It was Halloween 2008, four days before election day when we elected Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. I was dressed as the scariest figure around that year, Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin. And I took a picture with then first-time Congressional candidate Allen West, who remains scary to this day… even moreso as he’s now in the incoming class of right wing Republicans freshman Congressmen… representing ME!
I was working, for two weeks, as the token liberal at WFTL, the station that’s home to the bombastic Joyce Kaufman – the woman who was tapped to be incoming Congressman Allen West’s Chief of Staff, and then backed out after some crazed fan apparently used her words to threaten schools and government buildings here in Broward County Florida. (Of course, to hear Kaufman tell it, it’s the “vile, despicable liberal socialists” and the media who prompted this, rather than her own vile, despicable words.)
I know we’ve been talking a bit about this situation, but there’s good reason. I’m smack dab in the middle of it.
Rachel Maddow spoke about it again last night:
Well, I have an idea. I mentioned yesterday that I will avail myself of the offer of a computer terminal in West’s office for his constituents. I think, as someone who lives in his district, I’ll have to get my congressman on the air with me. He can’t turn me down, can he?? Stay tuned…
Gloria Feldt– author, commentator, public speaker and former President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, who teaches “Women, Power and Leadership” at Arizona State University – will join us to talk about her new book, “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power.”
And we’ll discuss these stories too: