John McCain's Primary Race Gets Ugly ...
... Even though teabagger/radio host Hayworth may not run
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2009 12:51 PM CST
John McCain says he will be an ally with President Obama on the war in Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, during a speech at The Heritage Foundation in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The primary battle between John McCain and JD Hayworth is getting nasty, even though the two aren’t even technically opponents yet. Hayworth, a former congressman, conservative talk show host and noted tea partier, hasn’t yet filed to run against McCain, and says he still may decide against it, but McCain’s already resorted to push polling and legal complaints, the Huffington Post reports.

McCain ally Grant Woods recently filed a suit saying Hayworth was illegally using his radio show—a “corporate subsidy”—to promote his candidacy for free. A foundation with links to McCain also ran a push poll telling voters about the Hayworth’s connection to the Jack Abramoff scandal. Hayworth, meanwhile, has been actively and nastily campaigning on the air—he called Woods an “ambulance chaser” who was “lower than some bacterial form of algae,” and joked that McCain was a “historical figure.”