Tea Party Hero Allen West Fired After Alleged Anti-Semitic Slur

Allen West

Allen West is leaving his job at PJ media after allegedly calling a female staffer a “Jewish American princess.” Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

Poor Allen West. The former Republican congressman from Florida just can’t seem to keep a job. According to BuzzFeed, West has left his job at Pajamas Media after an argument with a female staffer, during which he allegedly called her a “Jewish American princess.”

The BuzzFeed story says that West denied that he was fired, but he did not deny that an argument had taken place. When asked specifically if he had called the other employee a “Jewish American princess” West responded “There was an exchange, that’s all.”

West has a history of behavior similar to this alleged incident. In 2003 West, then a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel serving in Iraq, was investigated following accusations that he abused an Iraqi prisoner. CNN reported on the incident on December 13, 2003.

The commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division on Friday accepted a U.S. military investigator’s recommendation and ordered administrative action against Lt. Col. Allen West, who was accused of using improper methods to force information out of an Iraqi detainee.

Following a military hearing, West was fined $5,000 over two months, according to West’s civilian attorney, Neal Puckett.

The punishment does not affect West’s eligibility for retirement and pension, Puckett said in a statement.

West, 42, will be assigned to the rear detachment of the 4th Infantry Division awaiting the processing of his retirement request, the statement said.

West admitted that he had lost his temper and that he had acted improperly. Had his commander, Major General Raymond Odierno, rejected the investigator’s recommendation West would have faced a court-martial and as much as 11 years in prison.

While a congressman, West went on an email tirade against fellow Floridian Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, following remarks she made on the floor of the House that he took far too personally. In the email he said

Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

Always willing to play the victim, West displayed his utter lack of class after narrowly losing his re-election bid to Democrat Patrick Murphy. In typical fashion, West explained his loss not on a rejection of his combative, divisive nature, but by claiming that his opponent cheated in some unspecified way. West told radio host Mark Levin

I’m not going away just because of a congressional race where he seems to have to cheat to beat me.

Also worth noting is that the “fiscally responsible” West, who voted against Obamacare and supported the Paul Ryan budget plan that would slash the social safety net, was the fourth largest giver of taxpayer money to his staff after he lost to Murphy, according to the site Legistorm.com. West gave bonuses totaling $81,525 to staff members in the fourth quarter of 2012.

So what will Allen West do, now that he’s out of yet another job? Here are some ideas:

  • West likes to fight. He would be a perfect fit in the UFC
  • Monday Night Football. Oh, wait. That didn’t work out too well for fellow righty Dennis Miller. Scratch that.
  • Spokesperson for the NRA. Aren’t we all tired of Wayne LaPierre?
  • Replacement for Gordon Ramsey on “Hell’s Kitchen.”
  • If all else fails, it looks like Gilberton, Pennsylvania may be in need of a police chief.