The Ugly Attack Ad Against Allen West In Florida

Can we accuse the makers of this ad of racism, maybe? If West was a Democrat we certainly could – you can’t run an ad accusing a black guy of punching white women and not get branded a racist, right?

And doesn’t the second woman he takes a poke at – it’s at 10 seconds in; we think the first person he punches out is an old lady but maybe it’s a guy – look like Debbie Wasserman Schultz? Maybe Democrats think that would be a bad thing, but for the rest of us, not so much.

Speaking of West, have you heard about this?

A Democratic lawmaker says Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) offended the entire Congressional Black Caucus by delivering Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits to their weekly meeting — and then walking out — when it was his turn to provide the group with a formal lunch.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) told The Huffington Post that the incident happened about six months ago but is now fresh in his mind given West’s recent comments in support of the fast food chain, which is run by a well-known Christian and backer of anti-gay religious organizations. Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy last week sparked a nationwide response from gay rights activists after publicly denouncing marriage equality.

“We have a rotation in the Congressional Black Caucus where every member provides the lunch one of the weeks when we meet,” Hastings said in a Monday interview. The lunches, he said, are often quite delicious.

“We have fried chicken. And we have catfish and BBQ. We do not have watermelon, although sometimes people will have fruit. We serve a full course meal with collard greens. We have Jamaican beans and rice,” Hastings said. But West “sent Chick-fil-A with biscuits. Ok?”

“That was an ‘in your face.’ Every member of the Congressional Black Caucus that was there was offended,” he said.

Asked more specifically why lawmakers were insulted, Hastings said it was because they saw West’s actions as making a statement in support of the conservative views held by Chick-fil-A leaders. West is the only Republican member of the caucus.

“He did it deliberately,” Hastings said, explaining that he saw West’s message as, “You know, ‘That’s what I think of you all.'”

Six months ago, and now it’s a story. You probably already know that Alcee Hastings was a federal judge once, but was impeached and removed from the bench – something only eight people have ever had happen – because he took bribes. And we’re supposed to care that Allen West brought him Chick-Fil-A, which might just be the best fast food in the world; that’s supposed to be an outrage.

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