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McCain hosting fundraiser for Waring

McCain hosting fundraiser for Waring

Jim Waring

Jim Waring

U.S. Sen. John McCain will host a fundraiser for ex-staffer Jim Waring, giving the former lawmaker a cash infusion as he heads into the final week of his primary campaign.

McCain endorsed Waring in late July and will host a fundraiser for the former state senator on Aug. 18 at the Paradise Valley Country Club, according to campaign spokesman Bert Coleman.

Despite lackluster fundraising, most polls put Waring near the front of the pack in the 10-way GOP primary for the 3rd Congressional District, and Coleman said the extra campaign cash will be used for additional direct mail and television advertising. With Ben Quayle sliding in the polls, Coleman said Waring is running “neck and neck” with businessman Steve Moak, based on the campaign’s internal polling.

“It’s basically a two-person race,” Coleman said. “Polls that show Steve Moak way ahead in the polls are an illusion.”

In his Aug. 12 campaign finance report to the Federal Elections Commission, Waring reported raising only $237,000, compared to $1.1 million for Moak, including about $300,000 he loaned his campaign. Coleman, however, said Waring hasn’t been held back by his relatively low fundraising numbers.

“We have been outspent by multiples of three and four, and Jim is basically neck and neck with someone who has spent well over $1 million,” he said. “Jim Waring has been in people’s homes and living rooms visiting with voters. He has walked and knocked on the doors of tens of thousands of voters. … He walks 65 hours a week.”

Moak and Waring are looking to take advantage of Quayle’s recent fall from grace. Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, is the race’s fundraising leader and was long considered the frontrunner, but his recent drop in the polls was punctuated with revelations of ties to a racy, sex-themed website that satirizes Scottsdale nightlife.

Waring may benefit as well from the attacks his opponents are launching against each other. Two recent mailers from the Quayle campaign take aim at Moak, and one targets former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker as well.

-Jeremy Duda

  1. Ted King
    Ted King08-17-2010

    These are two outstanding statesmen who have already proved themselves.

    These are statesmen that other candidates and elected representatives in the Senate and in the House aspire to become.

  2. Rachel
    Rachel08-17-2010

    Why do we want to send another career politician to Congress, which is exactly what Jim Waring is. Waring has never help a private sector job and this is the third office that he has decided to run for (State House, Treasurer, and now Congress). Not to mention his wife owns and operates a business in Virginia. Our country is at a crossroads, and it is our duty to protect it for generations to come. I do not want my children and grandchildren to be bogged down in debt, I want them to be proud to be Americans, but for that to happen we need to start making changes now, we need to put the country back on track before it is too late. We need a candidate that is willing to stand up to the liberal agenda in Washington, not one who is using this job as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, as Waring seems to be doing. Too often we see candidates that boast about their previous experience in politics, but we do not need any more politicians who are all talk. I want to see real results and a Congressman who is not afraid to stand up for what they believe, even if it is the hard thing to do.

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