Is KFYI's Hayworth A Candidate Or Not?
January 21, 2010 at 10:54 AM (PT)
The ARIZONA REPUBLIC's DAN NOWICKI reports that CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KFYI-A/PHOENIX afternoon host and former Congressman J.D. HAYWORTH read a statement on the air from the station's attorneys advising him not to talk about the upcoming Senate race or his possible candidacy against Sen. JOHN MCCAIN for the Republican nomination in 2010 in an appearance TODAY on fellow KFYI host BARRY YOUNG's show.
"Here's what the lawyers say," said HAYWORTH on his own show YESTERDAY about his scheduled appearance with YOUNG. "'We are comfortable with that, assuming HAYWORTH continues to make it clear that he is not running and has not made up his mind whether to run. Under any circumstances, he should refrain from discussing the MCCAIN candidacy or the Senate race on his own program.'"
MCCAIN's campaign attorneys have made a formal request to the FCC to declare HAYWORTH a "legally qualified candidate," which would open the station to equal time requests from MCCAIN and his other Republican challengers, CHRIS SIMCOX and JIM DEAKIN. The attorneys suggest that HAYWORTH has been "testing the waters" since as early as APRIL 24th, 2009.
Former ARIZONA Attorney General and KFYI-A and KTAR-A host GRANT WOODS had previously complained to the FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION about HAYWORTH being a "de facto candidate."