J.D. Hayworth, the former congressman from Arizona who announced a primary bid against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) this month, is all over CPAC. Last night he hit the NRA’s pre-dinner reception, and spent every second pumping hands and making small talk. If people didn’t know who he was when they met him, they came away buzzing.
“He’s running against John McCain!” said one student in a pinstriped suit, reuniting with a friend after meeting Hayworth. “That’s awesome!” As they moved on, Hayworth moved on to Wayne LaPierre, president of the NRA, who said “Thank you” to Hayworth and chatted in full view of partygoers. At the dinner, Hayworth moved through the tables, talking to reporters and fans, and practically jumped out of his seat when the emcee, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), asked 2010 candidates to stand.
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