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Arpaio, Hayworth making their political case at get-together

Arpaio, Hayworth making their political case at get-together

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Take two Arizonans famous for ignoring any semblance of political delicacy - Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Congressman J.D. Hayworth.

Mix them into the same political mixer.

And turn up the heat on on political positioning for next year's statewide races - with Arpaio making eyes at the governor's seat and Hayworth mulling a challenge to Sen. John McCain.

What do you get?

An event at which party host and political consultant Jason Rose didn't have to worry about how to keep the conversation flowing among fete-goers.

To be clear, the affair was not a political fund-raiser although Arpaio, who boasted last week that jail inmates enjoyed an 18-cent Thanksgiving meal, is expected to be down in the Tucson area Dec. 18 to hold a fund-raiser for Jesse Kelly, who hopes to challenge U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Instead, the Saturday event at Rose's Paradise Valley home was designed to help erase more than $140,000 in leftover legal debt for Hayworth, who had retained legal counsel to deal with an investigation by the Justice Department into his connection to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Rose said that as of Friday, more than $110,000 had been pledged to the "Freedom in Truth Trust" by partygoers.

But why remind voters about the scandal? Rose said it's no skin off Hayworth, who was not charged and hosts a radio talk show in Phoenix. "People alleged a lot of stuff but nothing was there," he said.

Hayworth has said the name of the trust comes from Scripture - all that business of about knowing the truth and it shall make you free.

While it may make you free, it comes with a price. Because it is not a political campaign account, Hayworth reminded individuals they could give up to $12,000.

Meanwhile, Arpaio demonstrated a little psychic ability Monday.

Before he went to a First Amendment forum hosted by Arizona State University's journalism school, he tweeted: "I'm looking forward to tonight at ASU but to all coming: behave properly. There is no reason to allow things to get out of hand."

Maybe he should have said "out of tune." Hecklers broke into a version of "Bohemian Rhapsody," a mock opera piece by the rock band Queen, adapting lyrics especially for Joe, who promptly (and inexplicably) donned a fuzzy Wildcat hat and a grin. The panel of journalists asking him questions was forced to stop, drowned out by the singers, who got through the entire song.

"I knew it was going to happen," Arpaio said, as he stood to leave.

Maybe he's a fortune teller after all and that's the explanation for the hat. Perhaps he was trying to say something about yesterday's game at USC.

Rodney Glassman has been busy raising his name ID all over the state for a possible U.S. Senate run.

He was in Flagstaff in early November, sharing Tucson's rainwater- and graywater-harvesting ordinances, at the invitation of the mayor.

He was in Mesa in mid-November, doing the same thing.

And there he was in Sierra Vista, just before Thanksgiving. Again with the harvesting.

So when a Facebook e-mail came through with the title "Rodney Glassman suggested you become a fan...." the first thought was maybe a fan of graywater. Or rain dances.

Think again.

"Rodney became a fan of Rodney Glassman on Facebook and suggested you become a fan too," it advises.

Rodney? Stuck on himself? Say it ain't so.

But hey, if you can't like yourself, why should anyone else?

City Councilwoman Nina Trasoff sent her last Ward 6 update Friday, saying she's looking forward to shedding the title of "politician" when Republican Steve Kozachik is sworn in Monday.

"I've never been comfortable with the designation, possibly because it has come to connote too many negatives, which is sad," she wrote. "Too much posturing. Too many special interests. Too much 'self' service."

Hunh. Opponents might say that just about describes why she lost.

Contact reporter Rhonda Bodfield at or 573-4243

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