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AZ Senate hopeful defends pitch for troubled firm

Former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth addresses his supporters in Phoenix.  "I'm not Barack Obama" is a message former Republicans officials are hoping is enough to return them to public office - some, to the seats they lost decades ago. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth addresses his supporters in Phoenix.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth’s campaign is defending his role as a pitchman three years ago for a Florida company that consumer advocates have accused of airing misleading ads.

The former Arizona congressman is currently battling Sen. John McCain ahead of the state’s Aug. 24 GOP primary.

Hayworth campaign spokeman Mark Sanders said Monday that Hayworth didn’t know about the history of National Grants Conferences when he agreed to do the 30-minute informercial in 2007.

The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company, which has filed for bankruptcy, promised to help people get thousands of dollars in government money.

But consumer advocates complained that it lured people to a free seminar, then pressured clients to spend hundreds of dollars for information that is readily available online or at the library.

4 comments

  1. “Hayworth campaign spokeman Mark Sanders said Monday that Hayworth didn’t know about the history of National Grants Conferences when he agreed to do the 30-minute informercial in 2007.”

    Will he do a similar “bang-up” job educating himself on pending legislation? Time to go back to sportscasting JD, it’s all you are truly qualified for.

  2. J.D. has already failed as a representative for Arizonans in Washington; he introduced and fathered no remarkable legislation. He was too busy feathering his own nest. No second chance for J.D..

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