J.D. Hayworth to Challenge John McCain in the Republican Senate Primary


It’s official, former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth says he’s planning to run against John McCain for his U.S. Senate seat. Hayworth has left his Arizona radio program on KFYI-AM, a conservative radio talk show in Phoenix.


Hayworth was ousted from his Congressional seat in 2006 after 12 years in office by Democrat Harry Mitchell, and has hosted the radio show for the past few years.

“We will formally announce at a later time, but we’re moving forward to challenge John McCain,” he said. “I think we all respect John. I think his place in history is secure. But after close to a quarter-century in Washington, it’s time for him to come home.”

He said he wasn’t serious about running against McCain until a recent “outpouring of support” from Arizonans asking him to run changed his mind.

“Arizonans have a clear choice _ a clear, commonsense, consistent conservative, or they can remain with a moderate who calls himself a maverick,” Hayworth said.

The question is whether Hayworth really has a chance of winning? Personally I would think that he could and would be the air apparent to an aging John McCain for AZ Senator. McCain is presently 73 years old. One might think that maybe Hayworth would run for his old House seat and help take back the House for Republicans and the run for McCain’s seat in the future. Just a thought. Although it appears that the Republicans already have a strong challenge to Harry Mitchell in the AZ 5th Congressional District.

It will be difficult for Hayworth as Sarah Palin has announced that she will be campaigning for McCain Isn’t that rather ironic that after all the blame Sarah that came from the McCain camp following the 2008 Presidental election loss, that it is Palin to McCain’s rescue to help him with the Conservative vote in Arizona.

There is no question who the real Conservative Republican is in this race and it will be interesting to see whether Hayworth can muster the same “Scott Brown” magic in Arizona as the electorate simmers with disdain for the old guard, business as usual politics. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, McCain had a huge lead over challenger Hayworth.

One thing is for certain, win, lose or draw … J.D. Hayworth is likely the Republican face of politics in Arizona for the future.

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “J.D. Hayworth to Challenge John McCain in the Republican Senate Primary”

    1. tuyvnsurvivor on January 24th, 2010 10:12 am

      Great. McCain is certainly not one of my well respected politicians. He is ennormously too professional a politician for my likes; deep into long volley’s of me-me-chatter. Absolutely part of the government we have had. Never missed one opportunity to make way off the fate of having been captured; not solid at all in normalcy and accomplishments of life outside of birth right and a one time fate. More a liberal, just more difficult to notice that he is — has always been.

      A note of my own desires if anyone cares again, as a independant/tea party/republican: Freedom first always, by use and protection of the Constitution (as written and per intents on file). Government as usual, gov professionally, gov by those unknowing of real life…threaten by expanding government.

      I know zero of Hayworth.

    2. NewGirlBoston on January 24th, 2010 10:43 am

      If the murderer of Mary Jo Kopeckne Ted “The Lion of the House” Kennedy could keep his Senate seat until he died—why not John McCain?

      Out of respect for the Man and what he sacrificed for our Country-have to disagree with #1- I think we owe him the rest of his life as a Civil Servant. He can only help us, not hurt us. And, Mr. McCain may not be perfect–alas- he is a human being just like anyone else.

      P.S. Rumour around Capital Hill is that Scott Brown is so comfortable in his own skin and getting along well with both Dem/Reps–that they really don’t know what to make of him. Hopefully he can maintain his common sense and down to earth approach and that his new political life in Washington won’t change him that much. Time will tell.

    3. Gone Rogue on January 25th, 2010 5:04 pm

      Hayworth must run as the independent conservative should he lose in the GOP primary. It is clear that Palin has compromised her conservative roots in her support for McCain.

      I urge my fellow tea party and libertarian patriots to support an independent run for Statesman Hayworth.

    4. Gone Rogue on January 25th, 2010 5:16 pm

      I will vote for the independent tea party candidate or the democrat should Jon Obama McCain win the GOP primary. $27 million should be given back to the people. Palin is a RINO traitor.

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