Jim Kouri
Will McCain dupe Arizona Republicans today?
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By Jim Kouri
August 24, 2010

Arizona Senator John McCain is enjoying a comfortable lead over his primary opponent J.D. Hayworth, who garnered the support of the Tea Party movement and most conservative organizations.

Many political pundits say they believe that Senator John McCain will win Arizona's Republican primary, after his almost sudden embrace of conservatism and spending millions of dollars fighting former congressman and conservative radio show host J.D. Hayworth.

While McCain enjoys the support of the GOP establishment, the Tea Party groups support Hayworth who, unlike McCain, is seeking tough federal action on the illegal immigration issue.

Hayworth shocked many political observers and pundits when polls first had him running close to McCain, but the four-time senator came racing back after shifting to the right on key issues such as illegal immigration and border security.

McCain had a war chest contained over $20 million into the primary race, while Hayworth reportedly had a mere $2.5 miillion. Sadly, it appears McCain's political strategy of moving to the right during election cycles and then lurching to the left once victory is achieved will dupe Arizona voters yet again.

Perhaps voters should remember that before McCain was for tough illegal immigration enforcement and legislation, he was against it.

In 2006, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his friend the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) introduced a new immigration bill that was even more liberal than their past "amnesty" bill. They called it a fast-track to citizenship for illegal aliens.

US Border Patrol agents have been unhappy with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) since he voted for the first Amnesty Bill (S. 2611). And they were not quiet about their collective anger over the senator's actions and remarks.

According to members of the agents' union local 2544, Senator McCain was a friend to rank-and-file Border Patrol agents. Local 2544 represents US Border Patrol agents in Arizona, McCain's home state.

"He routinely ignores correspondence from Border Patrol agents and often gives the impression that he is just too big and too important to deal with us," they said.

"He attempts to undermine our mission at every turn and actively supports the criminals who violate our laws. He always tries to downplay the fact that illegal aliens knowingly and willingly violate our laws, and he is a close ally on immigration matters with Senator Ted Kennedy, who we believe is the biggest disgrace of all time in the United States Senate."

These law enforcement agents point to Senator McCain's "imperious attitude" towards rank-and-file Border Patrol agents and his complete disdain for their mission has been evident for many years.

"We will not bother listing his web site [for citizens to write to him] because it's obvious he couldn't care less what the average American thinks."

There is also a belief that McCain is a bit too cozy with the Mexican government. The agents had said that this is the same Mexican government that sends millions of Mexican citizens here illegally to steal jobs and send billions of dollars back to Mexico. This is the same Mexican government whose soldiers smuggle drugs and shoot at Border Patrol agents. This is the same Mexican government that is corrupt to the core. This is the same Mexican government that uses its consular officers to sue the United States government.

"It sells out our sovereignty by forcing the American government to "consult with the Mexican government before planning or building any border fences, it encourages more widespread fraud than this country has ever seen (you'll see what we're talking about if this actually passes the House), and it is completely unenforceable and will overwhelm the system," the agents said in a statement in 2006.

"You [McCain, Kennedy, Specter, et al] have succeeded in placing the morale of frontline Border Patrol agents in the toilet just when we thought it couldn't possibly get any worse."

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