McCain Launches Preemptive Strike on Hayworth
Campaign gets aggressive early against conservative challenger
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2010 11:11 AM CST
J.D. Hayworth.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – John McCain is pulling no punches in an offensive against primary challenger JD Hayworth, whom he hopes to shut down before Hayworth's campaign even begins. McCain has rallied his troops to file complaints with the FEC about Hayworth’s radio program, which they allege he was using to campaign in violation of federal rules. And for good measure, McCain took out an ad against Hayworth on his own station.

“I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of this,” an insider tells Politico. Hayworth has now given up his show to campaign, which a Hayworth spokesman says was motivated by radio execs’ fear of McCain’s “wrath.” McCain insiders played down the fusillade. “I guess you can call it aggressive,” one says. “I just call it not taking anything for granted.” Hayworth himself predicts a “backlash” to the onslaught, and a former McCain staffer agrees. “There was no strategy. They’re angry.”

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Nancy_Knew
Jan 27, 2010 12:43 PM CST
Sarah, your second major wrong backing and alignment. Be careful, dear.
Bubblebee
Jan 27, 2010 11:52 AM CST
I wish politicians could get out of the pissing contest and show people why they would be the best person for the job... You win elections by making your opponent look bad, well we don't need that in our government got plenty of it already there. We need to have someone qualified with good faith and hope who can make real changes, not the ones we just hear about.
dns2
Jan 27, 2010 4:52 AM CST
JD Hayworth is an Arrogant #4%&8 HOLE