With the future of Luke Air Force base in doubt, the Fighter Country Partnership sees a powerful ally in Senator John McCain.
The coalition of air base supporters, headed up by local developers and establishment-types, endorsed McCain today in his battle against former Congressman J.D. Hayworth for the Senate seat.
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McCain's influence has been key in keeping Luke in the running as the main training base for the new F-35 fighter jet, the organization's CEO, Steve Yamamori, said in a statement.
"His leadership has literally preserved the goose that continues to lay the golden egg of economic stimulus to the state of Arizona," stated Yamamori.
Arizona could a few more golden eggs these days. But not all Valley residents are thrilled with the idea of a new and noisier jet fighter making its home at Luke.
Hayworth may have just picked up a few more votes in El Mirage.