August 25th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Quayle survives controversial campaign to win nomination

Ben Quayle won a ten-candidate race for the Republican nomination in Arizona's third congressional district on Tuesday.
Ben Quayle won a ten-candidate race for the Republican nomination in Arizona's third congressional district on Tuesday.

(CNN) - The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle is a giant step closer to coming to Washington, after winning a wild ten-candidate race for the Republican nomination in Arizona's third congressional district.

Ben Quayle's victory follows a primary campaign filled with controversy and a last minute message of support from the former vice president.

The Associated Press projected that Ben Quayle came out on top in Tuesday's primary and will face Democrat John Hulburd in November's general election. Accoring to the unofficial vote count by AP, with 100 percent of percincts reporting, Quayle captured nearly 23 percent of the ballots cast, nearly 3,000 votes ahead of Steve Moak, who was in second at 18 percent.

The ten candidates were vying to succeed retiring Republican Rep. John Shadegg, who announced in January that he would not seek a ninth term in office. Quayle will now face Phoneix lawyer and businessman John Hulburd, the Democratic nominee, in the November general election in a district that Republicans dominate.

"Given the district's strong Republican composition, the most competitive race voters will see here in 2010 was in the Republican primary," says a memo from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Two weeks ago Quayle went up with a television commercial in which he stared into the camera and solemnly declared that "Barack Obama is the worst president in history."

"He's an ideologue from a leftist bend," Quayle told CNN's John King. "I think that he's trying to take control of more parts of the private sector. He's trying to make government the answer to all the problems that we face when we should be focusing more on individual responsibility."

A few days later Quayle lined up nine reasons why, in his opinion, he believed Obama is the worst. Included on the list were the assertions that Obama has "destroyed more wealth than any human being in history" and that he has "divided America along racial lines in destructive ways." The list did not include any evidence to back up Quayle's claims.

The 33 year-old businessman and lawyer also responded to allegations that he penned regular contributions to a now defunct website called DirtyScottsdale.com. The site has since been renamed theDirty.com, but features similar content – gossip about nightlife in cities around the country. A quick glance at the website offers an endless stream of photographs of provocatively dressed women.

The site's owner, Nik Richie, wrote in an August 9 blog post that Quayle was the person behind the alias 'Brock Landers.' Quayle has admitted to writing several blog posts for the original DirtyScottsdale website, but says he is not behind the Brock Landers posts.

"I posted a few comments on a website that doesn't even exist anymore, they were innocuous and, you know, these are the types of smear campaigns that are being pushed against me about nothing," Quayle told CNN.

The former vice president, who appeared with Quayle in an early campaign commercial, fired off an e-mail to Quayle supporters Monday defending his son against attacks from opponents over the website episode.

Quayle also faced another controversy when a campaign mailer pictured him and two young girls with the words, "We are going to raise our family here." Quayle is married but he and his wife have no children. The girls in the picture were his nieces.

According to local news reports, Quayle briefly appeared late Tuesday night at the state Republican headquarters in Phoenix, giving a quick statement and then quickly departing the room as questions were shouted at him by reporters.

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(Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET)


Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Ben Quayle
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. K-FLO

    He looks like a little slime ball ... But as he says, "I was raised right" *walks off into darkness*

    August 25, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. D. Tree

    Great, another rich republican who thinks he's in some kind of Royal Family.

    I think voters have had enough with this nepotism. Mr. Quayle should find an honest job – being the son of a vice president doesn't entitle him to a job representing us.

    August 25, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Crazy Harry

    Another sad day in Arizona history.

    August 25, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Terry in Iowa

    This is truly sad. A candidate who, through his rhetoric, has proven to be ignorant, hateful and disrepectful is elected as the GOP candidate for this seat. And we wonder why nothing gets done in Washington.

    August 25, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. JOSH

    We need fresh blood in congress. He sounds like a fighter. Carry on candidate Quale.

    August 25, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. lost in Texas FOREVER

    wow I thought South Carolina was a backward state but looks like all that is coming out of Arizona lately is giving them some real competition.

    August 25, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. The Other Dale

    Y'know, it's going to be so easy for the rest of the country to say, "Oh, yeah, Arizona – that's why this clueless idiot who makes up stuff won," but we should keep in mind that a lot of people have brains and voted against him as well.

    Well, at least this way America can rest easy that a Democrat will win in November.

    Oh, yeah, Arizona. Forgot.

    August 25, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Haren

    CNN why don't you expose FOX lies to increase your rating.
    FOX news, morning show questioning about who is funding for the Mosque, but to their surprize Daily show host John Stewart gave them answer that it is none other than Soudi prince, partner of Murdoch's News corporation whose money returned by Giuliani after 9/11.
    So bottom line is It is fox news, who is funding for this Mosque.

    August 25, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    RepubliCAN'Ts will put 'anything' in office. This was a battle between 'how man' RepubliCAN'Ts??? And this is in a HEAVY RepubliCAN'T district??? And this is the BEST candidate they came up with???? Oh well – a Democrat would not have had a chance to win anyway in this 'heavily RepubliCAN'T district !

    So Americans look forward to having a QUAIL in office and sooner or later, it will all come out what this man is really about!

    August 25, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. independent minds want to know

    Dems and loons can attack the Quayles as much as they like, but it was Obama that has visited 57 states and talked about the Marine 'Corpse". Ben's opinion that Obama is a terrible president is accurate with many Americans. Until Barrack shows me that he cares for his country more than his flawed ideology, I'm with Ben.

    NOTE to the clueless: Dan Quayle read 'potatoe' from a card that was given him. The card had the word spelled incorrectly. What is Biden excuse for his off-the-cuff idiocies.

    August 25, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Bobby V

    He won after having to survive all the attacks from the media!

    August 25, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. z.lady

    The Quales had to move from Indiana to ever get elected again. These AZ folks need to really study this candidate. Can he spell?

    August 25, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. David

    AWESOME! Let's get another Quayle in the congress. Congrats to him!!!

    August 25, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Jess C

    Wow....this had me laughing out loud! This guy is all veneer and no substance. That fake ad obviously fooled most voters, but voters are easily swayed by emotions over brains. Too bad.

    August 25, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Adalbert

    The apple does not fall far from the tree.

    August 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Don Beal

    How could this guy possibly end up in Congress?

    August 25, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. gt

    out with these old politicans who have been in the house and senate for years and years... new ideas ,,,both parties...

    August 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. jay

    Another fake from Arizona, go figure.

    August 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that if he wins, Jay Leno and other will have plenty to talk about. Can they dig out the old Quayle jokes? I believe they will have a fun time updating the Quayle jokes. There is so much that this guy doesn't know like his dad.

    August 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. curious steve, boston, ma

    whoever runs as a tea party conservative independent, i will support with money and vote, to defeat the political elites.

    August 25, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Clwyd

    23%, isn't that what polls have shown that the teabuggers and right wing nut cases make up? I doubt he will get a much greater % come November! Unless Americans are dumber than I already thought they were?

    August 25, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's nice.

    Meanwhile, is this the only picture of this doofus that we have available?

    And is his father still part of the WITLESS Protection Program?!

    August 25, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. annie s

    Arizona....soon to be renamed West Carolina.

    August 25, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Dave

    Just like Angle, both are cowards and will not answer questions from peolpe who may not have the same beliefs as them. If they believe that the questions are tough, how will either survive in DC. What are we coming to??

    August 25, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. GL

    A few days later Quayle lined up nine reasons why, in his opinion, he believed Obama is the worst. Included on the list were the assertions that Obama has "destroyed more wealth than any human being in history" and that he has "divided America along racial lines in destructive ways." The list did not include any evidence to back up Quayle's claims.

    These comment along just tell you have extrem this nut is. President Obama have not been in office to do all these things the far right continue to accuse the President of doing. No the Tea Bagger have divided this country. This nut will not win in Nov.

    August 25, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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