Ben Quayle forced to admit series of blunders in run for Congress
The son of the gaffe-prone former vice-president Dan Quayle has been forced to admit to a series of blunders in his own bid for political office.
By Nick Allen in Los Angeles
Ben Quayle, a 33-year-old lawyer who is running for Congress in Arizona, has revealed that he used to contribute to a racy website about nightlife in the Arizona city of Scottsdale.
According to Nik Richie, founder of TheDirty.com, Mr Quayle used the alias “Brock Landers,” the name of a character in Boogie Nights, a 1997 film about adult movie stars in California, to make his posts.
They are said to have included lines such as “My moral compass is so broken I can barely find the parking lot.”
Mr Quayle was also said to have boasted of his physique, comparing it to one of Michelangelo’s works in the Sistine Chapel.
The candidate said he could not recall what his posts involved, or when he made them, but admitted writing “a couple of satirical and fictional pieces for a satirical website”. He has called Mr Richie a “smut peddler.”
The controversy came a few days after Mr Quayle sent out a campaign picture showing his wife and two young girls with the words: “We are going to raise our family here.”
However, he and his wife have no children and the girls were later revealed to be his nieces, leading a campaign rival to accuse him of “renting a family”.
The political mis-steps by the younger Quayle have revived memories of gaffes by his father, who was US vice-president in the administration of President George H W Bush.
The senior Quayle was ridiculed after he failed to spell “potato” correctly when making a public appearance at a school.
His other famous gaffes included pronouncements including: “What a waste it is to lose one’s mind.” Ben The younger Mr Quayle said: “I know I have a big target on my back. Having the last name of Quayle, we’re used to being made fun of and some parody and having things that aren’t true being said about you.”
BEN UNDER ATTACK FROM BAPTIST MULLAHS:
The last three days have been a comedy of errors for Republican challenger Vernon Parker, as the self-proclaimed former Christian pastor spreads lies about fellow GOP candidate Ben Quayle. In a desperate attempt to mislead the voters of CD-3 for his own political gain, Parker claimed that Ben “rented a family.” Once Quayle defended himself and cleared his nieces’ names, Parker promised the Guardian that he would retract his statements, Parker said “Of course. If they are his nieces, of course I would.” He has yet to retract this statement publicly to his constituents and Parker was clearly not genuine in his claim as mailers and robo calls have gone out with further lies about Quayle in the last 24 hours.
Parker’s latest desperate attempt to keep himself in the news by insinuating Quayle made a derogatory remark towards Parker’s ethnicity by using the term “poster boy” backfired. Even the dictionary would disagree with the Parker campaign, defining “poster boy or poster girl” as 1. a person who appears on a poster or 2. a person who typifies or represents a particular characteristic, cause, opinion, etc: a poster girl for late motherhood. Mainstream media uses this term often, earlier this year; CBS’ Early Show used the title “Woods New “Poster Boy” of Sex Addiction?” in its coverage of Tiger Woods.
The voters of CD3 will not be fooled by the same racially motivated antics that Obama used to keep his critics at bay. The issue here is not Quayle’s use of a common English term for a symbol or standard, but rather that Parker wants to run his smear campaign for high office as “politics as usual” when the American people have clearly called for a shake-up of our current political ways.
Lets get back to the issues, Mr. Parker.