J.D. Hayworth: 'Time For (McCain) to Come Home'

Posted: Jan 23, 2010 2:24 PM
Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth says he's planning to challenge Arizona's current senior Senator, John McCain, during the upcoming Republican primary election.  CNN reports

The former six-term congressman stepped down Friday as host of his conservative talk radio program on a radio station in Phoenix.

"We will formally announce at a later time, but we're moving forward to challenge John McCain," Hayworth told the Associated Press. "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." ...

Hayworth told AP that a recent "outpouring of support" from people in Arizona asking him to run changed his mind about challenging McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee and four-term senator who's up for re-election this year.

McCain's already facing a primary challenge from Chris Simcox, a co-founder of the Minuteman movement.  Simcox announced his candidacy last April and then resigned from the volunteer organization, which tries to prevent illegal crossings of the U.S. border. McCain's past support of immigration reform legislation in Congress nearly derailed his presidential bid two years ago.

And, as I noted earlier this week, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be appearing in Arizona to fundraise for her old running mate.  Should be an interesting election to watch down in Arizona...