Some Arizona voters received a robo call from Jimmie Lee Deakin over the weekend. Never heard of him? You’re not alone. Jimmie Lee is mounting a tilting-at-windmills challenge to John McCain.
He entered the race saying that he wanted to present an alternative to Arizona’s senior senator, who has spent nearly thirty years in the heady environs of Washington. D.C. — that is, when he hasn’t been missing crucial votes while waging two losing presidential campaigns.
Minuteman co-founder Chris Simcox also entered the Republican fray to unseat McCain. But Simcox, seeing the bigger picture, stepped aside when popular conservative, former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth entered the race. In fact, he appeared at Hayworth’s kickoff event and graciously endorsed him.
Deakin, who has raised no money and gained no traction is so mulishly bonded to staying in, his intransigence has raised questions as to whether he is actually a stealth McCain authorized spoiler, staying in to siphon votes from Hayworth in what is becoming a nationally watched race. Recent polling shows a mere five-point spread (47% to 42%), between the McCain and Hayworth — giving rise to the allegations. McCain is so skittish, he backs away from debates and has just reshuffled (fired?) his campaign manager and staffers after major gaffes.
The last mandatory filings with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) indicated Deakin reported just $4,321 cash on hand. The robo calls no doubt cut a wide swathe through that skimpy total.