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Labelling Joyce Kaufman and Allen West as “Right wing Extremists”, the Left has visciously attacked both of them, and caused Ms. Kaufman to withdraw as West’s Chief of Staff. In the midst of the uproar over her appointment, the Broward School system, one of the nation’s largest, was put on lockdown after suspicious emails annd threats appeared at the radio show host’s station, WFTL. Now the “rest of the story” appears, with an arrest, of a left wing member of the Green Party:

The woman charged by the FBI with making a threat that led to the lockdown of more than 300 Broward County schools after hearing the words of right-wing talker Joyce Kaufman isn’t a member of the Tea Party — she’s a member of the Green Party.

Ellisa Martinez was arrested yesterday for making an emailed threat and a phone call to Kaufman’s radio station, 850-AM, on November 10. In the email, Martinez feigned agreement with the fiery arch-conservative rhetoric of Kaufman and Sarah Palin, but she’s she’s officially on the other side of the ledger. According to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office, Martinez is a member of the Green Party, a progressive left-wing group focused on environmental issues.

The FBI says that after Martinez saw a tape on MSNBC of Kaufman at a July 3 Tea Party rally, she fired off a threatening email that led to a lockdown at all Broward County schools. During the speech, Kaufman made her now-infamous statement that “if ballots don’t work, bullets will.”

With the arrest of Martinez in Los Angeles yesterday, we finally get a better picture of the email that caused a maelstrom that also prompted Kaufman to quit as Congressman-elect Allen West’s chief of staff, a job she had initially accepted.

The threatening email was sent to Kaufman at the radio station, and Kaufman, a former liberal, has hinted repeatedly that the email was a hoax from a left-wing activist, not a declaration of war from one of her Tea Party adherents. 

The email:

“dear ms. kaufman, i was so thrilled to see you speak in person for congressman elect west. i was especially exited to hear you encourage us to exercise our second amendment gun rights. i felt your plan to organize people with guns in the hills of Kentucky and else where was a great idea. i know that you know one election is not enough to take our country back from the illegal aliens, jews, muslims, and illuminati who are running the show. i am so glad you support people who think like me. I’m planning something big around a government building here in Broward County, maybe a post office, maybe even a school, i’m going to walk in and teach all the government hacks working there what the 2nd amendment is all about. Can I count on your help?”

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     At the same time that Lt. Col. Allen West and radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman were in the crosshairs of the liberal left media on Wednesday, the entire Broward County School system (the 6th largest in the nation) was put on lockdown due to an email and telephone threat made to the radio station Joyce Kaufman works for, WFTL850:


Federal investigators have interviewed a person of interest about the cell phone and website threats about a shooter that prompted a code red lockdown of the nation’s sixth largest school district Wednesday.

“No one has been arrested,” Pembroke Pines Police Capt. Dan Rakofsky said Thursday. “That person has been talked with, is uncooperative and is a person of interest.”

Rakofsky said someone in Florida who is located outside of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade counties was interviewed.

He would not reveal that person’s gender or any other details.

“Pembroke Pines police investigators had help from the U.S. Marshals, FDLE and the FBI, and the Secret Service,” the police captain said.

The investigation went through the night, Rakofsky said, and also included a joint terrorism task force.

Though it has been reported that a law enforcement source said the Internet threat was believed to have originated from Palm Beach County, Rakofsky said, “It is incorrect information as far as I know. There is no Palm Beach County connection.”

Investigators traced both the electronic message placed on radio station WFTL’s website and the call from the phone, work that was “very, very complicated and complex,” Rakofsky said. “There were many phone numbers associated with the phone. There are switching stations and servers and it’s a complicated thing to investigate.”

As far as a connection to WFTL radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman, who was offered the chief of staff job for U.S. Rep.-elect Allen West but has announced she cannot accept it, the police captain said, “Yes, the email, it was actually a contact page on a website, and it was directed to Miss Kaufman. The threat was made, we can’t speculate as to why the threat was made or what the person was thinking or why they thought it would be a good idea to make the threat.”

Federal agencies have taken the lead in the investigation, Rakofsky said.

“There is no connection to Pembroke Pines at this point,” he said. “The person of interest is located outside the tri-county area.”

He complimented the prompt collaborative effort of local, state and federal agencies involved.

“The federal agents have been instrumental and pivotal,” he said. “Not to mention the fact that there are probably many more charges that could be brought federally than at the state level.”

Unless otherwise requested from the Broward School District, Rakofsky said there will not be SWAT teams at schools when they reopen Friday after today’s Veterans Day holiday.

“There is no lockdown scheduled for tomorrow,” Rakofsky said. “We believe the level of safety was the same as it was during dismissal yesterday,” though he would not comment on why the threat is diminished.

For parents whose children had nightmares or are complaining about being stuck in a classroom for up to four hours, not able to use restrooms or eat lunch, Rakofsky said he personally understood those experiences.

“My wife is a Broward County school teacher, teaching in a portable in Cypress Bay High School, and my daughter also attends school in Broward County,” he said. “Luckily I had colleagues ensuring my daughter was safe and I could do my job.”

There is no timeline to an arrest or for the release of more answers about this incident that frightened Broward County residents and inconvenienced 230,000 public school students, additional charter school students and their faculties.

“The investigation has to be done when it’s done,” Rakofsky said. “Sometimes that can be slow to make sure the evidence will be admissible.”

Staff Writer Juan Ortega contributed to this report. Linda Trischitta can be reached at


     Joyce Kaufman is never one for mincing words, and she ardently supports her conservative positions, from immigration to entitlements and more. But the leftist furor that was evoked to have Juan Williams fired from NPR, and Andrew Brietbart uninvited from ABC’s Election night coverage, went into overdrive yesterday against Ms. Kaufman. A supporter and friend of Lt. Col. Allen West, Kaufman told her radio audience today that she had called West last night to withdraw from the position as his Chief of Staff, citing that she would not be a party to the “electronic lynching” that was occurring because West had chosen her:

“I will not be used in an electronic lynching by proxy,” she said, according to the Broward New Times, alluding to Supreme Court Justice’s Clarence Thomas’s complaint of facing a “high-tech lynching” at his confirmation hearing. (West, like Thomas, is black.)

Kaufman had found herself ensnared in controversy in the past for some of the statements she’d made on her radio show. On Tuesday, she called outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “garbage.”

     West’s office also made the announcement that Kaufman would not be joining his team, but, citing their friendship, he said that he would always seek her counsel. Note to West’s Chief of Staff: Joyce will be the “shadow” Chief of Staff.

     In the few hours that she was to be the Chief of Staff, Joyce’s views and comments became a groundswell on the internet, and was being highlighted on shows like “Ed Schultz” on MSNBC.

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Joyce Kaufman is not one for mincing words…..  she could give Rahm Emanuel a run for his money:

A newly named GOP chief of staff called the outgoing Democratic majority — and in particular Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — “garbage.”

Joyce Kaufman, the incoming chief of staff to Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), said: “Over these months I have been blessed to form very wonderful relationships with the West family. I looked at this family and [told] myself, ‘How do you not fight and put them up on the pedestal when we’ve got this garbage up on the pedestal now, people like Nancy Pelosi?’

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     She stands every week at the corner of Broward Blvd and Third Avenue protesting the manner that our ally, Israel, is treated, as the Muslim community protests on the opposite corner. She speaks at rallies at “work centers” where illegal aliens are hired as day labor. Rep. Ron Klein, who is being replaced by Lt. Col. Allen West and who is referred to be this talk show host as “the Pillsbury Dough Boy”, avoids her like the plague.

     WFTL850 Talk show host, Joyce Kaufmann, has been tagged by West to be his Chief of Staff:

U.S. Rep.-elect Allen West, R-Plantation, is going with an outsider critic of Washington, D.C., as his top staffer and an insider who knows how the Capitol works as his No. 2 aide.

West tapped one of South Florida’s most prominent conservative voices, radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman, as his chief of staff.

“And I’m very, very, very happy. I am happy because I’ve never met a more formidable warrior. Everybody knows my support has been unending and unyielding,” Kaufman said. “I am just grateful that I have been asked to join in the fight.”

More comments from Kaufman below, on the continuation.

Political scientist sees Allen West’s top staff pick as shocking, ‘tone deaf’

Media expert sees Joyce Kaufman pick as unusual, may lead to public insights

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The inimitable Lt. Colonel Allen West:

Sunday, 4 October 2009

By: Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Ret)

Greetings friends here in South Florida, I am writing you this evening to draw your attention to something that you will not hear about in the media.

On this day there were several events which illuminate what leadership is all about. This morning a group supporting our men and women serving overseas in combat held an event called “Walk in Their Boots”. Up in Deerfield Beach there was the 13th Annual “Dunn’s Run” to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, a very worthy event to help kids in South Florida.

Finally, this afternoon in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, the South Florida Tea Party group held a rally featuring Lloyd Marcus and the American Liberty Tour. It was attended by many concerned citizens worried about the direction of the ever growing federal government and wasteful spending in Washington DC.

Congressman Ron Klein attended the “Walk in Their Boots” event and was met by constituents that were not pleased with his representation. They challenged him on recent votes and demanded he address their concerns reference support to Israel and the healthcare debate. Klein was visibly taken aback and had nothing to say to these on the spot inquiries. Unfortunately for Congressman Klein, this event was not held with ACORN and SEIU teams present, was not invitation-only, nor had his staff “pre-screened” the crowd. A telephone conference call this was not and Klein had to face the concerns of his constituents for the first time this year.

What Klein did do when approached by voters? He left. The walkers began their short 3 mile trek in support of our troops and Klein disappeared when it was apparent the photo opportunity he was seeking turned into a chance for his employers, YOU the voters, to ask him questions about what he stands for and to explain his votes. So let me understand, Ron Klein shows at an event dedicated to empathy for our men and women in combat yet he refused to participate? Does Congressman Klein believe he doesn’t have to answer to the voters in District 22?

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A Florida radio personality wants to make a “visible” statement in Washington DC:

You’ve taken everything else, here’s the key to my house”

They’ve already given everything you’ve earned to illegal immigrants, they might as well take it all. But not without a fight. Send your old keys, and a message, to Washington with Joyce Kaufman.

850 WFTL ATTN: Joyce Kaufman
2100 Park Central Blvd. North
Suite 100
Pompano Beach, FL. 33064