LOS ANGELES - Former Congressman Alan West quickly rose to political fame, and eventually came crashing back down, due to his outspoken nature and controversial choice of words. Now, his notably sharp tongue may have cost him yet another job.
According to a report on the website Buzzfeed.com, West is leaving his job with a conservative media company shortly after an alleged nasty exchange with a coworker.
The site quotes an anonymous source who claims West yelled at a female coworker telling her to "shut up" and calling her a "Jewish American Princess." Perhaps coincidentally, it was announced shortly thereafter that West would be leaving PJ Media.
West had only been with the conservative media company since this past January and had been hired to act as director of programming for its web-based video channel. He also contributed as a blogger for the company's news and opinion site.
West has denied being fired and is insisting he is leaving for future political aspirations stating in a farewell note to former coworkers that he was going, "on the front lines to expand the message of constitutional conservatism across our country."
Buzzfeed posted what it says is an internal note to PJMedia employess that says West is leaving on his own terms and to pursue other options.
His one term in Congress, West made a name for himself with his hyperbolic speeches and interviews. In one of his more infamous episodes, he wrote a letter to Democratic Representative and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz stating that she was "the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives."
West was defeated in 2012 by political newcomer Democrat Patrick Murphy in a very close race.