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Rep. West withdraws job offer to Jewish talk show host


November 11, 2010 | 2:17 pm

Newly elected Florida Rep. Allen West withdrew a job offer to a Jewish talk show host who called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “garbage” and said Jewish Democrats “don’t embrace being Jewish.”

West, who in the Nov. 2 elections ousted incumbent Ron Klein, a Democrat, from his Broward and Palm Beach counties area district, issued a statement Thursday expressing his “deep regret” that Joyce Kaufman would not work for him as his chief of staff.

“Joyce is a good friend, and will remain loyal to South Floridians and to me,” West said. “I will always seek Joyce’s counsel for being a good Representative of this Congressional District.”

Kaufman’s appointment drew controversy because of comments she made on her radio show likening Pelosi (D-Calif.) to “garbage” and saying Jews who voted for President Obama were denying their Judaism.

West, an Iraq War vet, campaigned in the heavily Jewish district by challenging Klein’s pro-Israel credentials, even though Klein had taken the lead on a number of pro-Israel issues in his two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

West drew Jewish fire when he called a Klein campaign videographer “Gestapo” for filming West campaign events—a routine practice. The videographer is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors.

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