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Joyce Kaufman says right-wing media haven't reached out to her

The saga involving conservative radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman continues this afternoon as Kaufman rails against the media on her show on WFTL playing from noon to 3 p.m. today.

On Tuesday, an email was sent to Kaufman implying that someone threatened violence at a Broward school. Earlier this week newly elected U.S. Rep. Allen West, a Republican from Plantation who ousted Democrat Ron Klein, announced that Kaufman would be his chief of staff in the Broward/Palm Beach district. Kaufman said on her show Thursday that she was stepping down because she didn't want to hurt West after news shows and blogs repeated some of her controversial statements. Among those statements: at a July 4 rally she said: "if ballots don't work, bullets will" -- according to a blog, The Reid Report.

Kaufman says that statement has been misinterpreted to suggest she would incite violence.

"I won't be afraid to use that word...," she said Friday, referring to "bullets." "You can't bring me down."

On her show Friday, Kaufman vowed to help additional candidates get elected to Congress in 2012.

"I don't have to prove to anybody how much power I have to elevate the stature of a candidate in this community,'' she said.

Kaufman flirted with the idea of running for office herself though she wasn't specific about which seat: "I may become a candidate myself." 

Kaufman bashed much of the media for their coverage of the story about her but she reserved some criticism for the right-wing media. She questioned why Fox News didn't reach out to her to get her side of the story.

"It was non-stop, it was vile,'' she said, referring to news coverage about herself. "And we didn't respond."

West's campaign spokesman Josh Grodin, who is now West's deputy chief of staff, could not be reached by phone or email today regarding West's plans to name a new chief of staff.

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