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Posted at 1:04 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Allen West blames racism, misogyny for aide controversy

By Matt DeLong

Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) defended his decision to hire a Florida radio personality as his chief of staff and blamed the ensuing outcry over her views on immigration on racism and misogyny on the left. The staffer, Joyce Kaufman, resigned last week to avoid an "electronic lynching" after her previous comments on illegal immigrants came under heavy fire.

"I was not hiring a talk radio host. I was hiring a very brilliant political mind, someone that has been in South Florida politics for 20-plus years," West, a tea party favorite, said in an interview Sunday with CNN. "But, unfortunately, the liberal left showed that I guess they are threatened and intimidated by me, and so they went into the attack dog mode."

West went on to say: "I think the American people are sick of, and that despicable, disgusting action and the way that they went after Joyce Kaufman shows that not only this liberal left has some issues with racism. I guarantee you, if I was a black Democratic congressman-elect, they would not be doing these type of actions. And the fact that they're attacking a woman like this, that shows me something about sexism and misogynist behavior."

Kaufman reportedly suggested in 2007 that illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the United States should be hanged. She also referred to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as "garbage" on her radio show on Nov. 8. Last week, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow aired a video clip of Kaufman saying that "if ballots don't work, bullets will."

On Thursday -- the day Kaufman resigned -- schools in Broward County, Fla., were temporarily locked down after a man e-mailed a threat against government buildings to Kaufman. A local Fox affiliate reported that the e-mail writer said Kaufman was the inspiration for the threat.

By Matt DeLong  | November 15, 2010; 1:04 PM ET
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It is quite obvious that some people commenting here have based their opinion about the tea party and what they stand for solely on what is broadcast on television or posted on anti-tea party websites and blogs. If you had ever taken the time to check out tea party websites or attend a rally you would be very surprised at how far off base your opinion actually is. In Illinois alone, there are close to 100 different tea party groups. There are 14 within a 35 mile radius of my house. While most of these groups are loosely affiliated with Illinois Tea Party Patriots others are not. Each group is self funded through donations by its members and various fundraisers(raffles, tshirt sales, etc.). I laugh every time I hear how we are funded by big corporations and secret donors. This is simply not true, it is an urban legend. While we do partner with Freedom Works and other groups for big rallies, we are quite separate, contrary to popular opinion. The Tea Party Express which is another tea party organization is headquartered on the west coast and though they do travel across country, they are generally more involved in federal and state governor elections especially out west. I believe they might take some corporate donations but I am not sure. They have been to Illinois a couple of times but really don't have much involvement here. The largest tea party affiliation by far nationwide is the tea party patriots.
There are three principles that bind all tea party groups together. They are as follows: fiscal responsibility, free markets guided by common sense regulation and constitutionally limited government. That's it. That is what we stand for. As a whole we decided NOT to take a stand on socially divisive issues like abortion and gay marriage because the members are split pretty evenly about these issues and that would just take attention away from what we all consider most important. The goal is to remind every level of government that they work for us, We The People, and not the other way around. I can understand why people would consider us far right because of the last election but that is because the dems were in control. The goal was to send a message to the party in power. Should the gop get cocky they will be shown the door in the next election. Just as they were in 2006. That is actually when the movement started. It just wasn't called the tea party yet. Believe me, I have been watching and involved.
As to the subject of racism in the tea party, it is complete rubbish. Another urban legend. While there have been a few racist individuals that have shown up at rallies they have always been asked to leave when their views have become known. I myself have attended many meetings and rallies in my area and have witnessed only one act of racism and that was by a group driving by in a car screaming out the window at us that we were a bunch of racist pigs, that we hated minorities and that they hoped we would all die. Then they spit at us. Hmmm...

Posted by: fedupinillinois | November 21, 2010 4:34 AM | Report abuse

The fact is The Tea Party movement is becoming very powerful. They are now backed behind the scenes by some very wealthy contributors. Some of the CEO's that the Obama administration
attacked are taking their revenge by quietly backing the Tea Party movement. These are some of the very same people who were caught with their hands in the cash drawer. These new backers have organized the Tea Party movement around the idea that America must believe what we are doing is for everyone. In order for them to succeed at removing all minorities from the White House (ie "Taking America Back") they must convince Americans that this is about everyone.

So even though the Tea Party was organized on a racist foundation, they are being advised by the new backers to stop the racist bantering and go after Obama by using the economy. This will get them in. Once they are in, the plan is to get 'ALL" minorities out of the White House. This is the true meaning
behind the theme "Take America Back"

In the next two years racism is going to come back to America
in a big way. The Tea Party will attack the poor and minorities
on a scale that we have not seen in years. The anger this group
holds for putting a minority in the President's seat is overtaking
any real concern for America. Thus they are determined to get
him out.

There was no Tea Party when Bush was in office and those young men died looking for weapons of mass destruction. This effort cost billions. But this is different the Tea Party believe the country is being taken over by minorities and they are organizing to take it back. Make no mistake this is not about the economy this is about Power and Race.

They are using an old 60's strategy that was employed when Dr.
KIng was under fire. They are placing a few Minorities at rallies
and so on to convince the public this is not about race. A closer
look at these people and how they came to speak at these rallies
reveals book deals and a score of other financial benefits.

The Tea Party movement is a dangerous one. Now it is being
powered by some powerful individuals. If they succeed minorities and the poor will pay dearly. Get ready we are
about to be completely racially divided as a nation. The Tea
Party is going to see to that.

Racism against minorities and the poor is back in a big way.
Unfortunately it looks like the Tea Party will succeed in bringing
America back to a very racist nation because we are not paying
attention. Americans are so bogged down in economic issues they do not have time to worry about racism. This is what the Tea Party is using and counting on as the engine that will drive them in to the White House and drive minorities out. Unfortunately their strategy is working. In the next two years
ALL minorities will be forced into a recession that does not
even compare to what we are seeing now. In America Tea Party
Compassion has a color.

Posted by: Truthalways | November 20, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

JOBMO - apparently using the "race card" is reserved for black Democrats.

PepperDr ... if you want to see what an idiot looks like, get thee in front of a mirror!

Posted by: Hazmat77 | November 19, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Nowhere has he denied that this woman made these statements. He's just blaming the so called liberal media because they called her out for making those statements? Incredible that these wing-nuts think they can just say anything and expect people to not take them to task over what they themselves say.

Posted by: JOBMO | November 16, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid:
"Dark-skinned African Americans who speak Negro dialect unless they don't want to have one are unqualified for public office. Jim Clyburn and Allen West are not qualified to be in the US Congress."

Bill Clinton:
"You know, during my time, these boys would be serving us coffee. Jim Clyburn and Allen West are only qualified to be my coffee boys."

Posted by: skponggol | November 16, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Color has nothing to do with anything here. Col. Allen West is a patriot. Before you go personally attacking him as Ron Klein did, I ask you--have you ever met him? Have you ever been to a rally and listened to what he had to say? Allen West is a Republican. The Tea Party supported him as did over 54% of the voters in a District that is evenly split between Dems and Reps. It is time to stop the body slamming. West is Best and he's our man.

Posted by: lynn-a | November 16, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Just another house negro doing the massa's work, acting like he really has a stake in the process. Just shows you fools come in all colors.

Posted by: TheGeneral1 | November 16, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

We need to clone this man 434 times. It is time to run the pansies out of the federal government.
2012. No liberals. No exceptions.

Posted by: 1911a1 | November 15, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

We need to clone this man 434 times. It is time to run the pansies out of the federal government.
2012. No liberals. No exceptions.

Posted by: 1911a1 | November 15, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

It is laughable that this Republican is screaming racism and sexism over his former chief of staff's "garbage" and pro-genocide comments. Whenever the Republicans get a minority or a woman to do their bidding they always do what Republicans know best--try to divide us!

Posted by: jmr862003 | November 15, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

jkooba: we know exactly who we are attacking (and I'm no liberal). West is a lunatic who barely escaped court martial for violating his orders and common sense by personally involving himself in an interrogation of a suspect accused of plotting to kill him. The target of a threat is the last person who should conduct an interrogation. West fired his weapon past the man's ear into a barrel, violating the UCMJ and his standing orders.

He's had a sketchy employment history, and then just became a complete flake with his off the wall comments (like having a higher security clearance than the President), just for starters. His anti-Muslim comments are nothing short of despicable. He simply doesn't accept that Muslims can be loyal Americans.
Posted by: JoeT1 | November 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse
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jkooba, JoeT1, you'd both do yourselves a favor by researching Lieutenant Colonel Allen West. Don't go spewing your idiotic made up nonsense when you don't have facts.
As a career military officer (1982-2004), West went through a rigorous screening and investigatory process in order to receive his Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented (TS/SCI) clearance. President Barack Obama got his authority by virtue of a popular vote. There is no security process required before one becomes president. The only clearance the president needs is the mandate of the people (by virtue of being elected).
If, in theory, Obama was not president and decided to apply for a security clearance, there's no guarantee he'd qualify for one. He'd have to go through a painstaking process, and investigators may raise any number of questions.
After retireing from the military, he serves in Afganistan as a civilian adviser to the Afghan Army until he was wounded.
West's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal; (two Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters, one Valor Device); Army Achievement Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster); Valorous Unit Award; Air Assault Badge and the Parachutist Badge
In addition, West has been awarded the following service medals and ribbons: National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star device); Southwest Asia Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Army Overseas Service Ribbon (multiple awards); Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal W/Palm Tree and Kuwait Liberation Medal

What have you done with your lives you simpletons?

Posted by: UglyMutt | November 15, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

It's amusing to me how the 'radical right' and/or tea-partiers can think saying illegal immigrants should be hanged summarily, that "if ballots don't work, bullets will", and calling Pelosi 'garbage' is something that's okay - and that when these things are pointed out, the 'liberal leftist media' is being ridiculous.

True, the leftist media stations go into attack-dog mode when new figures emerge in the right and tea-party, and they dredge up all that they can find. The only problem is: While the attack-dog method is biased, many of the things like this they're turning up are true.

When given the opportunity to address particular claims about themselves, tea-party members have repeatedly reinforced the horrible and ridiculous things they said, or added even more of the same.

Yeah, the mainstream media is biased, but so is Fox news. Although you could say they're just Comedy Central's right counterparts...

Posted by: ABurstofLogic | November 15, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

How did this lunatic ever get elected?

Posted by: mylesgordon | November 15, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Words just about fail me. This man is CERTIFIABLE and it will be interesting to see how he fulfills his responsibility as an elected Official. His choice of a "Shock Jock" as his Chief of Staff is a dire harbinger of what's to come. If she was his choice, WHY has she already stepped down? (Smart move on her part, by the way.) It all seems rather Palinesque, if you ask me. It certainly DID get everyone's attention, Tho', didn't it? He is Comic Relief for this new Congress, hopefully, there will be more laughter than tears. Time will tell.

Posted by: billnbillieskid | November 15, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"Congressman-elect West is right.

Many in the biased media,
go into overdrive to discredit those who are in not lock-step with Leftists.

It's refreshing to see a Congressman with guts, who is unafraid to speak back to the "masters" in the leftwing media.

The Leftists have tried to CONTROL all speech and thought in America for far too long.

Posted by: chicago77 | November 15, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse"

Dumbest post of the day.

Posted by: Observer691 | November 15, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of
amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it."
Abraham Lincoln.
If our Gov't keeps bending over for foreigners and treating American citizens like second class citizens in their own country, I want to "exercise my revolutionary right to overthrow it."

Posted by: baz987
____________________
you do realize, don't you, that Lincoln was referring to treason? Our founding fathers knew perfectly well that they were committing treason from the point of view of the British, punishable by death if they lost. Everyone has the "right" to take up arms against their government if they feel compelled to do so, but only the judgment of history will supersede the judgment of treason by the sovereignty you committed treason against

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 15, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

jkooba: we know exactly who we are attacking (and I'm no liberal). West is a lunatic who barely escaped court martial for violating his orders and common sense by personally involving himself in an interrogation of a suspect accused of plotting to kill him. The target of a threat is the last person who should conduct an interrogation. West fired his weapon past the man's ear into a barrel, violating the UCMJ and his standing orders.

He's had a sketchy employment history, and then just became a complete flake with his off the wall comments (like having a higher security clearance than the President), just for starters. His anti-Muslim comments are nothing short of despicable. He simply doesn't accept that Muslims can be loyal Americans.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of
amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it."
Abraham Lincoln.
If our Gov't keeps bending over for foreigners and treating American citizens like second class citizens in their own country, I want to "exercise my revolutionary right to overthrow it."

Posted by: baz987 | November 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Chicago 77, is it also "refreshing" to see a congressman who was dishonorably discharged for participation in a war crime? THAT'LL show all us dangerous liberals what kind of principles you have.

http://www.vetvoice.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=4430

Posted by: F_Grey_Parker | November 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

West's views, and the supposed left wing media's reaction to them, isn't news to West, and Kaufman's views, and the same media's reaction isn't news either.

West knew exactly what he was doing, and knew what the reaction was going to be to picking Kaufman. Since he supposedly doesn't care what the left wing media says, and took great pride running against it, how, exactly did its perfectly predictable reaction force West to dump her?

and what, exactly, did the media do except quote her exactly?

If she quit because she was embarassed having her own words spread more widely than south FL, that's her problem, and West is just whining. Or someone told him to dump her because he would be a bigger embarassment to the GOP than he already is.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 15, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

In the words of VoteVets, "He's a verified torturer, war criminal and liar."

http://www.vetvoice.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=4430

Posted by: F_Grey_Parker | November 15, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Racism? Misogyny? What bunk.

How about the fact that this kook Kaufman was publicly advocating an insurrection against the United States?! That doesn't seem like the sort of thing a congressman would want to be linked to.

I highly doubt that declining the COS position was her idea. She was most likely asked to decline by West once that video surfaced, in order for him to save face.

Posted by: BillJ70 | November 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, because we all know how racist and misogynistic us LEFTIST LIBERALS are. Learn who you are attacking before you attack, Mr. West.

Posted by: jkooba | November 15, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I find it sad that there are actually apologists for these two here. Let's see... he's a war-criminal and she suggested at one of his rallies that West's supporters should start shooting people if they failed at the ballot box. What a stellar exemplar of American ideals.

http://handthatfeedsyou.blogspot.com/2010/11/crazy-is-on-bus-part-1.html

Posted by: F_Grey_Parker | November 15, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

It seems that every negro today has "discrimination" on the tip of their tongues , rangle being the most recent , it remains to be seen, weather it will work 4 him , hand in the cookie jar .

Posted by: sideboom | November 15, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"I guarantee you, if I was a black Democratic congressman-elect, they would not be doing these type of actions."

Well, gee, he's probably right: if he was a Democrat instead of a tea-party nutjob, the Democrats probably wouldn't be going after him. Go figure.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | November 15, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Let me see, where do I start with Allen West? How about this: he was forced out of the military for threatening to kill a detainee he was interogating? It was either that or he'd be court martialed and go to prison for a long time. How about his absolutely ABSURD claim that he retained his security clearance and that it is actually HIGHER than that of the President of the United States? Umm sorry, dude, you don't get a higher clearance that POTUS. So, he's violent and a liar. And probably crazy.

Then there's her. She advocated armed insurrection if her party doesn't get its way. She advocated lynching "illegals" and sending them back COD. Really? Absolute picture of sanity there, right? Well, maybe if you're a Glenn Beck devotee. You know, he has an actual diagnosis and is supposed to be taking anti-psychotics and doesn't. I wonder how many of his followers are just like him.

See, West is using the racism and sexism charges to shut up the left. Supposedly, we Progressives are supposed to stop and apologize for criticizing someone if they are a racial minority or female. We're allegedly not supposed to call them on their absolute crack-pot INSANITY because, well, we are sensitive to race and gender disparity. Well, here's the thing: when someone is as CRAZY as West and Kaufman, we have to call it out for what it is, especially the violent crazy we see. Because it is dangerous. I don't care what someone's skin color or shape are, if they take the crazy nonsense those two have been talking, I'm gonna call them out for it.

Posted by: PatriotWitch | November 15, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

WHwenever we get a bunch of unseasoned politicians in Congress, these types of stories profilerate. People who've spent their lives in public serice have either learned to avoid actions like this, or never advanced very far.

The next couple of years should be interesting. Get ready for some backlash whiplash.

Posted by: krickey7 | November 15, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Another shining example of personal responsiblity from the tea bag set. Good God, grow a pair and own up to your own screw ups.

Posted by: CenterLeft | November 15, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Kaufman condemned herself as a Gongress member's chief of staff with words out of her own mouth: "If ballots don't work, bullets will!" she says.

Funny how West is so quick to play the race and sex cards in defense of a woman who has openly endorsed armed insurrection against the US government in a public speech. Funnier still that he feels safe in playing this game with a man of mixed heritage in the White House.

It's all just so funny I forgot how to laugh.

Posted by: lonquest | November 15, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Another Tea Party pet exposed.

Posted by: pjohn2 | November 15, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Someone is doth protesting a bit too much. She quit because she would have taken a pay cut.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 15, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The Leftists have tried to CONTROL all speech and thought in America for far too long.

Posted by: chicago77 | November 15, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

DUDE!!! Have you tried to listen to talk radio lately? All you can fing is right wing propaganda. Rupert Murdoch has bought up an awful lot of telvision and radio stations and they love to tell Liberals and Progressives after they have taken those shows off the air that it was because no one listened to them. B.S. People who want to hear something other than right wing propaganda have to purchase a satellite radio.

Posted by: catmomtx | November 15, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

He made the poor hiring decision of choosing a chief of staff who doesn't know when to keep her yap shut. There is a reason she is gone.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | November 15, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: HillRat:
"Why is it not hard to find taints of racism amongst the Tea Bag crowd? Hmmmmm? These stories just don't go seem to away .... hmmmmm."

****

Let me reword your statement and see if you find it objectionable:

Why is it not hard to find taints of criminality amongst the illegal immigrant crowd? Hmmmmm? These stories just don't go seem to away .... hmmmmm.

Why is it such a challenge to get liberals to apply the same sort of reasoning to all groups of people?

Posted by: Peejay | November 15, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

If she is in the right and you back her then why did she resign? Saying some nefarious liberal force forced her to resign is just you covering you own ass.

Posted by: nperazich | November 15, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse


Congressman-elect West is right.

Many in the biased media,
go into overdrive to discredit those who are in not lock-step with Leftists.

It's refreshing to see a Congressman with guts, who is unafraid to speak back to the "masters" in the leftwing media.

The Leftists have tried to CONTROL all speech and thought in America for far too long.

Posted by: chicago77 | November 15, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

We had some Representatives before palying the "Shock Jock" in the halls of Congress. They also didn't last long before they were humiliated into leaving.

Mr. West, you are just one more Limbaugh wanna-be, and we couldn't care less about you. You give yourself far too much credit and pats on the back. You are a legend in your own mind. Here's a lesson: Don't believe all the hype people make up about you.

Posted by: fmamstyle | November 15, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what party the woman was in. We don't need people who openly and loudly discriminate against part of the US population. It's hate speech against folks who are citizen & happen to be Muslim. She has said very hateful things. No one in the government should be openly excoriating one group of people who every right to live her. Just b/c she's white, doesn't give her special privlidges to rant & work for the gov. Either work for Congressman or do your hateful radio show, not BOTH!

Posted by: carolerae48 | November 15, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

This toolbag is not going to make it in DC unless he learns when to shut his piehole.

Kaufman is gone -- move on!

Posted by: Observer691 | November 15, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

She has been a radio host for the past 20 years, does this count as political experience? If he feels that it's racism, why did she resign?

Posted by: MsB59 | November 15, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Why did she resign? She has been a radio host for the past 20 years, does this count as political experience?

Posted by: MsB59 | November 15, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Why are Tea Party people Wackos?

It certainly seems to be the #1 common denominator with these people.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | November 15, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I have to figure that even in South Florida, folks sober up eventually. Wait until they figure out what they elected to the Congress!
There is nothing racial or misogynistic about calling a lunatic a lunatic. I find it entirely appropriate that the Congress of the United States finds a conservative "shock-jock", an inappropriate choice for a chief of staff. You wouldn't pick Howard Stern or Don Imus either, now would you?

Posted by: OldUncleTom | November 15, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Why is it not hard to find taints of racism amongst the Tea Bag crowd? Hmmmmm? These stories just don't go seem to away .... hmmmmm.

Posted by: HillRat | November 15, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

It's always entertaining to see an Uncle Tom play the race card. Race had nothing to do with this. Your poor judgement in hiring a kook to be you chief of staff had everything to do with the outrage that ensued.

Posted by: PepperDr | November 15, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Yo, bro, how you be saying
bout dem der white folks who be sayin' dat dey ain't no racist when dey be dissin' Obama?

Posted by: Garak | November 15, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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