by Lynnel Hampton-Bott, Your Black World
“Schizophrenia,” that’s the diagnosis Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) gave the tea party when he accused it of being equivocal on the budget deficit issue. Allen, scheduled to appear during a meeting of the Palm Beach County Tea Party, will face hundreds of angry locals itching to express their dissatisfaction about his vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.
Pamela Wohlschlegel, the group’s co-founder, noted that while some people were focusing hostility on West, not everyone in the local movement was against him. Many supported raising the debt ceiling deal because it seemed like the best compromise at the time.
Nevertheless frustration abounds for the man who was once a favorite of the tea party. Some feel he chickened out and are highly disappointed by his vote.
West seemed unconcerned about the criticism, and stated in late July, “If the folks who one minute they’re saying that I’m their ‘tea party hero’ and what, three or four days later I’m a ‘tea party defector’ — that kind of schizophrenia I’m not going to get involved in it.”
Tea party groups around the nation have threatened to support the primary challengers of Republicans that voted to raise the debt ceiling. In response West said, “If they want to bring forth a primary challenge, then so be it.”