In a fundraising letter sent to supporters, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio urges their backing for former Congressman J.D. Hayworth — who is mounting a challenge to Arizona’s long-time senator John McCain.
“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 wrote.
“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.”
Arpaio addressed the early negative ads McCain has flooded the airwaves with this way: “Indeed, Sen. McCain is already attacking J.D. by name in advertisements because [McCain] knows [Hayworth] is the type of exciting, principled conservative that energizes people like you and me.”
Arpaio sent the letter to his own fundraising network, as he went to bat for Hayworth’s bid against McCain — who is seeking his fifth six-year senate term.
Known for his support of a secured border, Sheriff Arpaio has a national following capable of bringing a strong assist to Hayworth’s efforts. McCain’s push for his own amnesty plan reconfigured as “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” won him few conservative supporters.
“We must stop Sen. McCain’s policies to open up our borders,” Arpaio writes, citing a Heritage Foundation report that highlighted the exorbitant costs of implementing McCain’s scheme.
In a statement of his own, Hayworth said, “Sheriff Arpaio and I agree that John McCain’s open borders approach for America is wrong.”
Hayworth will formally announce his candidacy on Feb. 15, 2010, with the 10:00 AM opening of his campaign headquarters at 3129 E. Cactus Rd. Suite 31, Phoenix, Arizona 85028.