J.D. Hayworth's "free money"; Steve Cohen's dorky dancing; Mark Kirk's great escape; and Mike Huckabee's affair with Helen Thomas
Seems that J.D. Hayworth was for government handouts before he was against them.
The conservative primary challenger to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), Hayworth calls himself a "conservative steward of your tax dollars." But three years ago, he was part of a business venture that coached people how to squeeze "free money" out of the government.
Hayworth appeared in an infomercial, telling businesspeople that they could make good money by attending National Grants Conferences that instructed them in applying for federal grants.
"Now you may think that what you've heard is too good to be true, but let me assure you, it is real, it's available, and it's something you should take advantage of," Hayworth says in the infomercial. "Why leave it to the big boys on Wall Street or even the business owners on Main Street? Bring it to your street, to your home."
As a white guy representing a majority African American district, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) has been fairly adept at racial politics. But then he decided to try dancing to rap music.
"Dancing" is perhaps too kind a description of what Cohen was doing when he attempted to keep time with a rap group that joined him on the stage at a campaign event. In the time-honored tradition of the dork at the school dance, Cohen swayed awkwardly next to the rappers, swung his arms at his side and hitched up his pants.
For Cohen's next campaign appearance, may we suggest Neil Diamond?
Awkward though it was for Cohen, he survived the incident without physical injury --- which puts him one ahead of his Democratic colleague in the House, Rep. Jared Polis (Colo). The young congressman, for reasons not entirely clear, decided to send out a twitpic of himself with blood pouring from his nose. There was no flag behind him, so he'll have to re-injure his nostril if he wants that to be his official congressional portrait. The blood, combined with the red stripes in the flag, would really pop.
Mark Kirk can't hide, but he sure can run.
Kirk, an Illinois Republican, is running for the Senate. But more interesting than what he's running for is what he's running from.
Reporters attended a hotel luncheon Monday where Kirk was speaking, in hopes of asking him questions about recent reports that he has exaggerated his experience and his credentials. But when the lunch ended and reporters moved to the front of the ballroom to intercept the candidate, Kirk "bolted for a back door," according to journalist Greg Hinz. "With media in hot pursuit, he raced through a Hyatt kitchen and into the back seat of a black SUV -- I believe it was a Cadillac Escalade -- which instantly peeled out."
But hiding from the media can only work for so long. Ask Rand Paul. The Republican Senate candidate from Kentucky, muzzled by party elders after his unfortunate run-in with the Civil Rights Act, is back in form. Paul went on WVLK-AM in Lexington and told unemployed people to stop whining and start accepting lower-paying jobs. "As bad as it sounds, ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that's less than we had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy to get started again. Nobody likes that, but it may be one of the tough-love things that has to happen."
On the topic of tough love, Mike Huckabee, the favorite candidate of many religious conservatives during the 2008 presidential race, has revised his views on gay marriage. He told a writer for the New Yorker about a hypothetical tryst with Nancy Pelosi: "The only thing worse than a torrid affair with sweet, sweet Nancy would be a torrid affair with Helen Thomas. If those were my only options, I'd probably be FOR same-sex marriage!"
Keep talking like that, governor, and you'll have a nose like Jared Polis's.
-- Compiled by Matt DeLong, Dylan Matthews and Felicia Sonmez.
| June 21, 2010; 9:53 PM ET
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