Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), who is challenging Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary, is getting some help from one of the most prominent Republicans in the state, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio, a long-time opponent of illegal immigration –Â and of McCain himself, having endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2008 GOP primaries instead of his home state’s candidate — has written a letter promoting Hayworth’s candidacy, The Hotline reports. The letter was sent out to Arpaio’s fundraising list. In the letter, Arpaio accuses McCain of having “moderate or even liberal positions.” Arpaio also attacks McCain’s political credibility as a conservative, seemingly ridiculing him for doing a bad job of campaigning against Barack Obama in 2008.
“Senator McCain has served this country admirably but it’s time to replace his moderate or even liberal positions on taxes, the border, social causes and big bank bailouts with a consistent conservative like J.D.,” Arpaio writes. “I just wish Senator McCain had run as hard against Barack Obama as he is against a conservative like J.D. That could have prevented the harmful, liberal agenda we are all now suffering through.”