Representative-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) decided this week to follow up a controversial and highly successful congressional campaign with a staff announcement in the same vein.It doesn't get better. The Florida Independent has a rundown of some of Kaufman's rhetoric.
Conservative radio show host Joyce Kaufman will serve as chief of staff to West, a Tea Party-backed political insurgent from Florida's southern coast.
Kaufman is a local staple on Sunshine State airwaves, talking politics from 12pm-3pm on WFTL as part of a lineup that includes heavyweights such as Lou Dobbs and Michael Savage. According to the WFTL website, she'll be retaining a correspondent position while she carries out her Capitol Hill duties for the West camp, a setup that a House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct believes could be "potentially problematic," according to ThinkProgress.
Perhaps more problematic than her employment future, however, is her rhetorical history. As if a blend of her two commentator colleagues, Kaufman is herself known for lobbing partisan firebombs that often focus on issues such as illegal immigration and, more broadly, Democratic leadership.
In August 2007, when discussing illegal immigrants, she said on her show, "If you commit a crime while you're here, we should hang you and send your body back to where you came from, and your family should pay for it."Is it a non-violent crime? Rand Paul would disagree with you on the punishment. He doesn't think non-vioent crimes should be considered a crime...
Okay, enough about Rand Paul. This person, a commentator, is being hired as a CHIEF OF STAFF to a CONGRESSMAN-ELECT. Where is the shame? There better be outcry by the Republicans that voted for West. Kaufman's rhetoric is unbecoming for a chief of staff.