PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth says he’s planning to run against John McCain for his U.S. Senate seat.
Hayworth told The Associated Press late Friday that he stepped down as host of his radio program on KFYI-AM, a conservative radio talk show in Phoenix. He says he wouldn’t have been able to remain host of the program while running against McCain.
Hayworth was ousted from his Congressional seat in 2007 after 12 years in office by Democrat Harry Mitchell, and has hosted the radio show for the past few years.
Hayworth says he’s not formally announcing a run for the Senate seat, but that “we’re moving forward to challenge John McCain.”
He added that he’s had a wonderful time at KFYI, but “it’s time to enter public life again.”