J.D. Hayworth's criticism of John McCain over a TV ad featuring Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu seems to have backfired.
Since calling on McCain to pull the ad because Babeu called in to a white-supremacist radio show -- apparently without knowing it was a show for racists -- Hayworth's now taking his lumps from Arizona lawmen defending the sheriff.
This afternoon, the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police put out a press release calling on Hayworth to retract his comments about Babeu and demanding an apology.
"We're about to enforce SB1070, and the White House doesn't trust Arizona Peace Officers to enforce the law without racially profiling," says Sergeant John Ortolano, president of the AFOP. "It is unfortunate that J.D. Hayworth has agreed and now wrongly attacked Sheriff Paul Babeu."
Yesterday, Hayworth basically likened Babeu to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, saying "the host of this particular show said Babeu was the most exciting guest he has had on since infamous KKK leader David Duke appeared.
"David Duke, Paul Babeu, John McCain -- certainly the senior senator from Arizona does not want to be at that party."
The AFOP says the comments crossed a line.
"The former congressman should know better than to attack law enforcement for political gain, and he needs to retract his statements and apologize to the Sheriff," Ortolano continues.
In response to the comments, the McCain campaign called Hayworth's actions "desperate."
We contacted Hayworth's campaign to see if he had any plans to apologize. Nobody's gotten back to us yet.
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