Deakin to Challenge Hayworth to Debate

This just in from the Jim Deakin campaign. Deakin will visit the campaign headquarters of JD Hayworth today at 2 PM to issue the challenge.

Jim Deakin

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2010

February 26, 2010

John Hayworth
3129 E. Cactus
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Mr. Hayworth,

It has come to my attention that you have extended an offer for a series of debates with John McCain. As the original challenger to the U.S. Senate seat he currently occupies, I have been requesting the opportunity to debate Mr. McCain for months. I have approached several organizations including TEA Party groups, with a request to organize our debates. Now that you are in the race, I welcome your participation, and your efforts in prompting Mr. McCain to come and debate his challengers before the Arizona voter.

I understand your contention, and agree with you that our current Senator must participate in debates with us. However, I also understand that this Senators’ time is limited and a great deal of his attention must be focused on vital tasks in Washington D.C. as he finishes his final term as our representative.

In the meantime, you and I are here, in Arizona, with no encumbrances. I see no reason why you and I cannot start the debate season without his participation. So let’s get started.

I have been the TEA Party Activist candidate in Arizona for 14 months. The Greater Phoenix TEA Party and the Flagstaff TEA Party/ROC’n are ready and eager to host a number of debates. Mr. McCain will always be welcome to join us when he is in available.


Jim Deakin


  1. There certainly is a question here as to who really is the “Tea Party candidate.” JD Hayworth was at the Tea Party gathering that occurred in mid February 2009 when President Obama visited Dobson High School. In fact, if I recall, JD even helped organize that gathering that KFYI became involved in. He was also a key organizer of the one that occurred at the State Capitol on April 15th.

  2. Antifederalist says

    To add to what Clyde has said, the Tucson Tea party held at the ball park months ago seemed to be a J.D. crowd. When he hinted he might run for something, the entire crowd chanted “SENATE, SENATE!” So, this loon Deakin can claim he’s the Tea Party candidate all he wants, but the reality is that he has NO credible support and he’s nothing but a distraction from the real candidates. For J.D. to appear in the same room with this goofball would be to damage J.D.’s own credibility as a candidate.

  3. Yes, the wording is being stretched a bit in Deakin’s letter: “the TEA Party Activist candidate in Arizona for 14 months.” He has been involved in the Tea Party movement but to say he is “the” Tea Party Activist candidate is misleading. I’m sure there are some individuals who have endorsed Deakin, but he has not been endorsed by the group as a whole, therefore he is not “the” TPA candidate.

  4. Onward: Who is “the group as a whole”?

  5. I love how he declares himself the tea party candidate as if there is a set party… The only place I know of with one currently is nevada who has a party and candidate

  6. Stephen Kohut says

    McCain’s campaign said that John “would debate any certified candidate.” The only candidate certified to be on the ballot is Jim Deakin. JD and McCain have yet to qualify. So, once all three are on the ballot then both Jim and JD should take McCain up on his offer and let the chips fall where they may. That is what vigorous, contested primaries are about.

  7. Veritas Vincit says

    It all depends on who gets all their nomination signatures, JD or Jim.

    I like Jim. Then again I’ve known JD for many years, and he truly is the “Consistent Conservative”.

    As for his ‘record’… when you’re a junior member of the House you vote the way the “Cardinal” tells you to vote. In JDs case, that would have been Kolbe and McCain.

    Even should Deakin win come November, once he’s in the U.S. Senate he’ll have to obey the rules and his “superior officers” in the party. JD knows how to side-step that game.

  8. Veritas Vincit says

    Actually in thinking about it, between Deakin and Hayworth this is one case where experience matters.

    … and between Hayworth and McCain, this is one race in which integrity matters.

    McCain must retire and simply go away.

  9. West Valley GOP says

    This is the second post I’ve read on Sonoran Alliance where a Deakin supporter has referred to him as the only “certified” candidate. Is that like claiming to be THE Tea Party candidate? How did Deakin get “certified”? I don’t think anyone can file their signatures until April, so how does Deakin and his campaign define “certified”?

  10. If Deakin really wanted to help the party grow past the damage McShame has done to us, he would step aside and let JD go toe to toe with McLame.

    I will say that if Deakin gets 3% of the vote and Hayworth loses to McCain in a close one lots of people will be looking for Mr. Deakin.

  11. Stephen Kohut says

    Since “Conservative 2 the Core” is a hot link to the JD campaign I can understand your position regarding Jim and give it the consideration it deserves. None. Just a little bit selfserving there, wouldn’t you say?

  12. nightcrawler says

    On this rare occassion, I do agree with Kohut. We live in a democracy. The underdog deserves his day. To ask Deakin to resign is like Oklahoma asking Boise State to forfeit the game because they aren’t in the “same league”. It ain’t the American way.

    JD needs to earn his votes. He looked good on O’Reilly last night. We all know he can broadcast, he is as I said before, one of the best orators in the history of Arizona.

    Enough hecking from the booth, step on the field, JD. Play Appalachian State. What are you afraid of ?

  13. Annie Oliver says

    How much you want to bet JD acts as just as much of a coward as he did in delivering the debate requests to McCain when he knew he was in Washington… Grow up, JD. Arizona needs a Senator, not a seven-year-old.

  14. If Jim Deakin, would try and remember who he is running against he may get some traction. But if you are a candidate for any office I would think you would run against the office holder, John McNasty. For months I have been getting complaints from members of the Tea Party about Jim Deakin’s campaign. Go figure.

  15. Annie:

    I agree Arizona needs a Senator!

    We’ve been stuck with only one for about 18yrs!

  16. Stephen Kohut says


    From what I’ve read in many blogs JD’s supporters seem to think he is running against Jim first and McRINO second given that the main mantra is that Jim should withdraw. I have heard an equal number of complaints regarding JD’s campaign as you have had of Jim. Give it a rest and pratice what you preach. Both challengers and their supporters need to be focusing on McRINO and not each other.

  17. LOLOLOL@Stephen, we know exactly who JD needs to beat in the primary. We never had any question about who was running. Jim is not only a spoiler in this race he is running a scorched earth policy. Jim’s wife told me that Jim will stay in the race and let McNasty win. She told me that to my face, like a threat. It was right then and there I decided to support JD if he got in.

  18. JD may be a consistent conservative, but in the House, he was a consistent EARMARKER…

  19. Stephen Kohut says


    I’ve met and spoke with Jim and Adonia quite a few times. I have seen them in many groups where Jim was either a speaker or they were just attending. I have never seen them be anything but polite. Is it just possible that you just rub people a little wrong and don’t like it when they lash back? Just asking.

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