Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth
Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth

J.D. Hayworth Interprets Grant Woods Vampire Quip as Death Threat

What do you call a vampire who's running for the U.S. Senate? Don't bother asking Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth because the guy's apparently humorless, can't take a joke.

Hayworth seems to think that a vampire quip made by former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods was a death threat, and is demanding an apology.

In an interview with Newsweek, Woods joked: "Someone needs to drive a wooden stake through this guy's heart."

Woods, who is supporting Senator John McCain -- Hayworth's GOP primary opponent -- was referring to Hayworth, not Dracula.

"This cavalier death threat that he issued is over the top," Hayworth tells Politico.

We're assuming that if Woods had any real desire to kill Hayworth, he'd probably go a more traditional route than driving a wooden stake through his heart. We sent him an e-mail to see if he had any immediate plans to murder the former congressman -- via-wooden stake or otherwise -- but he didn't immediately get back us.

"If Grant Woods had a shred of decency, he would apologize for what amounts to a death threat," Hayworth continues. "For Mr. Woods to issue a death threat in a national magazine like Newsweek is way beyond the pale."

No, J.D., unless you are in fact a vampire, interpreting an innocent reference to pop-culture as a death threat is what's "beyond the pale."

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