Washington (CNN) - Florida conservative radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman will not become the chief of staff to Congressman-elect Allen West in light of controversial comments she made on her show.
Kaufman had been a staunch supporter of West, a Republican and Tea Party favorite. He defeated incumbent Rep. Ron Klein in Florida's 22nd congressional district.
In a statement, Kaufman said she called West Wednesday night to tell him she would not accept the position.
"I am confident that he will be an excellent representative and will remain a close friend," she said. "I am proud of his decisive victory on November 2nd, but I will not be complicit in this effort to diminish his stature by attacks against me or endanger myself and others by serving as his chief of staff."
Kaufman has repeatedly attacked illegal immigrants in the United States.
According to The New York Times, at a rally she claimed illegal immigrants "reproduce at a rate about three times that American citizens do. And that's not bigotry, and that's just fact."
She did not respond to CNN's request for comment on her decision not to take the congressional job or her previous statements. On Tuesday she called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "garbage." And her radio station, WFTL-AM in South Florida, had said once she took the job as chief of staff she would remain on staff as its Washington correspondent.
On Thursday, West said he accepted Kaufman's decision but said he did so "with deep regret that this Congressional office and the people of CD (congressional district) 22 will not have Joyce Kaufman as my chief of staff."
"Joyce is a good friend and will remain loyal to South Floridians and to me," West said in a statement, reported by The Miami Herald. "I will always seek Joyce's counsel for being a good representative of this congressional district."
Kaufman said, "I will not be used in an electronic lynching by proxy," according to the Herald.
On Wednesday schools in Broward County, which includes West's district, were put on lockdown after a caller to the radio station where Kaufman works said her husband intended to go to a school and fire a gun, according to Pembroke Pines Police Captain Dan Rakofsky. He also said the radio station received an e-mail saying "something big will happen at a government building."
– CNN Senior Producer Rich Phillips contributed to this report
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