Broward News

Inside the Tea Party Rally for Joyce Kaufman

After all the drama and controversy surrounding conservative talk-show host Joyce Kaufman last week -- her accepting, then turning down, incoming Congressman Allen West's invitation to be his chief of staff, then a terrorist threat against Broward schools citing Kaufman -- local Tea Partiers held a rally supporting her this weekend.

It was at the site of her controversial Fourth of July remarks, at Oakland Park Boulevard and North Federal Highway. About 50 were there, many holding signs showing support for Kaufman or gloating about Tuesday's election.

Around 3 p.m., Kaufman arrived wearing hiking boots, camo pants, a T-shirt, and large sunglasses. She stood in the bed of a pickup truck -- the same truck she stood in July Fourth -- and thanked the crowd for supporting her during her recent hard times and for helping to get West elected. She referred to herself as a "kingmaker" and reiterated her belief that she has been a victim of an "electronic lynching by proxy."

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Michael J. Mooney