Democratic Lawmakers Wear Buttons Showing Solidarity With Debbie Wasserman Schultz
WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers and staffers are banding together with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who recently found her "lady" qualities questioned by Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).
After Wasserman Schultz criticized West on the House floor recently, West wrote an email to his colleague and called her "the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the US House of Representatives."
In a particularly memorable line -- one that is apparently inspiring solidarity among lawmakers -- he added that Wasserman Schultz was "not a Lady" and "shall not be afforded due respect from me!"
Rep. Bruce Braley's (D-Iowa) office made pink buttons reading, "We stand with the lady" and was distributing them to lawmakers on the Hill on Friday.
"Congressman Braley and Congressman Wasserman-Schultz are very good friends, and he respects her and the important work that she does," said Braley's New Media Director Mark Noble.
Noble added that he had already received dozens of requests from offices asking for the buttons on Friday morning -- although none from Republicans -- and had handed out nearly 100 buttons so far.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Robert Brady (D-Pa.), Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) and Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), along with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), are among the offices that have requested the buttons.
On Wednesday, West told The Huffington Post that he had apologized to Wasserman Schultz, but both Wasserman Schultz and West's own office later said he never did so.
This isn't the first GOP insult to make its way onto a button. Last year, Boehner told bankers to stand up themselves in the financial reform fight and not let themselves be taken advantage of by "little punk staffers" on the Hill.
Many of those little punk staffers were later all too happy to wear buttons Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) made up poking fun at Boehner.
CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, an earlier photo caption for this story indicated that Rep. Bruce Braley was a Florida Republican. He is a Democrat from Iowa.