New GOP lawmaker hardly a political outsider
January 4th, 2011
07:30 PM ET
12 years ago

New GOP lawmaker hardly a political outsider

Washington (CNN) - The freshmen class of House Republicans may be filled with political outsiders, but the young new Member representing Arizona's 3rd congressional district isn't one of them.

Ben Quayle spent his early youth in the halls of Congress with his famous father, Dan.

In fact just 24 hours after getting the keys to his new House office, photos of his family in and around the Capitol are already up.

"One of the biggest pieces of advice he gave me was stick to your core principles, never apologize for them and never waiver from them. If you do that then at the end of the day you can look yourself in the eye and at the end of the day your constituents will always know where you're going to be," said Quayle during an interview in his office.

There is some karma in his location. Quayle's new congressional office was once occupied by then Congressman Al Gore who, like Quayle's dad, went on to be Vice President.

The 34 year-old Quayle may have an establishment name, but he talks and sounds like any other new GOP lawmaker, vowing to "knock the hell out of the place."

"I think that's what is needed to be done and it looks like on November 2nd that's what the Republican party really did," he said.

"We have some 87 new Republican faces here in the House and I think a lot of people got into office and got elected because a lot of people got frustrated with who was representing them and now that is going to change," said Quayle.

During his primary campaign in a crowded GOP field, Quayle aired a television ad calling President Obama the "worst president in history."

He says he still stands by that, but does give the president kudos for compromises he made with Republicans during the lame-duck Congress.

"I do like the way that he is starting to move more toward the center and getting away from the ideological bent that he was going through when he had massive majorities on the Democratic side in the House and Senate," said Quayle.

The issue that Republicans across the board vow to tackle is government spending. Like other Republicans, however, Quayle is reluctant to give specifics about what should be cut.

"We have to go through look at every agency, look at all the programs. There is a lot of duplicity within the federal government with programs which are not performing. We've got to cut those." he said

Still, he did warn that there may be cuts his constituents won't like.

"Some people are not going to be happy about it but the problems that we have in the short and the long term are too important to deal with, too important to our long term fiscal outlook to not start making those difficult decisions now," he said.

Like other newly elected Republicans, Quayle understands there are high expectations among GOP voters that the new House Republican majority delivers on its promises.

"I think that the Republican leadership has learned from the mistakes that were made by the class of 94'," said Quayle.

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  1. Snifftit

    Ben is a truly an incredulous fine upstanding young man, with a great political head on his shoulders. He will do fine and assist our other elected representatives in reining our Nation back from the dismal abyss of political subterfuge we have recently found ourselves so severely exposed to under this current Administration.

    Good luck Ben, call me!

    January 4, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Name king

    These dam hardcore no compromise nor common sense folks, that thinks every thing got to be trickled down from the rich, they are killing our country with this tax cut, spending cuts philosophy. They pile all this money on the rich then cut the demand money from the spenders and expect the rich to stay in America with their businesses and not taking them over seas where the demand markets are emerging. These repugs are distroying this country because they won't take their ideology out of the 50s and 60s.

    January 4, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |

    Bush's and Quails...will it ever end?

    January 4, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. diridi

    he is a total idiot, with no brain, what ever his dad says he does....what a pity America.....get rid of this GOP thug....America needs good guys like Obama who passed health care and Fin reg. reform...etc,,, Don't be idiots....

    January 4, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    I hope for all our sakes that he's smarter than his father. I hope he has a thick skin as well; the Son of Dan Quayle is going to be instant fodder for the late-night comics. Despite the name, he walks and talks and lies like any other incoming rep. When he shows what he wants to cut, and shows he has the guts to stand by it, I'll believe he's something different.

    January 4, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Katie

    "Ben Quayle spent his early youth in the halls of Congress with his famous father, Dan."

    Perhaps he would have been better served spending that time in a classroom. Qualye II's intellegence is about on par with his fathers.

    January 4, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Spanky McLobbyist

    This guy reminds me of George W. Bush: A clueless, no-talent rich kid who would be mopping bathroom floors for $9 right now if he hadn't born into a family of privilege...

    PS: Republicans have been making the same campaign promises for decades and never once delivered on them, don't be shocked when they fail again, and once again it's "all Clinton's... errr... I mean: all Obama's fault".

    January 4, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. Alex, MI

    The fact that Ben Quayle won his congressional race shows the pettiness of many Americans. Quayle started his race as a long shot at best, the bottom of a large pack of Republicans going for the nomination. He didn't come up with some new plan to fix our troubles or a new philosophy as to how to govern. He simply called President Obama the worst President in History and magically he was the front runner and went on to not only win the nomination but the election as well. The opposition to President Obama is like none I have ever witnessed. Those who oppose him will stop at nothing to see him go down in flames even if it means harming the Country. It is sick and ridiculous and those who fuel this kind of nonsense should be ashamed of themselves. It's fine to disagree with the President, or hope someone better runs in the next election. But to put every ounce of energy into destroying a Presidency goes against everything this country was built on.

    January 4, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Joe

    "One of the biggest pieces of advice he gave me was One of the biggest pieces of advice he gave me was stick to your core principles, never apologize for them and never waiver from them.
    Here's the extended version...

    Even if they are based on nothing more than faith and are shown to be in error. its better to stick to your guns and take the country down with you than admit you might not know everything you know or admit you may have be wrong. This is truely the Republican mentality. Facts=nothing. Belief trumps all. So enforce those beliefs on everyone else without question, we gave you a good cushy life so don't worry you won't be paying the price for most of your polcies anyway. And now that your a POLITICAN they don't apply to you anyway. So again, stick to your core principles, never apologize for them and never waiver from them.

    January 4, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |