(CNN) – Arizona Sen. John McCain launched two ads Tuesday that seek to shine a spotlight on his opponent's past work as a lobbyist.
McCain is locked in a re-election battle with former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth. The two ads - one for television and one for radio - paint Hayworth as a Washington insider that was voted out of office in 2006 because of his ties to lobbyists.
"Hayworth was paid thousands by a Florida corporation to lobby the very committee he used to serve on," the television narrator says. "Outsider? A lobbyist is as inside Washington as it gets."
Brian Rogers, McCain's campaign communications director, took the message a step further by tying Hayworth to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
"It is stunning that Congressman Hayworth would register as a Washington lobbyist after Arizonans voted him out of office in part because of his close ties to another lobbyist – convicted felon Jack Abramoff, who is currently serving time in federal prison," Rogers said in a statement. Abramoff was transferred Tuesday from prison to a Maryland halfway house to serve the remainder of his sentence.
Both ads will run statewide "for the next couple weeks," according to Rogers. Arizona's primary will be held on August 24.
Read the TV and radio scripts after the jump:
Television ad script:
SEN. McCAIN: “I’m John McCain and I approve this message.”
VOICEOVER: “J.D. Hayworth says he’s an outsider. But after he was voted out of Congress he became a registered lobbyist. Hayworth was paid thousands by a Florida corporation to lobby the very committee he used to serve on. Outsider? A lobbyist is as inside Washington as it gets.”
ARIZONA VOTER: “Hayworth was my congressman, but we voted him out.”
Radio ad script:
MALE VOICEOVER: “J.D. Hayworth says he’s an outsider. Hmmm. Well, he was an insider as a member of Congress. Then, his big spending ways and taint of a lobbying scandal became too much for Arizonans. We voted Hayworth out of office. So what does Hayworth do? Remarkably, he decides to become a lobbyist himself.”
FEMALE VOICEOVER: “J.D. Hayworth was paid thousands of dollars by a Florida corporation to lobby the very committee he used to serve on. He became what he’d denounced, not for any Arizona interests, only for his own. So, when Hayworth says he’s an outsider, he’s not. He became a registered, professional lobbyist. And, that’s as inside Washington as you can get.”
MALE VOICEOVER: “Vote John McCain. Character matters.”
SEN. McCAIN: “I’m John McCain and I approve this message. Paid for by Friends of John McCain.”