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McCain Hits Hayworth's Earmarking

12:59 PM, May 27, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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One big reason why John McCain may escape the fate of other Republican incumbents this year: his opponent J.D. Hayworth's history of earmarking in Congress. A new McCain TV ad takes aim at Hayworth's votes for pork.

The narrator informs viewers that J.D. Hayworth, "described as ‘an avid earmarker,’ supported thousands of earmarks worth billions of dollars before we voted him out of office.” 

The chyron ticks off this list of earmarks that Hayworth supported:

·       $220,000 to renovate Maine Blueberry farm  (H.R. 2673, 12/8/03 )

·       $250,000 to control Maui seaweed  (H.R. 2620, 11/8/01 )

·       $5.8 million for Vermont snowmobile trail (H.R. 3, 7/29/05)

·       $300,000 to manage South Carolina manure (H.R. 4461, 10/11/00)

·       $3 million for Chicago planetarium (H.R. 2684, 10/14/99)

·       $300,000 to map the genes of Michigan chickens (H.R. 4461, 10/11/00)

·       $223 million for “Bridge to Nowhere” (H.R. 3, 7/29/05)

Hayworth's spending habits are one reason why Arizona congressman Jeff Flake is backing McCain.

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