Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) called out the Congressional Black Caucus Monday for eating a Chick-fil-A dinner he provided, despite the restaurant CEO's stance on marriage equality.
Six months ago, West supplied participants at a CBC meeting with food from Chick-fil-A, then left before the meeting began. The recent controversy sparked when Chick-fil-A's CEO Dan Cathy, a staunch Christian, publicly opposed marriage equality, gave new meaning to West's actions. The CBC is openly supportive of marriage equality.
"Let me tell you, there was not one single sandwich or a piece of chicken or a carousel left," West said in a Monday radio interview on the "Glenn Beck Program." "So, obviously they withheld their angst well after their bellies were full six months ago. So, I found it very hilarious."
Last week, the CBC accused West of malfeasance, saying that providing food from Chick-fil-A was a political statement.
"That was an 'in your face.' Every member of the Congressional Black Caucus that was there was offended," Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) told The Huffington Post.
In the ad, a caricature of West was shown punching white women, alluding to the cuts he's supported in women's health care programs.
"Racist is not a term I would utilize to sum up this commercial," Hilary Shelton, Washington bureau director and senior vice president for advocacy for the NAACP, said on Friday. "It looks like a traditional, political, partisan commercial."
"Well, you’ve just got to understand that, you know, executive director Hilary Shelton and really the leadership of the NAACP, they’re nothing more than errand boys for the Democratic Party," he told Beck in the interview. "And they’re going to do anything to make sure that they have a voting electorate block that continues to follow along in lockstep like mindless lemons for the liberal progressive policies and to include Barack Obama."
West is running against Bob Crowder, sheriff of Martin County, for the Republican nomination Tuesday. The winner will face Democrat Patrick Murphy in the congressional election for Florida's 18th District.