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Allen West: House GOP leadership ‘sold us down the road’ for ‘pathetic policy’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Allen West said Friday morning that he’s steamed at how the House GOP leadership did not “stand against” what he calls the “pathetic policy” that came out of the payroll tax cut extension last month.

Asked during a radio interview with WMAL‘s Morning Majority host Brian Wilson about how he feels about Speaker of the House John Boehner, West said, “I was very upset about what happened with this payroll tax cut extension.”

The Florida Republican complained about how the House GOP leadership “sold us down the road” and ditched “a good piece of legislation that took care of it for one year,” by accepting the Senate’s “two-month extension which was absolutely pathetic policy.”

“I mean, we can’t do tax policy that way,” he said.

West said he plans to make it an issue when he returns to Congress.

“So, when we get back to Washington, D.C., the first House GOP conference, we’re going to have to have some serious discussions about how do we get ourselves on the same sheet of music. Because, we really felt that our leadership did not stand against the Senate Republican leadership,” he said.

Asked if he foresees an attempt to unseat Boehner, West said: “I’m not going to speculate about that.”

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