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Controversial Talk Show Host Turns Down West

November 11, 2010

Looks like Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) won't be bringing a conservative firebrand to D.C. after all.

In a tersely worded statement, West announced Thursday that conservative talk show host Joyce Kaufman will not be his chief of staff.

"It is with deep regret that this Congressional office and the people of [the 22nd District] will not have Joyce Kaufman as my Chief of Staff," West said. "Joyce is a good friend, and will remain loyal to South Floridians and to me."

West's decision to hire Kaufman made waves earlier this week. It was part of the reason why we named him one of the top five incoming freshman not ready for primetime. Kaufman has made numerous controversial statements in the past, including several very incendiary remarks about illegal immigration.

According to the Broward New Times, Kaufman is currently on air talking about the job. "Last night I called Congressman Allen West and told him I could not accept" the position, she said. She added that she "will not be used in an electronic lynching by proxy."

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