Last week we posted a poll for our readers that asked a simple question. Would you support J.D. Hayworth in his run against John McCain in 2010? The results?Out of about 3,500 votes,79% of you said you would indeed support Hayworth in his challenge to John McCain for the Arizona Senate Seat.
As I told our committee on our conference call with J.D. Hayworth this week, the overwhelming amount of emails coming in support of J.D. Hayworth makes this feel like the special election in MA for Scott Brown that took place earlier this year.
In that particular scenario, Scott Brown was the underdog just six weeks before the election. In fact, at the time, he trailed by 30 points! But once the movement unified and rallied behind him, he was able to overcome the special interest and big money behind progressive candidate Martha Coakley. It is the opinion of our committee that John McCain has become a problem for our movement. His progressive positions in the Senate have been damaging to our efforts, and in many cases he appears to position himself against what we as a movement stand for. Erika Franzi, organizer for theAsheville Tea Partysent us the following statement.
“John McCain, the man who was once the ‘maverick,’ is now the personification of the mushy-middle, establishment Republican. His memorable bipartisan efforts, including Campaign Finance Reform, Climate Stewardship, Amnesty, and TARP, demonstrate his lack of regard for the constitutional limitations of the federal government.Senator John McCain is not a liberty candidate. Asheville Tea Party supports J.D. Hayworth’s bid to replace Senator John McCain as the GOP candidate for Arizona Senate.”
Erika hit the nail on the head with her statement, and our committee fully agreed that it’s time to oppose John McCain in a public manner.
Many, MANY tea party organizers responded to our email earlier today asking about their thoughts on the matter. Those in support of Hayworth include Jason Carey (Tea Party Organizer - Sag Harbor, NY), Erika Franzi (Asheville Tea Party), Marlene Bonilla (Tea Party Organizer in Kansas), Jennifer West (9/12 Organizer from Hattiesburg), Laura Boatright (California based Tea Party Organizer), Allen Coniglio (Buffalo, NY Tea Party Organizer), Diane Benjamin (Illinois based Tea Party Organizer), Ralph Reagan (North Carolina based Tea Party Organizer), Joni Schmidt (Texas based Tea Party Organizer), and many others.
Arizona Tea Party Organizers like Easton Kelsey and Keith Sipmann have also thrown their support behind J.D. Hayworth, and other Arizona organizers are getting involved as well.
Liberty First PAC, including its projects TaxDayTeaParty.com, The Patriot Caucus and The American Liberty Alliance will all now fully support Hayworth and strongly oppose John McCain.