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. GL

    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.

    Don't think the Democratic will not get to the bottom of this story before Nov.

    August 25, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    The people of AZ are a little off. They voted for McCain, and for this man because they recognized the last name. Sad.

    August 25, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. GL

    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.

    He and Sheronn Angle can run, but they can not hide from the American people

    August 25, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Marcus

    '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.'

    It's easy to smear other people, it's easy to make false allegations and all that... FACE IT on the other hand seems not to be Mr. Quayle's job...

    August 25, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Steve in Denver

    Oh, boy. Another dim bulb who will say anything vitriolic to get elected probably headed to Washington.

    Vote No to the party of No. Make this NOvember!

    August 25, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Charles S. Gerber

    It is really frieghtening that people would vote this evil person in. To run on degrading the President of our great country and win is unbelievable. If he is elected to Congess we as a great Nation are finished. it is really sad what has happened to the great American party the Republican Party with this election and Ron Paul and the lady in Nevada. The Democrats had better win.
    Charles S. Gerber

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    August 25, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. kmp

    If this country elects people like him this November we deserve everything they give us. I get it that people are frustrated but idiots do not make the problem better, they make them worse. Instead of being the problem help fix it instead of pulling everyone else down in your hatred and lies.

    August 25, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. McCrae

    He spoke the truth about Obama and got the nomination. No truer have been spoken about Obama than he has "destroyed more wealth than any human being in history".

    August 25, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Of all the races yesterday this is the one that shows you how stupid rethugs are.
    This guy is a fake. Fake family, fake/undocumented views of our President and they vote for him?
    I think the desert sun/air makes people dumb. Is AZ w=seeking to secede also?
    I guess the rethugs are only closeted family values if the potato(e) man's son can get elected to run for anything.

    August 25, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Pangloss

    Just what Washington needs, another lightweight.

    August 25, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. diridi

    this guy is a total idiot, and stupid idiot...........If he wins America should lose it's mind...ok....what a jerk...

    August 25, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Jared from Delaware

    People from this section of Arizona must be really, really stupid....just like Ben Quayle and his father Dan Quayle.

    Way to go AZ third congressional district, you've picked an idiot!

    August 25, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Liz the First

    Winning with 23% of the votes means 77% voted against him! hopefully, that trend will continue in the general. Arizonans couldn't be that stupid, could the..., oh, wait. yeah, they could. ; /

    August 25, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Rush Goebbels

    Nice going Dan,you have proven turnips do grow in the desert.

    August 25, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    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.
    ______________________________________________________
    Arizona voters aa well as voters across the country are familiar enough with Obama's record to discount any need for evidence that he has been the most ineffective President to ever hold that office.

    August 25, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. The Big J

    Another pea brain in a dynasty of featherweights.

    August 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Bye.

    Arizona has got to be the worst, between Quayle and McCain, and the illegal problem, don't expect to see me visiting any time soon.

    August 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Meg

    What a joke...I knew people that knew this guy when I used to live in Phoenix and he a total phoney...and no where near the family values he is preaching in his campaign.

    Wake up Arizona!

    August 25, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Sgt. USMC

    Arizona has officially proven, once again, how dumb they truly are. Please secede from my union!

    August 25, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Bob Dog

    This guy is even more of a clown than his father. Only in Arizona...

    August 25, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. me

    Quayle egg is totally right! President Obama has "divided America along racial lines in destructive ways." How dare Obama run for and > gasp < win the Presidency of the USA! Doesn't he know his place? I mean, his residency in the White House is forcing closeted bigots to attend rallies, showing their true colors. If President Obama had just kept to his proper place, the ignorant bigots could have remained anonymous. Now they have to attend protests, carrying their Obama as Hitlers signs, spouting racial slurs and absurd claims of communism, marxism, facism and any other ism you can think of. Shame on Obama for making them have to do that. Has he no shame?

    August 25, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. jake

    Anybody that votes for this pathetic little worm deserves what they get. Ben, stay home , play with your lego and leave the big job to the big boys. Your out of your league just like your father was and look at him now...nobody remember's who Dan Quayle was. Nobody cares about him and nobody cares about you. Go home..stay there.

    August 25, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Cool! We have another mindless buffoon to laugh at!

    Expect the usual poison hysterical right-wing talking points from this guy, spun into incomprehensible gibberish by is truly impressive intellect.

    August 25, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. The Unsub

    he is just a 33 year old spoiled punk whos pop was dumb as rocks!

    August 25, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Buster

    He won because he demonstrated he could tell the truth. nobummer is the worst President in the history of this country. His pathetic performance as President was helped by two anti americans like botox pelosi and prince harry reid.

    August 25, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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