keith Ellison, who has been targeted by some Tea Party people because he is Muslim, will get along just dandy. And, for what it's worth, the CBC said they would be welcoming to either West or South Carolina's Tim Scott.

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Reader Comments (28)

Part of me is impressed by Mr. West successfully used gang tactics like a member of Tammany Hall, but that might be because I just read Gangs of New York. I don't fear Mr. West having a huge effect on policy because I am sure the Rebuplican leadership is going to do everything they can to marginalize the Tea Partiers.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDash

Here is the difference, he is NOT in Florida, he is in DC, home of the Embassies, elites of all races and surrounded by liberal whites who brook no nonsense with low brow motorcycle gangs. I can tell you that the Muslim Community and the Jewish community in DC and MD will not tolerate this mess.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbdsista

He sounds kind of...mentally unstable

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavidE

Is he in any way related to Uncle Ruckus?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatador1015

i wonder what kind of skeletons we'd find if we'd investigate other CBC members. but wait, investigating them would be.....racist.

oh the horror!

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLOL

btw, he beat the incumbent. so really, maybe it's righting a wrong.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLOL

i wonder what kind of skeletons we'd find if we'd investigate other CBC members. but wait, investigating them would be.....racist.

oh the horror!

Do you actually believe that the other members of the CBC havent been investigated in some way, shape, fashion or form? Or are you just posting just to post something no matter how irrational of illogical it is?

I believe it's the latter.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInvisibleman

That motorcycle gang is no match for the politicos this batch of inexperienced freshman are going to encounter. Let the K Street feeding frenzy begin.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe_A

@ invisible man

not hip on sarcasm are you?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLOL

I'm an idiot.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLOL

@matador1015 Im pretty sure he and Uncle Rukus are first cousins

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLovely

Can't you see he yearns for the Reagan era based on the high-top fade.......
They worship Reagan in every way! It is a dead give-a-way!

Radio Raheem strikes again.....

Justice

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustice

now I really like him.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermiguel

He rode in on the wave and will wash out with the tide. Does he actually have a grey "Box/high-top fade" hair cut???? .....Google him, he does. Blank stare. Does he get his hair cut in 1989?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternovnova

@ The A, K street, heck we can start with the National Press Club and work our way back through the Washington Ministers Conference and the Congresspeople's staffers and wives.

Yes the fade is a bit um retro?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbdsista

I'm going there, first of all NO one in DC brags on their contacts in prison ... KISS of Death, second, there will not be leather motorcycle gear featured at the CBC fashion show in September. The Jews in this area and especially Rockville, Bethesda and Pikesville and Towson will be up his ass faster that you can say Shalom if some crazy ish comes out his mouth that is anti semitic and whats real funny is the Arabs and Jews will unite against him if he spouts crazy Islam/Judaism stuff because they tend to unite over religious freedom and protections.

I am waiting to see how he navigates the METRO area, this is not parochial, crazy, we love David Duke Florida.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbdsista

@LOL is that what it was? Right.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInvisibleman

I see teh crazy wants to come out to play

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreenafrodiva

I'm not in the guys' district and I do not agree with his tea party politics. But, I do admire how the hightop fade has finally made it into the halls of Congress.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWenzel Dashington

By the way the the kids today have brought the hightop fade back. It's actually retro/back in style. At least it was in 2010.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWenzel Dashington

That fade reminds me of Jim Brown's character in "The Running Man"...O.o

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCDF

I am not really sure why this guy would be interested in the CBC given his views.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandigirl

This guy is just scary. Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC gave him a chance to retract his insistence that the freakin' President of the United States should endanger his life by landing in a combat zone, and he not only wouldn't take it, he reiterated the sentiment, because "That's the kind leadership I believe in."

It is unbelievable, how far this craziness has gone. The sanity threshold for getting elected just keeps going lower and lower. Not just in the House, either. Michelle Bachman, anyone?

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarbles

LMAO @ he's scares y'all. but i bet no one complained about how scary he was when he wore the uniform and was protecting our way of life.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

- George Orwell

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLOL

I'm not one to gasp. I actually gasped at the reference to women as "oral relief stations". *clutching my pearls

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika M
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