Rumor Mill: J.D. Hayworth Will NOT Run For Senate -- Again

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Former TV pitchman J.D. Hayworth's ego may have met its match -- in the form of Congressman Jeff Flake and his well-stocked campaign coffers.

We're told by those in the know that Hayworth has decided to not square off against Flake in what would be a GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat getting vacated by Senator Jon Kyl, which is great news for Arizona, but a real bummer for New Times staffers (the guy thinks gay people getting married will lead to men marrying horses and blames the medicaid shortfall on illegal immigrants. He's the journalism gift that keeps on giving).

Hayworth is one of several far-right-wing-nuts who was rumored to be considering a run for the seat.

Congressman Trent Franks, whose fear of fagalas recently prompted him to call for President Barack Obama to be impeached, announced last month that he would be making an announcement (an announcement for an announcement...ridiculous, we know) regarding his "future plans." It was implied that he would be saying he was running for Senate, but the day before his hyped announcement, he issued a statement saying he wouldn't be running. The announcement Franks announced never happened.

The problem for far-right-wingers is that Flake -- somewhat of a centrist who's loathed by big shots in the state Republican Party -- is shaping up to be a more-than-formidable opponent for any GOPer who may want to challenge him in a primary.

In the first quarter alone, Flake managed to raise about a million bucks giving him a total of about $1.5 million in cash on hand.

Another potential opponent for Flake is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who said in February he was considering a run -- but that's only because nothing grabs headlines like pretending to be considering a run for political office, and Arpaio, simply put, is a media slut. Senator Joe Arpaio? No chance in hell, for a lot of reasons.
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Whitneymsr
Whitneymsr

J D hayworth is a proponent of perpetual war, and his cronies in the war industry were of little help challenging the more prowar McCain for senate in 2010.

Both Hayworth and McCain are militaristic dinosaurs, and will be assigned their historical niches as such.

I've not heard an original thought from either of them.

Jason
Jason

After JD's humiliating loss to John McCain, why would he consider ANOTHER run for U.S. Senate? Doesn't this fool have anything better to do than be an Arpaio ass-kisser?

AZGregory
AZGregory

Strange dynamics going on in the Senate race as well as for the seat Flake is vacating. On the one hand, we have had a political atmosphere in AZ following the signing of SB1070 as evidenced by the last legislative and congressional elections where the the state Republican Party was not just influenced by the Tea Party, it was the Tea Party. Extremists had their way in the legislature will everything but the immigration bills that were narrowly killed at the last moment. Tea Party folks have taken control of many, many precinct committees and chairs. Yet the guys like Franks and Hayworth who live in their world and speak to their basest beliefs are running like scared rabbits for the sole reason that they know Flake will kick their asses.Flake is an arch republican but is not a panderer who follows the Fox News talking points on every issue. I wonder if it is merely a reflection on his strength and name recognition or whether there has been an actual shift in the political landscape over the past few months, perhaps as a result of the embarrassment of seeing the new group of tea party electees in the legislative session. If Flake ends up not having any viable opponents representing the TP wingnut faction, it should mean he does not do what McCain did and sell his soul to get re-elected. Flake has already started backing away from principled positions on comprehensive immigration reform. (And Arpaio has stopped floating stories about being pulled into the senate race since he seems to have finally had his star tarnished among average voters because of the $100 million in tax dollars illegally spent and the Babeau report fallout, which is only beginning.) As to the other race, Pearce looked to be a sure thing to run when Flake announced since his ego was of Hindenburg proportions. After looking like a dick every day of the legislative session and then looking especially dickish by smarmily backing Scott Bundgaard, followed immediately by the revelations of receiving Fiesta Bowl payola, he will be lucky to survive a recall election. Don't see any chance that he is going to give up his senate position and presidency to take a chance on Congress unless he is listening to TP disciples in the echo chamber they dwell in and he has no clue. I was hoping we could be rid of him like we lost Andy Thomas as a casualty of his own ambitions.

Nweng
Nweng

Why isn't he? I thought this was the year of the "Batshit Crazy" candidates.

Marcy
Marcy

Joe likes to make noises about running just like Donald Turnip.

Both have bigger egos than brains.

Jason
Jason

But you know the biggest difference between Trump and Arpaio? Trump's WORTH billions, while the Flaccid Fool's COST us billions.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Oh, shoot. The blog article is about the Dufus JD. Ummmm.... no, it's not likely many Republicans would be willing to waste any money on him. His days as an Arizona politician are over. He may consider a move to Texas, however, where he would fit right in....

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Not a chance the Old Guy is going to run. He will just use it as a way to get his wide angle cranium on tv for four or five seconds..

Who would he have to blame for all his misdeeds and inefficiencies? Like pearce, no one, not even Lori Klein...

"It's all the fault of those voters out there. We need check their birth certificates to make sure they are citizens before they are allowed to vote. I bet it was a bunch of them illegals that voted me into office so I could show the adoring public what a dunderhead I really am"... Or something like that.

In any case, as is the Arizona Republican philosophy, nothing could possibly be his fault. Kinda like Scott Bundgaard...

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