A conservative radio talk show host tapped to be chief of staff for an incoming Florida congressman stepped down Thursday from her congressional job, a day after 300 schools were locked down when a threat was linked to her show, the Associated Press reports. Joyce Kaufman announced on her live show that she would not be Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Allen West's aide because she wanted to avoid any repercussions against him for her statements. Kaufman is known for making controversial pronouncements on her show and told a recent tea party rally that if "ballots don't work, bullets will."

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