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Arpaio-Hayworth Fundraiser a Preview of Future Campaigns?

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R) — two of conservatives’ favorite anti-illegal immigration firebrands and potential 2010 candidates for statewide office in Arizona — have teamed up to raise more than $100,000 as part of a holiday party being held Dec. 5.

A recent poll from Rasmussen Reports showed Arpaio leading all comers in the Arizona governor’s race, while Hayworth is in a statistcal tie with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a hypothetical primary match-up.

Both men have been coy about their intentions but any sort of electoral alliance between the two would strike fear into the hearts of centrist Republicans in the state.

Their holiday party, hosted by Arpaio at the home of GOP strategist and PR guru Jason Rose in Paradise Valley, Ariz., is raising money for Hayworth’s Freedom in Truth Trust, dedicated to helping pay off the former congressman’s legal fees. Hayworth lost his 2006 congressional race amidst questions about his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Ambramoff.

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