Right Wing Radio Invades Congress

Without a doubt there’s a significant degree of civility missing from today’s political climate, and after last week, no sign that civility will make a comeback anytime soon.  Take, for example, Congressman-elect Allen West (R-Fla), a tea party candidate who unseat Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla). 

West has hired local conservative talk radio commentator Joyce Kaufman to act as his chief of staff.  Kaufman is known more for her offensive and provocative comments then any ability to manage a Congressional representative and has wasted little time in letting the public know just what she thinks of her soon-to-be colleagues, including outgoing Democratic leadership.  According to Kaufman, they are “garbage.”  Lovely.

It’ll be interesting to see just how far this kind of rhetoric takes both West and Kaufman.  Just a few of Kaufman’s gems include a call to hang illegal immigrants and charge their families the cost of returning the bodies to “where they came from” and criticizing regional supermarket chains for recognizing the Islamic New Year.

It’s one thing to campaign as an outsider and to try and force the Washington status quo out of its slumber.  It’s quite another thing to come into Washington with open disdain for the job and the people you were elected (or in Kaufman’s case hired) to serve.  There is nothing “mavericky” about the later.  In fact it smacks of poor taste and a rudeness that is nothing short of a total disservice to our democracy.  If government is so bad, and the people who serve such “garbage” then do everyone a favor and opt out.  There are serious issues to tackle and shock-jock radio tantrums won’t get the job done.

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Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

thanx for article.

Patricia S.
Pat S7 years ago

Michael M,
What a joke. Check out the number of Limbaugh listeners as well as many others, including the left-wingers!!!!

Tori W.
Past Member 7 years ago

well, i'm impressed...now we have another loud mouth, opinionated, bigoted media celebutante hired to work for a politician. yes a marriage made in heaven. my only question, is why did it take so long to happen? now, let us interpret the message from the voters in this last election: was it "we really want more, and more obtuse, insipid, one sided rhetoric while you steal us blind. oh yes, please do!" are politicians so stupid as to think this was the message? wow! and they are stealing us blind, so what does that say?

David M.
David M.7 years ago


ruth a.
ruth a7 years ago

Yes, Charlene R. although she wasn't removed but took herself out of the position. "Last night [Nov 11], I called Congressman Allen West and told him I could not accept his" job offer, says Kaufman.

Charlene R.
Charlene Rush7 years ago

Isn't it true, that she has already been removed from this position?

Michael M.
Michael M7 years ago

Here's a clue to right-wing wackos... You are irrelevant and the more you and your generation depends on 'radio', we of the 21st century will be listening to 'podcasts' and to things in the 'Internet', not that old and soon to be outdated technology called 'radio'...

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago

Not surprised here. PAYBACK TIME.

Ronald Ellsworth
Ronald E7 years ago

Just another wacko nut case, possibly WORSE than Beck on Faux Noise channel.

As for civility, let the wackos write what they want here. Hopefully they will at least use their butterfly credits for good causes.

Phil R.
Phil R7 years ago

It will be interesting to see if ANY of these TPs can do any better than wag their tongues. I'm guessing they're all talk. I don't think they have a clue what needs to be done to fix things in America. These were the people who supported the Bush administration. That would be the administration that put us in a recession, sent our jobs offshore, and allowed wall street to run wild.