Former Congressman Allen West is leaving his position with PJ Media for what he calls political reasons, though his departure follows an alleged altercation with a female staffer.
PJ Media issued a statement, according to BuzzFeed:
“In order to focus on political interests, Allen West will transition from his full-time role as director of programming for Next Generation.TV to a twice-a-month contributor of written commentary on PJMedia.com, effective October 1, 2013,” PJ Media financier Aubrey Chernick wrote to staff in an email from Sept. 16. “I wanted our staff and consultants to have this information first. However, PJ Media is not announcing this publicly for several weeks, so please do not share this news with anyone outside of the company until you see our public announcement.”
West issued a message to his staff, saying: “Shortly, I will be giving up my position as director of programming at Next Generation.TV to get back on the front lines to expand the message of constitutional conservatism across our country.”
BuzzFeed said two sources witnessed an argument West had with a female employee, calling her a “Jewish American princess” and telling her to “shut up.”
West admitted there was an exchange with the employee, but he told BuzzFeed he was leaving his job voluntarily.
“No, I didn’t get fired,” West told BuzzFeed. “I’m leaving to pursue political aspirations. That’s it. There’ll be a statement that comes out and it’s effective in October.”
West will continue to contribute written commentary to PJMedia.com twice a month.