Allen West, the tea party messiah, is facing a backlash from the very activists who propelled him into the national conservative stratosphere.
At issue: West’s vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, a position that’s put him at odds with the conservatives who have hailed him a hero.
The Florida Republican’s Facebook page has become a destination for West-bashing. “Allen West, please go home, reminisce about what your rhetoric was when you ran,” one person wrote. ”I never ever thought he would vote like this — I can only wonder what is to come from West at this point,” wrote another. “I feel like Col. West stole from me,” wrote one donor. “Can I get a refund?”
“We’ve expressed that we’re disappointed in him,” said Everett Wilkinson, chairman of the South Florida Tea Party. “The knee-jerk reaction was, ‘Let’s replace him.’”