Could Chief of Staff overpower Congressman West?
When I heard Allen West had tapped radio personality Joyce Kauffman to be his chief of staff, I immediately thought 1) why would she want that job? 2) does she know how demanding that is?, 3) does a former Army Lt Col know what he is getting?
A Lt. Col knows what a chief of staff does in the Army, though he wasn’t a General and didn’t have one. Allen West is no push-over. His credentials are strong in academics and military service. He knows nothing about how to right the economy. I can’t find a bio for Kauffman. It will be an interesting pair up on the Hill.
“Incoming congressman Allen West taps outspoken Fla. radio host as chief of staff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 9, 2010; 4:26 PM
Congressman-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), who rode the tea party wave to unseat Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), has hired Joyce Kaufman, a local conservative talk radio commentator known for her provocative and sometimes incendiary statements, as his chief of staff.
In discussing the move on her show Tuesday afternoon, the husky-voiced radio commentator said she is excited to come to Washington and get a "bird's-eye view" of Congress. Kaufman dismissed the outgoing Democratic leadership as "garbage."
"Over these months I have been blessed to form very wonderful relationships with the West family," Kaufman said, adding that she had been a supporter of his campaign. "I looked at this family and [told] myself, how do you not fight and put them up on the pedestal when we've got this garbage up on the pedestal now, people like Nancy Pelosi?"
It's true that newly minted Washington chiefs of staff do not usually employ such rhetoric when talking about their new jobs. It's also true that few freshman classes in Congress contain as many rabble-rousers as the incoming Class of 2010.
West's campaign manager, Josh Grodin, defended Kaufman's outspoken style. "What's been working in Washington has not been working," he said. "Things need to be different."
Kaufman is an afternoon host on WFTL-850 AM in the South Florida market. The station on Tuesday announced on its Web site: "Joyce Kaufman becomes a Washington Insider!"”
“Joyce Kaufman Radio talk Host in Florida,Tea Party Leader,Defender of Israel February 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments
The historical and political truth about our rights and legitimity is unquestionable. Mistakes done by Israeli government(s) in Anapolis or before should not be respected and should be put right immediately. No Jewish leader has the right to abandon any part of the Land of Israel. The Jews have the right to build and live freely in their country. We have modern political rights dating back to the First World War: “After World War I, the borders and countries that today make up the Middle East were created – Iran, Iraq, Syria, etc. Modern Israel was created the same way! The countries of the world charged Britain [in the San Remo Resolution of 1920, based on the League of Nations and Balfour Declaration] with creating a ‘national homeland’ for the Jewish People, based on the ‘historical rights’ of the Jews, and calling for Jewish immigration and settlement here. Only a quarter of the land, including Hevron and Shechem, originally designated for the Jews by the League of Nations, was left for us.”