Updated below with response from Wasserman Schultz' spokesman.
Congressman Allen West is once again going after Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz with unusually strong language.
During a radio talk show interview in Houston on Monday, conservative talker Michael Berry, asked West to play a word association game. "I'll mention a name and I'm going to ask you to be undiplomatic unscripted" and say "the first thing that pops into your mind."
When West, a Republican from Plantation, was asked about Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Weston, he replied: "I need a bucket."
The Wasserman Schultz exchange is in the above video at the 2 minute mark.
Berry raised the July 19 incident in which West emailed Wasserman Schultz and several congressional leaders, describing her as "the most vile, unprofessional and despicable" member of the House, labeled her a "coward," told her to "shut the heck up," and said she had "proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady."
West defended the July e-mail, which he said he wrote after she "made a personal attack against me on the House floor." (There's disagreement about whether she personally attacked West. He left immediately after speaking on the House floor. She then spoke, expressing astonishment that the "gentleman from South Florida" – she didn't mention his name – was supporting something that would hurt his constituents on Medicare.)
He said the July blowup came after a long pattern of attacks by Wasserman Schultz, including a pre-election rally she staged outside his campaign headquarters. West said that rally was Wasserman Schultz calling "for a riot and a protest outside my campaign headquarters to castigate me as a woman hater and a misogynist. There are many other things she has done."
Berry asked West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, if he used "psychological intimidation tactics" on Wasserman Schultz.
"I think I did, because she's been pretty quiet," West said.
And he said she avoids contact with him. When they meet in the hallway, West said, "I think she kind of veers off."
West also defended his description of Wasserman Schultz as "not a lady."
"I don't think how she carries herself – gentleman, gentlelady – she is not that way when you think about some of the things that she has said in the position that she's in as the DNC chair and also as the congressional representative. There are many people who came up to me and said finally [someone] said what a lot of people had ben thinking of saying for quite some time, even in South Florida.
"So I stand by what I said, and if I need to say it again if she confronts me, I will," West said.
Wasserman Schultz' communications director, Jonathan Beeton, shrugged off West's latest comments.
"We’ve come to expect these types of over-the-top comments from Allen West," Beeton said. "It is a shame because Americans want their members of Congress to get people back to work and protect seniors and the middle class, not engage in sexist, sophomoric attacks."
West was in Houston on Monday for a fundraising event for his re-election campaign, said his spokeswoman, Angela Sachitano. The trip was paid for by the campaign, not government money.
Some of West's other responses:
General Patton – "greatest war fighting general that the nation will ever know."
Saddam Hussein – "evil."
John Boehner – "speaker. I think it's positive. We voted for him to be speaker and he's doing the best possible job he can."
Maxine Waters – "loud."
Jeb Bush – "principled."
Rick Perry – (long pause) "needs a debate team."
Joe Biden – "let's see, I can think of nutty, I can think of mindless, absent minded."
Ronald Reagan – "America."
Colin Powell – "leader."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun