Ben Quayle campaign in Arizona dogfight
As the vice presidential candidate in 1988 and 1992, Dan Quayle has seen some tough campaigns and weathered many an attack. But thats nothing compared to what his son, Benjamin, is going through.
Ben Quayle, a U.S. representative in Arizona, is in one of the few primaries where two sitting congressmen face each other due to redistricting. And Ronald Reagans 11th Commandment – Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican – is being willfully ignored.
U.S. Sen. John McCain – no stranger to rough politics – endorsed Quayle recently and called out his opponent, David Schweikert, for a mailer that read Ben Quayle goes both ways, a phrase that could easily be interpreted to refer to his opponents sexual orientation. The other side of the mailer explains that the complaint is that Quayle goes both ways on conservative issues.
This is not appropriate, McCain said. This crosses the boundary of decent political dialogue and discourse. This is not something that is acceptable at all.
The Schweikert campaign, naturally, was shocked – shocked! – that anyone would think the mailer had a sexual connotation.
The bottom line is that the Quayle campaign is desperate and trying anything to change the direction of a race they know they are losing badly, Schweikerts spokesman said.
Arizonas presidential primary was in February; congressional primaries will be Aug. 28 – not a day too soon.