Nothing says “working together to do what’s best for the country” like a prank on your colleagues tied to the most controversial political questions of the day. According to the Huffington Post, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) once delivered Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits to the Congressional Black Caucus’ “weekly meeting — and then walked out — when it was his turn to provide the group with a formal lunch.”
It is safe to assume that West, like many who have rushed to patronize the restaurant in recent weeks, supports its president’s controversial anti-marriage-equality stance but is slightly less enthusiastic about civility and collaboration in the halls of Congress:
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 …
“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.’ “
The Democratic lawmaker said West hasn’t been back to any CBC meetings since then.
Read more at the Huffington Post.