08/19/2011 07:28 am ET | Updated Oct 19, 2011

Allen West, A Tea Party Champion, Faces Backlash Over Vote To Raise Debt Ceiling

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?"

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