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Broward school lockdown tied to Congress-Elect Allen West

BROWARD COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - We're learning new information about Wednesday's lockdown at more than 300 Broward County schools, and a possible connection to Congressman-Elect Allen West and his pick for chief of staff.

Congressman-Elect Allen West had picked a right-wing radio host to be his chief of staff in Washington. Now, she is declining the job after what happened Wednesday.

Joyce Kaufman is known for her fiery right wing rhetoric at tea party rallies and on the air at WFTL radio.

"When tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide," said Retired Col. Allen West. Just elected to Congress, West had tapped Joyce Kaufman to be his chief of staff. But Wednesday night she turned the job down.

Kaufman received a call on her radio show Wednesday suggesting a threat to schools and government buildings. The threat serious enough for Broward schools to go on lockdown most of the day.

"It was a fake. All of this was a set-up. These people are disgusting," said Kaufman on her radio show Thursday.

She implicates West opponents are targeting her in what she calls an "electronic lynching by proxy".

"That's one of the parts about it that really made me re-think my decision to join him," she said. "Because, apparently, the crazies will stop at nothing."

Congressman-Elect West issues this statement Thursday: "It is with deep regret that this Congressional office and the people of CD 22 will not have Joyce Kaufman as my chief of staff."

West calls Kaufman a friend adding, "I will always seek Joyce's counsel for being a good Representative of this Congressional District".

Kaufman also said on her show she's received death threats. Pembroke Pines Police say they did make contact with someone tied to the phone call, but, they say, that person is being uncooperative.

No arrests have been made. Police say federal authorities are now investigating.

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