Sheila Jackson Lee, Andre Carson and Maxine Waters hardest hit.
(Politico) — After threatening to quit the Congressional Black Caucus over controversial remarks from colleagues about the tea party, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) says he’s staying aboard after all.
West, a tea party favorite in his first term in Congress, had flirted with leaving the group after comments at a CBC event from Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), that “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me . . . hanging on a tree.”
But on Thursday afternoon, West — the caucus’s sole Republican — said his brand of conservatism will be a part of the CBC in the future — and he wouldn’t quit the group.
“Cowards run from challenges, while warriors run to the sound of battle,” West, an Army veteran, wrote on his Facebook page.
“There may be those who criticize my decision but consider if Henry O. Flipper or the Tuskegee Airmen had taken the easy out over the hard in,” West continued. “Those men are part of my legacy as a career military office, a proud legacy.”
West said he met on Wednesday with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), who chairs the CBC; Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.); CBC Executive Director Angela Rye; and his own chief of staff. A CBC spokeswoman confirmed the meeting.
During the meeting, West said he condemned Carson’s comments.