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GOPer Allen West Not Hiring Talk-Radio Host Kaufman As Chief Of Staff


And Kaufman has now declared: "I will not be used in an electronic lynching by proxy... you guys can do all the things you want to me, but I will not participate in you trying to destroy him."

Does this mean she'll be headed up to those remote hills of Kentucky, like she earlier promised -- and "gather together men and women who understand that some things are worth fighting for -- and some things are worth dying for"?

We're guessing she'll probably just stay in Florida and on the air.

Late Update: Something else was very odd about Kaufman's brief hiring. As the station had initially announced, she wasn't exactly quitting her employment with them -- they intended for her to remain as their Washington correspondent:

WFTL is proud of their midday drive talk host as she goes into the belly of the beast to report to us live from DC! While Joyce has accepted a position on the staff of Congressman-Elect Allen West, CD 22', she has been retained as our Washington correspondent, with details on her new exciting schedule to be announced soon...keep listening for details!

Such an arrangement could potentially have run into problems, given ethics rules about outside sources of income on Capitol Hill.