"Allen West Slams Tea Party For Turning On Him: ‘That Kind Of Schizophrenia I’m not going to get involved in’"
Tea Party leaders from the Tea Party Express, Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Founding Fathers, and United West are targeting their hero Rep. Allen West (R-FL) and three other GOP freshman for supposedly trading in their Tea Party principles to support House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) debt ceiling plan. Chaffing under his new title of “Tea Party defector,” West scoffed at his supporters’ derision this morning on the Laura Ingraham Show. “If [Tea Party] folks, one minute they are saying I’m their Tea Party hero and three, four days later I’m their tea party defector, that kind of schizophrenia I’m not going to get involved in,” he said. Listen here:
In response to West’s charge, Tea Party National Convention organizer Tom Trento said, “The explanation to that schizophrenia is simple…the focus is on the principle.” As for West, Trento bit back, “The individual representing that principle changed. The focus is on the principle. That’s not schizophrenic.“