August 25th, 2010
05:05 PM ET
8 years ago

Arizona: No hard feelings?

Phoenix (CNN) – So much for Republican unity.

A day after Senator John McCain walked to victory in Arizona's Republican Senate primary, his opponent J.D. Hayworth hasn't called to concede nor does he plan to. "J.D. has moved on," says Mark Sanders spokesman for the J.D. Hayworth campaign.

While it's not required, the primary season ritual has the loser call the winner to privately concede and pledge to support the ticket before making a public statement.

Apparently in this case, the candidate didn't see a point. "Once McCain went downstairs and accepted, there wasn't a need to have a conversation," Hayworth's spokesman Sanders tells CNN. He points out Hayworth did concede in public remarks he delivered after McCain's victory speech. Sanders adds, "It wasn't cantankerous."

Don't tell that to the McCain camp. A McCain aide who asked not to be named said of the snub, "Not surprised. J.D. is classless to the end."

The campaign for Arizona's Republican Senate primary was marked by sharp attacks on both sides. McCain spent more than $20 million to fend off Hayworth, who months ago seemed to present the long-term senator with a serious challenge. McCain labeled Hayworth a "huckster" and, in an interview with CNN, Hayworth called on McCain to apologize "to the people of Arizona" for what he termed "a fundamentally dishonest campaign."

Hayworth ended up losing to McCain by about 30 points.

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. independent

    So Hayworth is more of a Grumpy Old Person than McCain?

    August 25, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Larry

    Talk about classless

    Until 2006, John was someone to look up to and respect

    Though I will always respect what he did in Nam, he's been nothing but political scum since

    If he wins in November, Arizona deserves him

    August 25, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. AZ DEM

    God help us all because its pretty inevitable that McCain gets another 6 years in the Senate...I only hope he goes back to being the John McCain that ACTUALLY does reach across the aisle to get things done for this country. Still John McCain will NEVER get my vote but he was def better than JD Hayworth.

    August 25, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. MrAmerica

    That's kind of like the pot calling the kettle black

    August 25, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. keeth in california

    No, they're both classless to the end.

    August 25, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Patriot

    This is why tigers eat their young....

    August 25, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Big George in Big D

    HAHAHAHA – what a sore loser!

    August 25, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. jhl

    As this is likely to be John's last rodeo maybe he can work on buffing up his legacy which to date isn't anything other than being a POW.

    He won't have to run to the right again, so he can actually try to be a centrist which he once proudly was.

    August 25, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    When will Arizona wake up and see that the Republicans have not done a thing for America?

    There are a lot of Seniors living in AZ, don't they realize that it was the Democrats who created Social Security? What would those folks do without it?

    How about Medicare? Medicaid? Unemployment Benefits? SCHIP? Minimum Wage? Equal Rights Bill? Voting Rights? Civil Rights?

    So many Americans benefit from the work Democrats have done, and still vote for the Party of No.

    August 25, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Here we go again!!

    Oh Please! McCain is just as much classless as J.D. I had alot of respect for McCain until when it came time for him to stick to his guns of the BIG ISSUES ...he did a 360.. SADDDDDDDDDD!!!!

    August 25, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Hope CNN will allow me to post this.

    To REG in AZ......... thank you for your brilliant comment, it was long but I read it. As a former-life-long (ugh) Republican, I agree with you 100%!

    August 25, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. malabar

    Funny how dems only tolerate repubs who bend over backwards for them and lynch those in their own party who reach out to the right. either way, glad McCain won. i wanna see him get cantakerous n grumpy though, that wud only add to the tragicomedy of Americas political theatre

    August 25, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Carl

    Good for him. Ron Paul didn't concede once McCain "officially" had the presidential nod in 2008, and no one went after him for it.

    August 25, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Kris Craig

    This isn't just about lacking class. It's also about lacking courage. The coward was so angry and humiliated by his loss that he didn't even have the guts to call McCain to congratulate him. Pathetic, really. I bet JD was one of those kids who screamed, "No fair, you cheated!!" whenever he lost at Monopoly.

    Not that I'm a fan of the new right-wing McCain either, but at least the man has character. Nobody can doubt that, if the results had been reversed, McCain would've called JD to congratulate him while JD smugly gloated.

    August 25, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Neither McCain or Hayworth or worth a darn thing.

    August 25, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Bob F.

    Arizona Republicans are busy sowing seeds that might grow a crop they don't want. In 1986, the Dems split the gubernatorial primary and couldn't reunify. The result was that Republican Evan Mecham was elected governor. Before two years were out, Mecham, still in the Governor's office, was facing criminal indictment, impeachment, and a recall election. The Dems screwed themselves then; now, the Repubs are screwing themselves. The end of the primary season is the time to bury the hatchet, unify your forces, and work for the good of the city, county, state, or nation. Hayworth should read his Arizona history and try to keep from repeating it.

    August 25, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Marcus

    And what if the roles had been revered and J.D. Hayworth had won the primary? Would Mccain concede then?
    Me thinks yes...

    August 25, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    All the Dem / Repub drama is staged and only makes us all think there is such a BIG difference between them. Like a phony reality show. Only this is real life – sad that most voters don't know the difference.

    Time for Second Party in this country.

    August 25, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Pragmatic

    ... which is one of the reasons McCain won! The GOP are nasty – even to each other! I remember karl rove's whispering campaign about "McCain's black baby" and the simple-minded republicans in SC (of course) who believed it! McCain 2000 would have been so much better than Bush.

    McCain 2010 is getting old but still better than Hayworth ... don't care for Harry Reid ... but Sharron (the Obtuse) Angle is a really scary choice. Can't win if you don't run reasonable candidates!

    August 25, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Proud Az Dem

    This isn't the first time Hayworth has been too cowardly to personally concede defeat. When Harry Mitchell beat him in 2006, and took the congressional seat that Hayworth had filled, he refused to concede, and instead had his campaign office send out a press release that acknowledged that Mitchell had won. Big guy, no guts.

    August 25, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. wilddawg

    Thank God it's over. Now maybe Hayworth will shut up. Too full of himself even back when he was a TV anchor. He'd be better on Saturday Night Live.

    August 25, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. B

    They just keep putting the Angry Old White Has- beens up front again and expect different results......

    Arizona, land of the angry very OLD right wing extremes – –

    August 25, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Matt

    Hayworth, along with the rest of the Tea Partiers, are done. Glad Republicans were smart enough to vote in someone who has proven to be moderate in the past.

    August 25, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. George of the jungle

    MY My sounds like the whole repo party is class less to me. What a waste of time with these guys. Poor Arizonia

    August 25, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. The Bu

    That just shows the character of Mr. Hayworth. I am no fan of John McCain, but it's just not a good thing to be a sore loser and that's what this guy has done. Good luck to Mr. McCain's Democratic opponent in November!!!! Lol!!!!

    August 25, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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