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Dan Quayle comes to son Ben's defense


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Former Indiana Senator and Vice President Dan Quayle has come to his son Ben Quayle's defense with an e-mail distributed to the junior Quayle's campaign followers.

Ben is locked in a competitive Republican primary race in Arizona's 3rd district. Politico reports that the former vice president and his wife have both sent messages defending their son against attacks by his leading challenger: businessman Steve Moak.

The senior Quayle writes, "I took my fair share of outrageous slams in politics, but Steve Moak's vicious smear against my son is over the top and unprecedented...I have never in my 35 years of politics seen such an ugly, slanderous assault in the closing days of a campaign against a fellow Republican."

Moak's attacks, which include a campaign ad, center on the junior Quayle's involvement with the Web site Dirty Scottsdale. Quayle has admitted his involvement with the original site. The site has since transitioned into TheDirty.com -- a collection of less-than-family-friendly nightlife photos and commentary.

In his son's defense, the former vice president continues: "Ben made a satirical, fictional posting on a blog three or four years ago commenting on night life in Scottsdale. That blog no longer exists. Ben had absolutely nothing to do with the vulgar website mentioned in the ad created and aired by Steve Moak."

Ben's mother, Marilyn Quayle, defended her son in a separate e-mail: "In a particularly despicable commercial ... [Moak] takes a quote from fictional satire and attributes it as a serious life philosophy of Ben's...He also wrongly asserts that Ben has written for a particularly vulgar website. In the 35 years that I have been involved in Republican politics, I have never seen a Republican try to personally destroy another Republican in this way."

Read the full report at Politico.com.

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Comments

I always love to see a Republican circular firing squad.

Posted by: plchouinard | August 25, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Read this strange story about J.D. Hayworth and a consulting company he once worked with:

http://proposition13.blogspot.com/2010/08/j-d-hayworth-and-fields-consulting.html

Posted by: HitEleven | August 25, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Another cracked Quayle egg.

Posted by: seadoc777 | August 25, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

***Congratulations Ben*** - I (~Kimber Fritz), and my "bitter clingin" friends, are still hangin-on to our God and our guns....and we're expecting you to go to Washington now, and stop Obama's "CLOWARD & PIVEN" strategy!!!!! -- google: "CLOWARD & PIVEN" -- good luck ben! ~kimber

Posted by: EKU1976 | August 25, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

mrtee2 I bet he can spell better than Obama can count. He said he had been to all 57 states in the union. Humm..... And this guy is President. Scary isn't it?

Posted by: greatgran1 | August 24, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Apparently there is one cultural holdover from British domination of America that we have never been able to throw off: upper class twits.

Posted by: revbobbylee | August 24, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

This would be the Ben Quayle that is running "family values" ads with rented children?

Or, maybe they really are his kids... just not by the woman he married.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | August 24, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Dan Quayle might not be the best person to speak in his son's defense on this one. I recall his trip to South America while Vice President. He delayed others by stopping to buy an anatomically correct doll as his souvenir of the trip.

Posted by: esch | August 24, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I think "Murphy Brown" needs to investigate this and present the facts. LOL LOL LOL

Posted by: ernie2319 | August 24, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

can he spell potatoe?

Posted by: mrtee2 | August 24, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Ben sounds like a fine young man and he denied blogging on that website. He said clearly and distinctly he did not but what if he had. Is this not a free country anymore? Moak sounds down right cheesy. We think the world of the Quayle family. Keep campaigning Ben. The public can be deceived some but not always. The sediment usually settles to the bottom.

Posted by: greatgran1 | August 24, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"In the 35 years that I have been involved in Republican politics, I have never seen a Republican try to personally destroy another Republican in this way." It's true. Repubes usually reserve their vile,disgusting,false, vicious and slanderous attacks for anyone who doesn't concur with their bizarre brand of "reality," not their fellow liars, cheats, swindlers, warmongers, demogogues, homophobes, racists, etc.

Posted by: waynekelley | August 24, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Read this strange story about how Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Perry is trying to appeal to moderates:

http://proposition13.blogspot.com/2010/08/rick-perry-and-cooper-consulting.html

Posted by: HitEleven | August 24, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: buckwheaton1 | August 24, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Since this is on The President Obama blog, what is President Obama's comment on this pressing issue?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 24, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Since this is on The President Obama blog, what is President Obama's comment on this pressing issue?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 24, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"I took my fair share of outrageous slams in politics, but Steve Moak's vicious smear against my son is over the top and unprecedented...My son's been wacking off for years, he likes to write porn and he still sleeps around with anything that moves"

Bennie Lied about being a writer for the magizine, presented children not his as his own, and basically revealed his own true nature.
no wonder he's a quayle

Posted by: newagent99 | August 24, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Dan Quayle attended Primate Education at the local Zoo. In the mirror test he was unable to identify self. .........

http://thefiresidepost.com/2010/08/24/inside-the-minds-of-rednecks-and-consequences/

Posted by: glclark4750 | August 24, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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