The Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Arizona continues to get nasty, with John McCain, thought to be in trouble, piling up a huge lead over former Congressman J.D. Hayworth. Hayworth has been badly tarnished by his participation in an infomercial for a company that essentially fleeces folks, with his first response that consumers should practice “caveat emptor”. He has since apologized, but has been put under an enormous barrage from Team McCain. He has been pounding Hayworth on the earmark issue, where ole J.D. has some pretty big vulnerability. McCain has put out a fact sheet highlighting Hayworth’s record on issues.
Hayworth’s Former Colleagues In The House, Rep. John Shadegg And Former Congressman Joe Scarborough Recall Hayworth “Beating The Hell” Out Of Fiscal Conservatives Who Stood Up Against Earmark Spending. “Scarborough then recalled one episode during his time in Congress when he and Shadegg were dressed down by Hayworth and Gingrich. ‘John Shadegg and I along with about seven, eight, nine Republicans used to give Newt Gingrich hell after Newt decided he liked earmarks and liked big spending. And [Gingrich] liked teaming up with Dave Obey and attacking us, and I’m quoting Newt, as “jihadists,”’ Scarborough said. ‘So Newt called us “jihadists” and I remember our friend JD Hayworth standing up in those caucus meetings and just beating the hell out of us.’ Hayworth, Scarborough recalled, was ‘saying how dare you do this to poor Newt, blah, blah, blah, blah. And all we were trying to do was balance the budget.’ ‘Yeah, that’s right,’ Shadegg responded. ‘J.D. was on the other side of those fights from us “jihadists.”’” (Andy Barr, “John Shadegg, Joe Scarborough laugh at J.D. Hayworth,” Politico, 2/25/10)