4

U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Deakin Says J.D. Hayworth Supporters "Accosted" his Daughters in Parking Lots

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

In most political campaigns, the children of candidates are off-limits -- at least they should be.

Someone may want to explain that to supporters of Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth, who GOP Senate candidate Jim Deakin claims "accosted" his teenage daughters in parking lots, telling them Deakin better get out of the race.

Deakin, a Tea Party candidate, tells New Times that Hayworth supporters -- including "Dwayne the Cabby," a longtime friend of Hayworth's old radio show -- harassed his daughters on two separate occasions at the beginning of the primary campaign.

Deakin says Hayworth's cronies saw "Jim Deakin for Senate" bumper stickers on his daughters' cars and started hassling them.

The daughters, ages 18 and 19 -- proud of their father and in an attempt to explain the bumper stickers -- told the political punks that Deakin was their dad. Hayworth's hooligans responded by telling the girls to go home and tell their father to drop out of the race.

In one case, Deakin says Hayworth supporters went so far as to block one of his daughters' car from leaving a Taco Bell parking lot.

Classy.

We contacted Hayworth campaign spokesman Mark Sanders to give the campaign a chance to respond to the allegations. He never got back to us.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.