August 7, 2012, - 5:46 pm
Allen West never disappoints. You gotta love his spunk and chutzpah. Wish this guy were Prez! Wish he was on the ballot instead of Flip Flopney.
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.’”
Well, if they didn’t like it, they could’ve given the fried chicken to the White servants. Ya know, like in a “let them eat cake” Marie Antoinette/Congressional Black Caucus moment.
By the way, someone needs to remind Rep. Hastings that anti-gay sentiment is rife in the Black community, where the term and practice, “on the down-low” originated. Gay marriage is about as popular among Black American voters as it is with the Chick-fil-A chief, Dan Cathy.
Oh, and by the way, assuming the story is true–and you can’t believe everything (or even most things) out of Alcee Hastings’ mouth, I’ll bet he happily partook in the Chick-fil-A dinner.
Tags: Alcee Hastings, Allen West, Chick-fil-A, Congressional Black Caucus