(Briefing Room) — Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said he had no plans to apologize to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) for a strongly-worded email he sent to the congresswoman. “That is not happening. This is a pattern I referred to in that email that goes back to 2010,” West said Thursday on Fox Business Network. “Finally I think I have the right to stand up and defend my honor and make sure that this type of activity does cease. I sent her a private email, she decided to make it public by releasing it to the news media.” In response to a floor speech Wasserman Schultz gave in which she criticized West’s defense of Republicans’ “Cut, Cap, and Balance” legislation, West wrote an email in which he said that the congresswoman did not deserve his respect. “Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives,” West wrote in the email Tuesday night. “You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!,” West concluded in the letter.