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'Scorched Earth' in Arizona
American Spectator ^ | March 31, 2010 | Robert Stacy McCain

Posted on 04/01/2010 10:13:47 AM PDT by BradtotheBone

PHOENIX, Arizona -- Behind a Dunkin' Donuts in a shopping center on East Cactus Road, J.D. Hayworth's Senate campaign headquarters has a low-budget look. Near the front door, pinned to a cubicle wall, is a campaign T-shirt proclaiming Hayworth "The Consistent Conservative," offered for sale at $15 each. Volunteers are stuffing envelopes at a folding table that holds seven telephones, the phone lines dangling down from the ceiling. A large bulletin board is festooned with letters from supporters, including a woman from Dewey, Arizona, who wrote to say, "Sock it to him, please!"

The "him" is, of course, Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nominee and the man whose involuntary retirement from the Senate is the goal of Hayworth's candidacy.

Hayworth sits behind a desk in his office, signing thank-you letters to contributors who have given about $800,000 for his "Million-Dollar March" online fund-raising effort, and reflects on the central irony of this campaign: McCain, an outspoken advocate of "getting the big money out of politics," is spending big money in an all-out effort to destroy Hayworth's primary challenge.

"Obviously, the gulf between my opponent's rhetoric and the reality is so great it exceeds the geographic dimensions of our own Grand Canyon," Hayworth says. "It's more than a credibility gap, it's a credibility canyon.… If he was really concerned about [the influence of political contributions], he certainly seems to have gotten over it very quickly."

Whether McCain's big money will be enough to secure his re-election, it undoubtedly gives him advantages against Hayworth, whose low-budget campaign doesn't expect to match the incumbent dollar-for-dollar in the five months between now and the August 24 primary.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: arizona; cfr; elections; hayworth; mccain; mcrino; specialinterests

1 posted on 04/01/2010 10:13:47 AM PDT by BradtotheBone
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To: BradtotheBone; All

“”Obviously, the gulf between my opponent’s rhetoric and the reality is so great it exceeds the geographic dimensions of our own Grand Canyon,” Hayworth says. “It’s more than a credibility gap, it’s a credibility canyon.… If he was really concerned about [the influence of political contributions], he certainly seems to have gotten over it very quickly.””

INDEED!

McCain is steeped in money from special interests to push legislation,usually in committees that he heads. His campaign ‘reform’ was really more about covering his big donors and his own corruption.

We know about the Indian money he exempted from his CFR, so they could give him ALL the money he wanted while being head of the Indian senate affairs committee.

Indians, Lobbyists and Arizona Politics...OH MY!’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2440173/posts

Here is some on other donations for legislation.

McCain pressed FCC in case involving major contributor

[snips - read it all]

Days before Senator John McCain joined hands with Senator Bill Bradley last month to decry the noxious influence of special interest campaign donors, McCain pressured the Federal Communications Commission to vote on an issue that cleared the way for a major contributor to his presidential campaign to buy a Pittsburgh television station.

Speaking generally, however, McCain said, ‘’People give money to buy access. We’re all tainted by this system.’’ From time to time, he said, he has agreed to meet with major donors. ‘’They have access, and therefore they have influence. It corrupts the system. And I’m a victim of it too,’’ said McCain, who was ensnared but later cleared in the so-called Keating Five scandal nearly a decade ago. He was one of five senators who interceded with federal banking regulators on behalf of Charles Keating, whose name became synonymous with the savings and loan scandal that cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

McCain’s insistent urging that the FCC vote on the Pittsburgh issue had the effect - if not the intent - of benefiting Paxson, a West Palm Beach, Fla., network of 73 family-oriented stations and the nation’s largest owner of independent television stations. Through the end of September, Paxson’s top officers and their family members - and even the personal assistant to the wife of the company’s founder, Lowell W. Paxson - contributed $12,000 to McCain. In 1998, Paxson officials gave $9,000 to McCain.

And in July, as Paxson lobbyists were asking members of Congress to exert pressure on the FCC, 13 members of Paxson’s law firm, Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, contributed more than $8,000 to McCain on a single day, according to campaign finance records.

Sometime between McCain’s first letter on Nov. 17 and his more insistent letter on Dec. 10, Paxson made its four-engine jet available to ferry McCain and his entourage from New Hampshire to Washington on Dec. 3, a day after McCain declared in a New Hampshire appearance:

Though McCain’s committee has oversight of the FCC, there is no evidence that his May criticism affected the FCC’s decision to allow the mammoth SBC merger. Two weeks later, however, McCain filed legislation to strip the agency of its say in telecommunications mergers.

But on the Pittsburgh issue, officials familiar with the decision said McCain’s involvement was more problematic.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2000/01/05/mccain_pressed_fcc_in_case_involving_major_contributor/?page=3


2 posted on 04/01/2010 10:17:25 AM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: AuntB
I'm a victim too...


3 posted on 04/01/2010 10:19:21 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( FIRE STUPAK: LindaForCongress.com)
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To: BradtotheBone

Take it to the bank: Should Hayworth lose he will still support McCain for Senate. If McCain loses he will throw his support to the Democrat.


4 posted on 04/01/2010 10:19:25 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: BradtotheBone

Time to donate again!


5 posted on 04/01/2010 10:26:47 AM PDT by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: BradtotheBone
Even though I voted for him for the House, it's hard for me not to still think of JD as that sports guy on KTSP.

None the less, McCain has got to go. He was a horrible presidential candidate, is a reliably frustrating Senator and should have been term limited out of Arizona politics a decade or so ago.

Good luck, JD!

6 posted on 04/01/2010 10:34:28 AM PDT by GBA
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To: GBA

“Even though I voted for him for the House, it’s hard for me not to still think of JD as that sports guy on KTSP.

None the less, McCain has got to go. He was a horrible presidential candidate, is a reliably frustrating Senator and should have been term limited out of Arizona politics a decade or so ago.

Good luck, JD! “

One thing that makes me really hopeful about J.D. is the last two years working as a conservative talk show host in Arizona. He’s listened to the people, he’s heard them.
Ronald Reagan did the same thing before he was elected and I think it gave him a lot of insight and direction.


7 posted on 04/01/2010 10:38:42 AM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: Melchior

Well, if Hayworth wins, McCain will probably sit out the election, or clandestinely assist the Democrat.

He likes to use stealth in situations like this. Remember him having his election staff attack Palin after his defeat for him?

Hayworth will support McCain if he loses, as he is a stand-up guy, unlike the nasty little Leprechaun he is fighting.


8 posted on 04/01/2010 10:40:20 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: BradtotheBone

9 posted on 04/01/2010 10:46:31 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: BradtotheBone

10 posted on 04/01/2010 10:48:09 AM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: everyone

JD 4 SENATE - DONATE HERE


11 posted on 04/01/2010 10:52:38 AM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: BradtotheBone
Heard him on Levin last night. Right after I went out to donate again, and his site was running so slow I had to wait a while. Must be the grassroots hitting his site. Glad to see it. Notice he got close to $1 million, but not quite.
12 posted on 04/01/2010 10:54:29 AM PDT by throwback
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To: onyx

how appropriate.

MaCain and his Daughter sip late’s and snooty starbucks while illegal aliens kill americians by crossing a open and un walled border.

JD Hayworth is by Dunkin Donuts and is working ASKING for your vote.


13 posted on 04/01/2010 10:56:06 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ZULU

If McCain wins,he’ll forget his current promises the minute
that he gets back to D.C.!


14 posted on 04/01/2010 10:56:13 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: BradtotheBone

Fortunately Hayworth does not need to raise as much as McLame....its not a national campaign.

Even with Soros and Palin behind him....McCain is in trouble. Obama wants to pass Liberal legislation McCain supports (Amnesty, Cap And Trade) and McCain is a filibuster breaking vote. There will be much pressure on him from Congress and the White House to pass the Big Government Liberal legislation

A Hayworth win sends a huge message to Liberal GOP RINOs everywhere....and it will lead to a conservative victory in 2010


15 posted on 04/01/2010 10:57:08 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Sorry Sarah....if you support a liberal over a Conservative.....you're not a Conservative)
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To: AuntB
You're right. He's been doing that for a long time. JD used to guest host on KFYI when it was still at 910. He's not for everybody, no one is, but unlike McCain he actually lives in Arizona, knows what Arizonans are thinking and what they think is important. McCain is from DC and knows what DC thinks is important.

I feel for Sarah Palin. She got stuck on the wrong side of the border when the war broke out. Hopefully, after the 2010 elections, the world will have changed a bit and we can all re-group and continue to fight the good fight with a better team.

16 posted on 04/01/2010 10:57:39 AM PDT by GBA
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To: throwback

I heard him on Levin too (thanks Mark for having him on....and supporting him over McCain....good to see Hayworth getting air time).....I would not be surprised JDs site went slow last nite after his appearance.

Even though he may not hit the million mark....he raised quite a lot of money in such a short period of time. I plan to send more after my next payday.

Bummer I live in FL, for I would be voting for him too...


17 posted on 04/01/2010 11:03:16 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Sorry Sarah....if you support a liberal over a Conservative.....you're not a Conservative)
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To: BradtotheBone

OK, time for me to send in another donation to JD. Back in a few minutes.


18 posted on 04/01/2010 11:04:22 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: SparkyBass

19 posted on 04/01/2010 11:05:05 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: GBA

I feel for Sarah Palin. She got stuck on the wrong side of the border when the war broke out.


LOL....pretty good line. Just hope when Sarah comes back on the right side of the border.....that she is willing to shut the door....


20 posted on 04/01/2010 11:06:21 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Sorry Sarah....if you support a liberal over a Conservative.....you're not a Conservative)
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To: BradtotheBone
McCain only plays "scorched earth" in the primaries, against conservatives.

Bite me, McCain.

21 posted on 04/01/2010 11:07:56 AM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: All

DON’T FEED THE RINO


22 posted on 04/01/2010 11:19:01 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Dr. Ursus

He will forget Palin too.

She is ruining her career for an ungrateful, nasty, duplicitous, mendacious bastard.


23 posted on 04/01/2010 12:18:54 PM PDT by ZULU
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To: AuntB
People give money to buy access. We’re all tainted by this system.’’ From time to time, he said, he has agreed to meet with major donors. ‘’They have access, and therefore they have influence. It corrupts the system. And I’m a victim of it too,’’ said McCain...

No, John. You're a perpetrator. Your constituents who expected you -- as their elected representative -- to vote according to their will are the victims.
24 posted on 04/01/2010 1:20:54 PM PDT by walford (http://the-big-pic.org)
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To: TChris

You make an excellent point. It’s pretty obvious, given his current actions against JD, that McCain had no intention to win the Presidency. He was all Milquetoast during the Presidential Campaign. Whatever conspiracy is going on, he’s part of it.


25 posted on 04/01/2010 1:45:35 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

“You make an excellent point. It’s pretty obvious, given his current actions against JD, that McCain had no intention to win the Presidency. He was all Milquetoast during the Presidential Campaign. Whatever conspiracy is going on, he’s part of it.”

I wish I could disagree with you. I can find no ‘proof’ of a
‘conspiracy’, but it isn’t hard to imagine. NOt much else makes sense. Stranger things have happened. One thing we know about McCain, he’s easily bought.

And if McCain wins his re-election, and the repubs take back the senate, this fool will be every bit as powerful in the senate as Obama is in the presidency.


26 posted on 04/01/2010 1:51:44 PM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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