West’s controversial chief of staff resigns (Updated)
The Miami Herald‘s Naked Politics blog is reporting that Joyce Kaufman — the controversial talk radio host tapped by Rep.-elect Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, as his chief of staff — has just resigned. Our Luke Johnson reported on some of Kaufman’s extreme statements on Tuesday:
- 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.”
- She became infuriated at illegal immigration after she called Comcast and the recording said, “Press 2 for Spanish.”
- She said at a rally, with West standing by, “Calling illegal immigrants ‘undocumented workers’ is like calling a drug dealer a pharmacist without a license.” She was furious that children of illegal immigrants were educated in public schools and received health care at emergency rooms. “There are people who want to change your way of life, and some of them may be your gardeners,” she said.
You can listen in live to Kaufman’s show by clicking here. The show has concluded.
“We’re right where we’re supposed to be,” Kaufman says, defending her record and citing West’s win as a triumph despite her resignation. She calls critics a “vicious, vile machine that would like to lynch this great African-American hero.”