Not only has John McCain charged that his senate opponent, conservative J. D. Hayworth, didn’t attend to his due diligence when signing on with a company offering federal grants, he has relentlessly castigated him for the involvement.
But not a word has been uttered regarding McCain’s good buddy, the ubiquitous Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. The star-struck sheriff has been exposed calling white supremacist radio talk show co-host Eddie Miller a “great American” during his appearance on “The Political Cesspool.” Babeu added that he’d be “honored” to welcome the show to Pinal County “so you could tell all of your listeners that — truly, first hand, what’s going on.” Then he begged a bit, inviting people go to his website, or if people chose, “if they have 5, 10, 20 bucks and they want to lend help … we’d love to have their support.”
Edwards, highly critical of blacks, other minorities and Jews has attacked a national Jewish organization as “America’s most powerful hate group” and has claimed that its definition of a “neo-Nazi [is] any white person who disagrees with a Jew.”
Appearance-wise, Paul Babeu and James Edwards are surprising look-alikes. But after posting this message of support for Babeu, Edwards retracted it, writing Sheriff Babeu is confused. This occurred after Babeu’s spokesman, Tim Gaffney, issued a public quasi-apology on behalf of his badge-wearing boss.
Babeu has appeared in at least two television commercials with McCain, including the side-splittingly absurd “Build the danged fence” ad. Arizonans familiar with McCain’s famous temper and salty tongue know he never uttered the word “danged” in his life prior to this campaign.
In the game of political gotcha, having a high-level endorser hanging with a white supremist beats an infomercial any day of the week. Why so mum, Mr. McCain?
The plot thickens. James Edwards has a blog post up this morning, asking: