On the same day the anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed former Congressman J.D. Hayworth in his bid to unseat Senator John McCain as the GOP candidate for Senate, the McCain campaign is calling on Hayworth to disavow the endorsement.
"J.D. Hayworth's lavish praise for the social theories of noted anti-Semite and xenophobe Henry Ford sparked a major controversy during his losing 2006 campaign, causing many Arizonans to question Mr. Hayworth's judgment. It is astounding that Mr. Hayworth would today accept the endorsement of a group that the Anti-Defamation League reports is backed by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and anti-Semites. Mr. Hayworth should immediately disavow this group's support," says Brian Rogers, the McCain campaign's Communications Director.
Hayworth has already accepted the endorsements of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Minutemen co-founder Chris Simcox, so what's a few more human-rights hooligans, right?
Rogers claims some of the country's most notorious hate-mongers support the group, including members of the National Socialist Movement and David Duke, a former "Grand Wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan and one-time presidential candidate from Louisiana.
We shot Hayworth's political flak, Jason Rose, an e-mail to see if J.D. plans on taking "the maverick's" advice. We'll let you know if we hear anything.