Black Republicans Have to be More Careful
Retired Army Lt. Colonel Allen West has to be extra careful. Just elected to congress from Florida, the bad guys will be gunning for him - and not just because he's a Republican.
"It is with deep regret that this Congressional office and the people of [Florida Congressional District 22] will not have Joyce Kaufman as my Chief of Staff," said Mr. West in a prepared statement. "Joyce is a good friend, and will remain loyal to South Floridians and to me. I will always seek Joyce's counsel for being a good Representative of this Congressional District.
As a Black Republican, West is a threat to the Democrats' trademark as the party of the race divide, and they will work hard to destroy him.
Ms. Kaufman later said on her radio show Thursday that she agreed to step down because because she didn't want to tarnish the reputation of such a "distinguished, monumental man," according to the Miami Herald.
"I will not be used in an electronic lynching by proxy," she said.
West should have known better than to give the evil ones something tangible to use as a weapon against him. Appointing a particularly outspoken radio talk host to be his Chief of Staff was asking for trouble. As you may know, we talk hosts say the darndest things.
Ms. Kaufman has been condemned by a broad range of groups and critics for comments against Democrats, illegal immigrants and for potentially inciting violence.
One such comment suggested armed resistance if conservative candidates weren't elected during last week's midterm elections, saying "I am convinced that the most important thing the founding fathers did to ensure me my First Amendment rights was they gave me a Second Amendment. And if ballots don’t work, bullets will."
Ms. Kauffman also inflamed liberals this week by calling outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, "garbage."
The Hispanic group Somos Republicans on Wednesday called for Mr. West to dismiss Ms. Kauffman because of comments she made advocating the "hanging of illegal immigrants."
When the Hispanic Republicans are chasing you, it's because they see danger ahead.
"Her anti-Hispanic-friendly views are well documented," said the group's founder, DeeDee Blase. "There is a large Hispanic population in the State of Florida; and [her hiring by Mr. West] is concerning to us because we cannot afford to lose this state as it relates to the 2012 Presidential elections with anti-Hispanic rhetoric."
Pay attention Mr. West.
West also wants a role in House Republican leadership. With more than 80 GOP freshmen heading to Washington, Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner and likely Majority Leader Eric Cantor have said they plan to give freshmen a "larger voice" in House leadership and the party steering committee.
As a Black Republican Freshman who is a veteran, the sky is the limit - if West plays his cards right.