J.D. Hayworth has a warning for John McCain: Bring up Jack Abramoff and I’ll rehash the Keating Five scandal.
The former six-term congressman isn’t yet officially in the race but already the Arizona GOP Senate primary shows signs of turning into a bare-knuckle brawl.
“If John McCain really wants to make this a campaign about ties to lobbyists we will very forcefully respond to his outrageous conduct and Bahamian vacations with convicted banker Charlie Keating,” said Jason Rose, a spokesman for Hayworth.
Perhaps Sarah Palin, who has endorsed McCain, will be sent out to fight it out, Teabagger to Teabagger, along the campaign trail. Wouldn’t that be fun.
And it’s on – McCain camp responds:
“Mr. Hayworth was the largest recipient of campaign contributions tied to the corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Senator McCain led the investigation that exposed Abramoff’s corruption.”