After sternly warning college students to stop harassing his wife or they would face consequences, former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., now finds himself the target of a complaint.
West, a retired Army colonel who narrowly lost his congressional seat after serving a notable freshman term, had responded on Twitter and Facebook to students at Florida Atlantic University, where his wife, Angela, serves on the Board of Trustees.
He explained in a Facebook post Wednesday that students had gone to his wife’s office, “stalked her at the FAU Board of Trustee meetings, and sent letters to her company headquarters.”
“How dare you animals attack my wife and her professional reputation. This is your one and only advisory notice,” West said.
He clarified: “This is not a threat, it is a promise that if Angela calls and tells me of one more incident, you will face me, the side of me that you do not want to see.”
He sent a similar message on Twitter: “To FAU students stalking my wife at Bd of Trustee mtgs, end it now. If u believe you can intimidate her, u are mistaken. Nxt time u face me.”
The board has been confronted by student-led protests over a $6 million stadium-naming deal with private prison operator GEO Group, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. GEO Group backed out of the deal April 2 after it was accused of mistreating and neglecting inmates.
Angela West told New Times Broward-Palm Beach she felt harassed because students came to her office uninvited and also called for her to be fired.
In response to West’s messages, Stephanie Rosendorf of the Florida College Democrats filed a complaint with the Florida Atlantic University police against West, claiming his statements were threatening, the Raw Story reported.
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