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Tea Party groups staying out of McCain/Hayworth primary

Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth has aligned himself with the Tea Party movement in his primary challenge to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). But he won't have the backing of the state's Tea Party groups.

The organizers behind the four largest Arizona Tea Party organizations - the Tucson Tea Party, Greater Phoenix Tea Party, Flagstaff Tea Party, and Mohave County Tea Party - issued a joint press release Monday announcing that they would not endorse in the race.

"The Tea Party is a non-partisan, grassroots movement that stands for limited government, free markets, and fiscal responsibility. Both McCain and Hayworth's records during their many years in Washington leave much to be desired on these issues," said Robert Mayer, co-founder of the Tucson Tea Party. "It is their job to hold themselves up to these values and fight for our votes."

Since Hayworth announced his primary challenge, McCain has veered to the right on some issues while also aggressively attacking the conservative radio host as a fringe candidate.

By Rachel Weiner  |  March 1, 2010; 2:08 PM ET
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JD lost the one and only one endorsement he thought he had. JD cannot find an endoresement because everyone knows McCain is a better candidate for the position. JD has never been more then a dumb blowhard who is all for an earmark or two...or three... McCain is who this Nation and Arizona needs to keep on track with the fight against this administration!

Posted by: antidonkey | March 2, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh well,face it folks,senile old Amnesty John McCain has already angered so many of
the Arizona voters,by co-sponoring the failed (Thank God) McCain and Teddy Kennedy
Illegal Alien Amnesty Bill,that McCain will
go down in flames come election day 2010,
since senile old Amnesty John McCain must not have Cindy's Permission to Retire by
now. And,you betcha Iam one of the Arizona
Independent Voters that damn sure will not
vote to Re-Elect Amnesty John McCain this
election...All McCain is just another damn
phony baloney RINO and a loser that used his Viet Nam War POW experience for his own
political gain and is still living off of
his rich wife Cindy big bucks beer money.
Just Say No To Amnesty John McCain in 2010!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | March 1, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Liberal progressive Pelosi joining hands with the conservative tea party. This has to be the biggest joke of the week.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 1, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

...and therein lies the crux of the Tea Party movement. Without a viable third party, providing acceptable conservative candidates, there will be limited choices for true Tea Party patriots.

*sigh* It’s going to take multiple election cycles to turn this country around and I fear we don’t have the time.

Oh well, be sure to stock up on the three precious metals - gold, silver and lead - and all the groceries you can hoard…you’re going to need them.

Posted by: sosueme1 | March 1, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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