Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, fired an intern this past Friday for re-tweeting a message supportive of gays on West’s Twitter account. West earlier this month called gay marriage an “oxymoron.”
Roll Call reports that the message the intern sent out was “a tweet from the Scissor Sisters, the very out-of-the-closet three-person band specializing in dance tracks and camp”:
The group tweeted: “Dear Tracy Morgan’s son: if you are gay, you can TOTALLY come live with me. We’ll read James Baldwin & watch Paris is Burning. xxANA”
West’s office quickly sent out a message clarifying the mishap:
Very sorry about the unauthorized RT. We were not hacked, an intern made an error. Apologies to all.
West has been very open about his radical social views. In a conservative event earlier this month called the Eagle Forum Collegians, West linked gay marriage to abortion and the debt crisis as a cycle that will end our “society”:
The term “gay marriage” is an oxymoron. Because marriage is a union and a bond between a man and a woman to do one thing: the furtherance of society by procreation, through creating new life. Have you ever read the book America Alone by Mark Steyn? It’s about demographics. And if we continue with a cycle of debt and punishing our unborn then it just becomes a matter of time before you don’t have society.
West is facing a tough reelection. Pro-abortion rights group Emily’s List has already selected a candidate to challenge West in 2012. He is also getting special help from the National Republican Congressional Committee because the organization believes he is particularly vulnerable coming in to this next election.