It would appear that current Arizona Senator John McCain is right about one thing. Character does matter. He also appears to be wrong on many things as well, including the character of his opponent, J. D. Hayworth.
We’ve all seen the commercials on television lately depicting various different scenes, but really all talking about the same issue. John McCain would have us all believe, on his word, that J.D. Hayworth, should he be given the privilege of returning to Washington D.C., to represent the people of Arizona would simply do as he did before- make mistakes. That’s a pretty tall assumption, and some would think hypocritical statement from a man that has in the 28 years that he’s been in office done absolutely nothing for the State of Arizona.
J. D. Hayworth has stood up for the people of Arizona in the past 8 months, not using pricey words, but rather by putting one foot in front of the other and showing that actions really do speak louder than words. Hayworth has been on the front lines of the SB1070 issue, even going so far as to stand with members of the Tea Party at rallies, held locally, to show his support for the average Arizona citizen.
Hayworth is not a native Arizonan, but rather, North Carolinian by birth, and Arizonan by the grace of God. He has been married to the same lovely woman for the past 21 years and has 3 beautiful children. He also attends church on Sunday mornings.
When asked how he would overcome the seniority that Senator McCain has built up over the past two decades (a seniority that Senator McCain has not used on behalf of Arizona), Hayworth stated that he would utilize the Senate rules that allow a single senator to gain leverage to better represent the people of Arizona. Some of the means available for him to do this are by creating filibusters or by placing holds on legislation.
Hayworth, well aware of his past, would like the people of Arizona to understand that the decision for him to run was not an easy one to make. In fact, Hayworth had no intention of joining this race to the Senate, but had it not been for the people of Arizona that reached out to him the only options we would have for Senate, as far as Republican candidates, would be John McCain, and the spoiler, Jim Deakin.
This was not a decision he made on his own. Not wanting to put his family in the cross fire of his decision, Hayworth sat down with his family, and together they made the decision to enter the race for the Senate chair. “I hope people understand that the people asked me to run,” Hayworth stated to me when asked about the choice he made. “They wanted a consistant conservative. The only question left is will the grassroots overcome the greenbacks of Washington?”
Hayworth went on to say that we don’t need “a revolution, but a restoration of the Constitution.” When voting, he would also like the people of Arizona to keep in mind the ABC’s of this campaign.
A. Amnesty- McCain is in favor, he helped write the bill. Hayworth is opposed.
B. Bailouts- McCain voted in favor, Hayworth is opposed.
C. Cap & Trade- McCain helped write this legislation. Hayworth is opposed.
D. Dollars in your pocket- we have more thanks to legislation proposed by Hayworth, which McCain called tax cuts for the rich on the floor of the Senate, and opposed. These tax cuts benefitted everyone in the State not just the rich, and gave everyone a break and more money in their wallet. They also reinvigorated Arizona’s economy, and in 2007, unemployment was at 4%. Today unemployment is at 9.5%.
How does Hayworth propose to remember the people of Arizona, and not just when he’s on vacation? By scheduling townhalls four times a year, where people can go and voice their concerns, and also receive updates on the status of things in D.C. Hayworth has promised to be for Arizona, not merely from Arizona, and in his words, the “only way to do that effectively is to listen to Arizona.”
With primary elections around the corner, and early voting ballots already being mailed back in, the choice is yours- a Senator who made mistakes, learned from them, and can openly admit them, or a Senator who behaves as though his seat is already bought and paid for.
“By rights, we can thank him, he can retire and be a Senior Statesmen, but he has been reduced to a shape shifter,” Hayworth stated, regarding John McCain’s long history of service. “We all appreciate his service, but after 28 years, John McCain may have set out to change Washington, but Washington has changed John McCain.”
John McCain has not attended any rallies held by the average Arizona citizen here in Phoenix, or in Tucson for that matter. There was one event that was held, which Sarah Palin attended, but that is the only event this writer is aware of. Perhaps he does not feel he should have to ask for your vote. Could it be that John McCain is also suffering from a new disease on the horizon known as entitlement?
For more information on J.D. Hayworth or to make a contribution to his campaign, go to www.JDforSenate.com.