Jon Hulburd, Like Most Politicos, Could Teach J.D. Hayworth a Valuable Lesson in Campaign Etiquette

Categories: Election 2010
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Jon Hulburd knows how to lose with class
Democratic Congressional candidate Jon Hulburd got trampled in the District Three Congressional race by Congressman-elect Ben Quayle last night. But he wasn't a dick about it, which is more than we can say about former TV pitchman -- and one-time candidate for U.S. Senate -- J.D. Hayworth.

By about 9 p.m. yesterday, it was fairly clear that Hulburd had lost the race. And, like most politicians on the losing end of a campaign, he swallowed his pride and called Quayle.


"It was brief," Quayle's campaign manager, David French, tells New Times. "He congratulated Ben, and said he looked forward to having him be his congressman, or something like that."

These concessionary/ congratulatory conversations must be awkward, especially when the two people having them have often spent the past several months beating the political shit out of each other. But they are the norm, and happen in almost every race -- unless you're Hayworth.

After getting blown out by Senator John McCain in the GOP Senate primary in August, which many political pundits inaccurately forecasted as the fight of McCain's political life, Hayworth didn't even bother to pick up the phone.

"It's obviously classless, but not at all surprising to folks who've watched Hayworth for any amount of time," a McCain aide told New Times at the time. "He basically did the same thing after Mitchell beat him in 2006 - refused to concede on election night and actually never gave a speech that night to thank his supporters and staff."

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J.D. Hayworth concedes defeat -- without bothering to call his opponent, Senator John McCain.


Like the Quayle/ Hulburd race, Hayworth's battle with McCain was ugly. But Hulburd had the decency to pick up the phone. 

So, props to Jon Hulburd for losing with class. As for Hayworth: Arizona dodged a bullet.


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3 comments
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guest

Oh boy! Four more years of the headless body in the Governor's Office. The voters in AZ have did a bad thing.

A.M.
A.M.

Definitely some typos in this article. Do you guys proofread? Geez louise.

Loosecannonsbluesband
Loosecannonsbluesband

What we're seeing here is tantamount to pre-30s Germany. A bad economy, weak government (i.e., idealogically split and unable to govern due to obstructionism), increasingly wide disparity between wealth and poor, and an upswelling of populist leaders who draw power from the fear generated by scapegoating the weakest parts of our population - those who can't fight back. All that is needed for a Beck or Palin or Brewer to take the center spotlight of power is for the public to decide who is making the most outlandish unbelievable statements and then back that person.

Who will our "hitler" be I wonder?

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