Skip to comments.AZ-Sen. 2010: Hayworth Casts McCain As DC Insider (J.D. says McCain's record "is Obama-like")
Posted on 02/19/2010 7:36:15 PM PST by rabscuttle385
Ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R) is grateful his primary rival, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), is getting endorsements from prominent DC conservatives. It allows Hayworth to cast the race as Beltway power versus the grassroots, he said in an interview today.
"You can expect a steady stream of the Washington establishment to endorse John McCain. So here's the way the race breaks down: It's John McCain and the Washington establishment versus we the people," Hayworth said.
"We have profound policy differences that we solve through the political process, but with all due respect, I think it's indicative of John just having been there too long," he added.
Meanwhile, Hayworth said, McCain's efforts to cast himself as the fiscal conservative in the race are misplaced, given votes in favor of bailout legislation and his support for comprehensive immigration reform.
"John McCain of all people can't really claim the mantle of the fiscal conservative," Hayworth said. Instead, McCain's record "is Obama-like."
In DC to sit on a panel at CPAC, Hayworth is optimistic about his insurgent campaign against McCain. He lost his seat in '06 to Rep. Harry Mitchell (D), and McCain's team has argued a Hayworth candidacy would put McCain's seat in jeopardy.
But Hayworth says McCain's early assault on his candidacy has led to a backlash. McCain has already launched radio ads attacking Hayworth by name -- including ads that ran on KFYI, the Phoenix radio station on which Hayworth hosted a show until last month. Hayworth called the ads "fiction."
"I think really led to a backlash. People said, 'Hey, wait a minute, there's John McCain going after a conservative. Why, he never ran this way against Barack Obama,'" Hayworth said.
"For whatever reason, team McCain is bragging about running some sort of scorched earth campaign against me," he said. "Politically, the one-word term is threatened, and I can see why since I've been out of the trail."
On Friday, McCain's campaign launched another broadside, knocking Hayworth for failing to reach a publicly-stated goal of $100K during a "money bomb," and for having to defend himself for previous ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
"It is clear that Mr. Hayworth has failed to galvanize support for his campaign, just as he failed to hold his solidly Republican U.S. House seat in 2006," McCain spokesperson Brian Rogers said in a statement.
Hayworth said he is ready for attacks on his Abramoff ties, and that McCain has his own skeletons in the closet.
"I would appeal to John's deeply held sense of honor. He knows that's false, and it doesn't help him," Hayworth said. "If he insists on staying in the muck and mire, I can answer the 2 words he's been bandying about with two words of my own: Charlie Keating."
McCain was implicated in the scandal surrounding the AZ developer. He was one of 5 senators given a slap on the wrist.
I'm waiting for McCain to openly attack FR and FReepers.
Mark my words.
This is war, and J.D. is right: "It's John McCain and the Washington establishment versus we the people."
Indeed, he is.
SHOUT THE TRUTH!!!
We MUST defeat McCain so that his daughter shuts the hell up!!!
Michael Medved tore a strip out of Hayworth today.
I don’t think he will do that because there is too much information about him here he doesn’t want known to the general population. If he attacks us, people who might be unaware of us will come to see why.
Michael Medved tore a strip out of Hayworth today.
PLEASE PLEASE give JD money. I knew McCain would mock him for not raising money quickly. But there’s still time. I’m seeing JD tomorrow at a dinner in Havasu City. I’ll let you know what he says.
“I’m waiting for McCain to openly attack FR and FReepers.”
Don’t bite off more than you can chew, McCain...you’ll lose.
Hayworth calling McCain an insider? JD who accepted $$ from Abramov and funneled it to his wife for a sham job?
JD who pledged to term limits, but then ignored it?
Oh my. No wonder McCain is leading by 21 points.
“On Friday, McCain’s campaign launched another broadside, knocking Hayworth for failing to reach a publicly-stated goal of $100K during a “money bomb”...”
RINO FREE AMERICA NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW TO RETIRE JOHN MCCAIN
WAIT a minute. He not only made it, he exceeded it. One of the guys on that thread put him over.
Last number up is $101,175.
has mac lost his mind?
That is NOT true.
Which part, JD accepting money from Abramov, putting his wife in a sham job, or him being 21 points behind.
Hell, I left out the part where he lost a republican district to Harry Mitchell.
McCain was a DC insider even before he was elected to the Senate in 1984.
I just checked the moneybomb and it was at 101180$. So much for that claim.
Sorry, I’m supporting JD. McCain is a back stabber.
Ping me when you post some info on the meeting
After the negative campaigning blood bath that the Republican primaries are shaping up to be, why would anyone want to vote for a Republican in November?
Here are the simple facts:
Abramoff contributed a grand total of $2,250 dollars to my political efforts. ($250 in 1996, $1,000 in 1998, and $1,000 to our leadership political action committee, TEAMPAC, in 1999.)
I never met with Abramoff concerning any legislation.
He never came to my office.
He never lobbied me directly on any issue.
Once Abramoff’s troubling activities were revealed, we donated that money to charity (Hurricane Katrina relief). Simply put, we didn’t want it.
Please understand, the Indian tribes were the true targets of Abramoff, I was simply collateral damage. The tribes were his clients and they were defrauded of tens of millions of dollars. Our office offered to return their contributions to them, but tribal officials stepped up to the plate and stated for the record that they themselves had made their own determinations about who they would support with political donations.
In the meantime, we cooperated fully with the Department of Justice, and hopefully our efforts helped in the indictment and conviction of Abramoff. Of course, we will never know that for certain. What we do know is that he is currently incarcerated for defrauding the Indian tribes, conspiracy, and corruption of public officials.
These days, ‘cooperation’ is expensive. Very expensive. In our case, it involved retaining a K Street Law Firm to pore over twelve years worth of my congressional records and correspondance. Twelve years of household records is bad enough, but Congress runs on paper and e-mails, and it was literally thousands of pages and hundreds of computer records that had to be examined, evaluated, and sometimes redacted for security reasons. Then you can add the administrative costs, phone calls, and ‘face time’ the attorneys spent with the DOJ. When all was said and done, the legal bill was over a half a million dollars. And that was to ‘cooperate’ with the DOJ!
In the end, we were completely vindicated. In a letter from our attorneys, they informed us that the Department of Justice had advised us that we “are not now the target, subject or focus [of] any DOJ investigation, case or other proceeding.” Essentially, it was a complete and total vindication that we had done nothing wrong at all - which is exactly what we had been saying all along.
Interviewer: “What about that $100,000 you supposedly paid to your wife?”
JD: “My wife Mary was an employee of TEAMPAC, and she received a monthly paycheck. Simple math takes the “oomph” out of this charge. Think of it this way: if someone is paid $20,000 annually for five years, that totals $100,000! Pretty cheap for office help. Also, these were not taxpayer funds!”
JD at $101,190 at last check.
It's amazing that the system requires a person falsely accused to spent 1/2 a million $’s to prove it.
You would think they would have covered that for him as he helped the Dept of Justice with the case against the real bad guy
And McCain is a fool to excoriate (I like that word and hope this is a good place for it) JD for the above.
He got busted for what he did, but because of his political clout he only got his wrist slapped.
I thought we were covered with CFR.
McCain is no friend to us.
Welcome to FR, Megan. (Your mom is a homewrecker)
Indians, Lobbyists and Arizona Politics
The scene is the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut . The year 2000.
The congressman has $100 chips stacked high, having a grand time at the crap table.
He likes to gamble and isnt afraid to show some temper when he loses.
Along for the ride are his campaign manager and one of the two biggest lobbyists handing out campaign money from various Indian tribes who was also a 20 year friend of the legislator.
By now weve all heard about the money J.D. Hayworth received from an Indian tribe by way of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was one of the two big boys in Indian tribe money lobbying.
Pot, meet Kettle .
However, it was not J.D. Hayworth, nor Jack Abramoff at the crap table.
It was Senator John McCain, campaign manager and Indian lobbyist in his own right, Rick Davis, along with Scott Reed, now the one remaining big time lobbyist handling the tribes and their money.
McCain wants to knock JD out early. The RNC better be careful how they handle this.
I’m “in”, Hildy: Check is in the mail! Iworked for McCain in the last election. What a mistake. Tell JD good luck!
You need to get some of your facts straight.
I would love to see john “I can reach across the aisle” mcLame run out of town.
McCain is no friend to no conservative. Graham is carrying McCain’s liberal water while he is running in this election so McCain can “sound” like conservative....like mac did for him when we thought Graham should have been a goner.
It’s a sheer ruse.
McCain....believes global warming is man made and requires legislative action to solve....gang of 14....ran a losing presidential campaign and gave us Obama....bailout....amnesty...worse still-campaign finance reform....what else?
Good things....Palin....war on terror....what else?
I am afraid when McCain and Graham get active and/or start talking. I just think, oh man, please get them out of office and out of the Republican party PLEASE! Looking at my quickly written comparisons I wonder why I donated to him. I remember, Palin!
Hell, I left out the part where he lost a republican district to Harry Mitchell.
Hayworth still beats the alternative.
I will be sending a modest donation tomorrow to Mr. Hayworth from my increasingly small stash of money.
It is worth it after all to relieve this country of Juan McCainiac.
What silly logic.
Why would any right minded person that votes want ANYTHING to do with voting for ANY democrat regardless of how the republicans campaign against one another?
I got a note from the RNC today that I hadn’t paid my membership...I wanted to tell them personally why so I called the phone number..it rang and rang...no answering machine..NOTHING. I waited an hour, called again...NOTHING. Figures...they can’t even run an office.
Closed the book on Vietnam MIAs and POWs
Voted against the Bush tax cuts
Opposed Bush on enhanced interrogations of scuzlim terrorists.
kissed bill clinton
kissed hillary clinton
“Which part, JD accepting money from Abramov, putting his wife in a sham job, or him being 21 points behind.
Hell, I left out the part where he lost a republican district to Harry Mitchell.”
If all that were true, which it isn’t as you well know, J. D. would STILL be 10 times better and 10 times more conservative than McCain.
Indians, Lobbyists and Arizona Politics...OH MY!
Medved is part of the squatter support squad and favors amnesty. That element is the only opposition we’re finding against Hayworth. And don’t think for a minute that the GOP establishment run by McCain did anything to help J.D. in his congressional election. And the same people that elect democrats, like they did in Arizona, elect McCain.
This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle.
Merrill Lynch $373,595
Citigroup Inc $322,051
Morgan Stanley $273,452
Goldman Sachs $230,095
JPMorgan Chase & Co $228,107
US Government $208,379
AT&T Inc $201,438
Wachovia Corp $195,063
UBS AG $192,493
Credit Suisse Group $183,353
US Army $167,820
Bank of America $166,026
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher $159,596
Blank Rome LLP $154,226
Greenberg Traurig LLP $146,437
US Dept of Defense $144,105
FedEx Corp $131,974
Bear Stearns $117,498
Lehman Brothers $114,357
I think the tea party should hold a rally for JD the same day Sarah has to do her “pity-stump” for McCain.
“John’s campaign slogan is “Strong and Wrong.” P.J. O’Rourke
When is she stumping for McCain??
Don’t know—but it’s a long primary campaign season. Let McVain buy the ads and annoy people. (Hey, were you amused by “pity stump”? Even sounds like “pity sthtup”)
“When is she stumping for McCain??”
Fundraiser in Phoenix March 26, and another event or two immediately afterwards:
Besides being incorrect, I never remember a candidate making fun of an opponent's fund raising. This just shows again what a snide, spiteful, vengeful and mean spirited little weasel Juan McCain is.
“If you want to see how politicians undergo campaign-year conversions, you’ve got my friend,” Hayworth said before pausing. “I hate using that term, because he uses it all the time you have my senior senator, John McCain.”
Hayworth is more brash than Rubio, but he also believes there is a national movement against party establishment candidates.
“What we’re seeing across the country is not anger as much as it is frustration and the feeling that there’s a disconnection among the current crop of elected leaders,” Hayworth said. “In much the same way that Governor Crist embraced Barack Obama, so, too, my opponent, our senior senator, has enabled President Obama to make some very unwise decisions.”
Hayworth cited McCain’s support for closing the prison for terrorist suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and his opposition to harsh interrogation techniques that are widely considered torture.
And Hayworth questions why McCain brags about launching a “scorched earth” campaign against him.
“Arizona voters are coming up to me and saying ‘Where was this against Obama in the presidential race?’” Hayworth said. “John is saving his scorn and his vitriol for a conservative. I don’t think that helps him.”
What are the U.S. Army and U.S. Department of Defense doing in the list of top donors? What am I missing here? How and why would these entities be giving to any candidates?
I’m devoting my whole year to defeating him here in AZ.