John McCain, although absent from the actual festivities, dominated the buzz at last evening’s AZ GOP Christmas party. Several partygoers were comparing notes on the push-pull polling calls they had received, obviously done at the behest of the 2010 McCampaign.
The questions asked by the “Parent’s Group” pollster began with generalities such as how likely the recipient was to vote in the upcoming election. They escalated to more targeted information such as questioning whether any family members were military veterans or did they own a firearm. Finally, they got to the nitty-gritty of a match up between McCain and former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, who is not even a declared candidate. When the pollster was told that Hayworth, if he were to enter the race, had their vote, out came the long-knife slasher questions, linking Hayworth to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, even though Hayworth was vindicated and cleared of all allegations. There was even a question disparaging his family members.
It appears John McCain is running scared and is already out in front of the still phantom candidate, spending money to denigrate him, should he decide to enter the fray. These embarrassing polling numbers, courtesy of Rasmussen Reports, could be the reason for the defensive actions.
And on an amusing note one of McCain’s own paid staffers, the new chairman of District 20, (shown at the beginning of this video wearing white shirt and gray suit) called in to Hayworth’s KFYI radio talk show yesterday afternoon, to give Hayworth a hard time. Many people recognized his voice immediately, and one longtime Republican activist called in to expose him.
As to the “Parent’s Group” who were identified as paying for the poll, one call recipient said she asked the Utah pollster if the “parents” might have been McCain’s!