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Allen West's chief of staff resigns -- says she won't be part of an "electronic lynching by proxy"

"I will not be used in an electronic lynching by proxy," radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman just said, announcing why she won't come to Washington to serve as the Broward Republican's chief of staff. The conservative host's appointment earlier this week touched off an uproar on the Internet -- and TV -- and Kaufman said she doesn't want it to tarnish West, calling him a "distinguished, monumental man."

Her name is also rising in the Broward schools lockdown situation.

"You guys can do all the things you want to me, but I will not participate in you trying to destroy him," she said on her radio show, apparently referring to the press -- whom she is now calling "vermin." MSNBC host Rachel Maddow this week featured video of Kaufman supposedly inciting violence and other websites have accused her of suggesting hanging illegal immigrants.

She called the allegations that she ever incited violence "evil. What you did was evil."

West didn't refer to the controversy in a press release, noting that it was with "deep regret that this Congressional office and the people of CD 22 will not have Joyce Kaufman...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."

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