A screenshot of a YouTube clip featuring Rep.-elect Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, and his new chief of staff, Joyce Kaufman (Pic via YouTube)

The station wrote in a statement, “While Joyce has accepted a position on the staff of Congressman-Elect Allen West, CD 22, she has been retained as our Washington correspondent. … Keep listening for details.” #

Carol Dixon, counsel for the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, told ThinkProgress that she had not heard of Kaufman’s situation in particular, but said that generally this setup could be “potentially problematic.” “There may be potential confidentiality issues — some of the issues she’s reporting on may be gained by virtue of her House status. At a staff level it seems problematic,” Dixon said. The committee’s rules also say Kaufman must earn a fair market salary from WFTL, and refrain from using any office equipment for her radio duties. #

Luke Johnson reports on Florida for The American Independent. #

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