Republican candidate Allen West defeated Democratic incumbent Ron Klein to represent Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. He spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 20, 2010 and was endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. As one of 32 African-Americans who ran for Congress this year as Republicans, West said he supports the Tea Party movement and dismissed the notion of “racism” therein as having been made up by liberal critics and the news media.
— David A. Harris
Congressman-elect Allen West’s constituents – but especially his Jewish constituents – should be deeply concerned that he has selected incendiary talk radio host Joyce Kaufman to be his chief of staff. Kaufman’s declarations that President Barack Obama’s Jewish supporters ‘don’t embrace being Jews anymore’ and are ‘not serious about saving’ Israel because they’ve ‘stopped caring’ are not only offensive, they call into question whether West can effectively represent his Jewish constituents and his congressional district.
West demonstrated profoundly questionable judgment in choosing a radio host with no policy experience to be his Chief of Staff, and American Jews have every right to be outraged. Kaufman’s record is truly in a class of its own. In addition to her comments about the Jewish community, her remarks about immigration indicate that she does not intend to work seriously on achieving comprehensive immigration reform with her Democratic colleagues – or, for that matter, even with her Republican colleagues.
West’s decision to appoint Kaufman is a clear indication that he is not ready for prime
time. It is also in keeping with the wider trend in which today’s Republican Party is moving further and further to the right by the day, moving ever farther away from the vast majority of American Jews.
See Kaufman’s comments on Jews in the video above.
See below for Kaufman’s comments on immigration.
Kaufman warns that “invasion is crazy over the top,” so we should “shut down” border and deport “illegals”:
Joyce Kaufman on Illegal Immigration: