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.
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