Who is Ben Quayle, winner of the Arizona Republican primary?

Ben Quayle (far left) poses with his family and George H.W. Bush's family in 1988. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

By Melissa Bell
Despite a bumpy election road, littered with dirty Internet sites and aggressive campaign commercials, Ben Quayle secured the Republican nomination in Arizona's 3rd Congressional District yesterday.

Quayle, 33, raised more than $1.3 million to beat out eight other candidates. The district has been predominantly Republican, and many see the general election, in which Quayle will run against Democrat Jon Hulburd*, as a shoo-in for the Republican candidate.

Bearing more than a just a passing physical resemblance to his father, former vice president Dan Quayle, Quayle was dogged by a series of political gaffes during the election. Born in Indiana, Quayle moved to Arizona where he now lives with his wife, Tiffany Quayle. The couple has no children, but a campaign mailer showed Quayle hugging two girls. It read, "We are going to raise our family here." The girls were his nieces. One rival claimed Quayle rented a family.

Ben Quayle at a candidates forum on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A week after the mailer went out, another rival accused Quayle of writing on a Web site titled DirtyScottsdale.com. At first the conservative Quayle denied he had anything to do with the racy Web site, which featured photographs of women and stories about Arizona nightlife, but he later admitted he had posted comments to help the Web site's founder drive traffic to the site.

One comment attributed to Quayle read, "My moral compass is so broken I can barely find the parking lot."

Quayle said that bringing up his past involvement in the Web site was merely an attempt to smear his campaign. Quayle's father, Dan, came to his aid, writing an e-mail in defense of Quayle. "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," he wrote.

Toward the final weeks of the campaign, Quayle released a strongly worded campaign ad, calling President Obama the worst president in history and saying, "Someone has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place."

The Arizona voters seemed to think Quayle would be the one to do that job.

*This post originally stated that Quayle would run against Rep. Harry Mitchell. It has been fixed.

August 25, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  | Category:  politics
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He looks about as smart as his dad. Is he drunk?

Posted by: losthorizon10 | August 25, 2010 11:44 AM

White America will vote for anything in-bred cousin, uncle, aunt, niece of a former politian then sit back and wonder why the country experiencing economic difficulties.

This cult practice of electing off spring of former politians regardless of their accomplishment or character is why term limits are need and more medication for the doped up white folks.

Posted by: B4DarkDC | August 25, 2010 11:45 AM

PLEASE tell me this is not the best we can do for elected officials? Please!

Posted by: KBlit | August 25, 2010 11:46 AM

Both Quayles, father and son, are geniuses compared to the idiots, Biden and Obama.

Posted by: Jerzy | August 25, 2010 11:46 AM

Complete idiot like his dad. Will soon prove it on the national stage.

Posted by: robertoaguas | August 25, 2010 11:47 AM

Funny how the Dan Quayle aka Willie Horton Hatchet man is offended by the use of his son's past and his son's use of misleading advertising campaign literature.

Posted by: Hank4 | August 25, 2010 11:49 AM

Judging from the revelations about him, it isn't a stretch to say: like father, like son. Doesn't say much about those who voted for him, either.

Posted by: Diogenes | August 25, 2010 11:52 AM

Oh my*** the republicans want to take the country back instead of forward as usual. I don't believe a republican has any memory they keep wanting the same disasters in Washington,they keep voting against themselves election after election but then they also listen tho Limbaugh,Hennity and wild man Beck who should be in a mental institution so what can one expect?

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | August 25, 2010 11:52 AM

Consider a country run by the likes of Ben Quayle, Sarah Palin, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Michelle Bachmann, Sharon Angle, and Newt Gingrich. Think about it for a few minutes. Consider the long term effects on you and your family and friends. Take a deep breath. Unless you cat now, this could be the future. Now, despite the cold weather, doesn't Canada seem like a really nice alternative.

Posted by: topperale | August 25, 2010 11:56 AM

The better question is....

Who Cares!

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | August 25, 2010 12:17 PM

I say at least he is a lot better than the Kennedy siblings who do nothing for the country other than live off of papa Joe kennedy's money that was made by crooked dealings . We need to think about the truth that comes from the real history not what you have been told.
John Kennedy made his brother Bobby attorney general and got little brother Teddy elected to the senate . None of them were above reproach with the elitice affairs and the murder committed by Teddy.
A great family to look at and claim what great leaders is that right? I think not.

Posted by: jerry29 | August 25, 2010 12:17 PM

His opponent for the 3rd Congressional District seat is Jon Hulburd. Harry Mitchell is the incumbent in the 5th Congressional District.

Posted by: rdennis1 | August 25, 2010 12:21 PM

Can he spell tomatoe? Potatoe? Let's call the whole thing off?

As for the candidates' forum photo -- cynical to put an African-American face in the background?

Posted by: bs2004 | August 25, 2010 12:21 PM

Doesn't say much about those who voted for him, either.

Posted by: Diogenes | August 25, 2010 11:52 AM

Alvin Greene says hi.

Posted by: etpietro | August 25, 2010 12:26 PM

Very original. Token black guy in background.

Posted by: vztownes | August 25, 2010 12:27 PM

Who is Ben Quayle?.....one word CLOWN!

Posted by: davispayton | August 25, 2010 12:29 PM

Arizona seems like another country rather than a state. This guy has limited experience and got elected in the primary by bashing Obama which seems to be the thing in Arizona.
The apple does not fall far from its tree.

Posted by: beachbum1938 | August 25, 2010 12:29 PM

In a hereditary aristocracy, the quality of rule that one gets varies from generation to generation; some say by chance and some say according to God's plan. So even if this Quayle does the same lousy job as his father, rest assured that they'll be many more generations of them to come; sooner or later one of them will get it right. In the meantime, as "little people", we need to protect the lineage by doing our bit to keep their taxes low and by focusing especially hard on eliminating that awful "death" tax.

Posted by: seldoc1 | August 25, 2010 12:33 PM

Jerzy -

Before you call the US President an idiot, just get into Harvard and become president of the law review. Then, after that, teach law at a world class institution, and just for kicks, give up a couple of years working in your community rather than collecting the $$ usually taken by people as smart and accomplished of Obama.

We should be grateful to have such a smart and compassionate leader.

Posted by: crawfam | August 25, 2010 12:33 PM

As someone who grew up in northern Indiana, where the Quayles originially lived, I know first hand that you do not want any Quayle to represent you in Congress.

Posted by: org2 | August 25, 2010 12:35 PM

The creation of this poll would make a third grade student proud. Unfortunately, I think Melissa Bell is a bit older. Keep up the great work Melissa.

Posted by: hz9604 | August 25, 2010 12:35 PM

This guy looks goofy. He probably is.

Posted by: truth1 | August 25, 2010 12:36 PM

I just read this and I fail to understand how you would vote against your own interests. How would you fare without Social Security? How would many of the elderly fare not to mention those with disabilities. How would you and all of us fare without Medicare?
I for one will not vote for anyone associated with the Tea Party Nuts!

"First, do you believe that Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional? This seems to be the unguarded view of Colorado Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck and other Tea Party advocates of "constitutionalism." It reflects a conviction that the federal government has only those powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution -- which doesn't mention retirement insurance or health care.
This view is logically consistent -- as well as historically uninformed, morally irresponsible and politically disastrous. The Constitution, in contrast to the Articles of Confederation, granted broad power to the federal government to impose taxes and spend funds to "provide for . . . the general welfare" -- at least if Alexander Hamilton and a number of Supreme Court rulings are to be believed. In practice, Social Security abolition would push perhaps 13 million elderly Americans into destitution, blurring the line between conservative idealism and Social Darwinism."
Here is the rest of the article if you choose to read it. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/24/AR2010082405001.html?nav=hcmodule

Posted by: beachbum1938 | August 25, 2010 12:36 PM

How appropriate is the photo with another political heritage clan.

Posted by: whocares666 | August 25, 2010 12:38 PM

OMG! SNL where ARE you?

Posted by: digtalcomp | August 25, 2010 12:39 PM

OMG, based on the photo from the candidates' forum, Ben Quayle has apparently hired Charlie from "The West Wing" as his body man. Martin Sheen, eat your heart out!

Posted by: Rob_ | August 25, 2010 12:39 PM

I expect more from the journalism at the Washington Post, which is why I was shocked to see so many errors in this story. He is not running against Harry Mitchell, who is, by the way, the sitting Congressman from CD5 in AZ. He is running against John Hulburd, an AZ businessman who has also never held office. Also, he moved to AZ before he met his wife, not with her. Third, it is not Scotsdale, it is the city of Scottsdale, and that is how the website was correctly spelled. Lastly, Quayle has repeatedly expressed that he did not post under the pseudonym that that comment is attributed to. Let's get our facts straight Post writers.

Posted by: ChicaInTheDMV | August 25, 2010 12:46 PM

Who is Ben Quayle?

He's no Jack Kennedy...

Posted by: js_edit | August 25, 2010 12:52 PM

What's with his sloped-eyes and the droopy expression? He looks mentally challlenged -- like Sarah Palin's prop baby all grown up.

Posted by: JeffreyinLA | August 25, 2010 1:01 PM

I hope he is a good speller. The media is ready to jump all over him otherwise.

Posted by: edbyronadams | August 25, 2010 1:06 PM

A couple of factual corrections: Quayle is running to fill the seat of outgoing John Shadegg, not Harry Mitchell (who is running for reelection in a neighboring district and there are 10 people running in the race, not 9. Quayle got about 23% of the vote, in an election with low voter turn out, in the primary. In short, less than 5% of the voters in the district voted for Quayle. That is far from a resounding vote of confidence from "The Arizona voters" thinking Quayle is the man for the job.

Posted by: azagggie | August 25, 2010 1:07 PM

Ben Quayle is the next congressman from Arizona.

Posted by: screwjob21 | August 25, 2010 1:14 PM

The idiot Quayle has "repeatedly expressed that he did not post under the pseudonym that that comment is attributed to.” That hardly makes it true especially coming from a Quayle. Big surprise that it turns out that he lied about all that and that he did post under a fake name on some porno site called DirtyScotsdale.com. Quayle was just recently forced to admit to this lie (See “Ben Quayle admits writing for 'Dirty Scottsdale'”) http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/08/ben-quayle-denies-writing-for.html

Like father, like son and like 99% of the Party of brain dead hypocrites and bigots (AKA the GOP).

Posted by: vztownes | August 25, 2010 1:15 PM

Ben Quayle is a "beakon" of hope for rightwinguts.

He looks retarded. Or drunk. Or both.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 25, 2010 1:18 PM

No one should hold the son responsible for the misspellings of the father. We can fix misspellings but we can't fix an empty suit.

Posted by: 45upnorth | August 25, 2010 1:22 PM

If he has Dads looks and Moms brains.. he'll be fine.

Posted by: sovine08 | August 25, 2010 1:24 PM

Republicans are such a forgiving group, provided you're a Republican sinner that is. South Carolina and Nevada's Governors have mistresses, bathroom toe-tapping Sen. Craig, and now porn site blogger Quayle........what a genuine family values political party this is!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | August 25, 2010 1:27 PM

Ben Quayle said, "Someone has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place."

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Bush II beat him to the punch and pretty much fubared Wall Street and the rest of the country as well. That Quayle guy must live under a rock or something.

What we really need is some people who are going to rebuild the place.

Posted by: glenglish | August 25, 2010 1:43 PM

Who is he? Another fingernail on the blackboard for you liberals to enjoy!

Posted by: pyellman | August 25, 2010 1:45 PM

He looks like another Bobby "Patel" Jindal.

Posted by: knjincvc | August 25, 2010 1:49 PM

Just when you thought the cesspool in Congress couldn't get any dirtier, along comes Ben Quayle. He looks like a sock monkey and is probably about as smart as one. Arizona needs to secede from the union...

Posted by: heuristic77 | August 25, 2010 1:56 PM

What the hey?!

I'm embarrassed for him and his dim-witted family. They are too stupid to realize how stupid they are.

Then again, they're obviously part of a movement that is growing in this nation... The Stupidity Movement, led, of course, by the Republican Party and their Tea Bag Frankenstein Monster.

We are getting very close to Germany circa 1932.

I mean, come on. The guy is obviously an idiot.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 25, 2010 1:59 PM

He has the same vapid look of his father. Lol!

Posted by: nojunk4me | August 25, 2010 2:01 PM

Sadly for him, he appears to have his father's brain and his mother's looks.

Posted by: Jayne | August 25, 2010 2:13 PM

But he doesn't have dad's looks! He looks half-baked.

Posted by: ratperson | August 25, 2010 2:14 PM

Jerry and Jerzy need to go back on their meds before the Beckkk rally Saturday.


Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | August 25, 2010 2:33 PM

Poor liberals... hope you enjoyed the last 2 years screwing the country up.

Posted by: ryanNdc | August 25, 2010 2:33 PM

"One comment attributed to Quayle read, 'My moral compass is so broken I can barely find the parking lot."

Quayle's moral compass + money = successful career in politics

Posted by: JohnnyU2Berry | August 25, 2010 2:43 PM

B4DarkDC, I eagerly await your comments on: Kwame Kilpatrick, former Mayor of Detroit (jailed for corruption) and son of Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick; Congressman Kendrick Meek, son of former Congresswoman Carrie Meek; former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., son of former Congressman Harold Ford, Sr., and nephew of state Senator John Ford (convicted of corruption); New York Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell, IV, son of former Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (expelled for corruption). Etc etc.

Posted by: LStarr3 | August 25, 2010 2:50 PM

Sad to say but I actually live in AZ and see this incredibly stupid Ad and his face almost hourly. The fact that someone this dumb is a reflection on the State of Arizona. This guy is well liked here and his Ad stating President Obama "is the worst President ever" is exactly the level of intelligence you find here. The State is run by a Governor who does not speak proper English and Russell Pierce and "Sheriff Joe" who are the God's of HATE here. Its amazing that 3 people who HATE anyone who is not White, Rich or a hard-core Republican can get elected in a landslide. Ben Quayle is much less intelligent than his father, which tells you he is on the level of a 3rd grader! But he has plenty of people here who look up to him, wishing they were "smart like Ben"..... Just remember he is going to kick some tail when he comes to Congress...you better watch out.

Posted by: dneely57 | August 25, 2010 2:52 PM

"Posted by: Hank4 ..Funny how the Dan Quayle aka Willie Horton Hatchet man is offended by the use of his son's..."
Hank! Get back on the meds, mi amigo. It was none other than Al Gore who gave life and legs to Mr. Horton. He may not have mentioned Mr. Horton by name, but he opened the can of worms and Dukakus was forced to eat em.

So, you can lie, obfuscate and project all you want but you ARE going to be called out for what you are; a liar.

"A half truth is a whole lie"

Posted by: MDDem1 | August 25, 2010 2:56 PM

So...Arizona is clearly a red state.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 25, 2010 3:07 PM

As anyone can see from the responses here, the Republicans are the party of hate. 8)

Posted by: edbyronadams | August 25, 2010 3:15 PM

PLEASE WIN, BENdover QUAYLE. PROVE the reshlublicannots r soooo (D)esparate they would try another Stepford politician like you. WHAT an em bare assing time for the neoCONS. Dan 'Mr potato head' Stayle former vp Of Idiocy for the First Shrubbery of the untied states of kennebunkporte maine only. How about that pic... YIKES! It's the fake people!

Posted by: Mitchavery7 | August 25, 2010 3:17 PM


Posted by: JWTX | August 25, 2010 3:18 PM

Having lived thru Dan Quayle in Indiana and Washington politics, if Ben is anything like his brother, God help Arizona and the country For that matter, Arizonans need to do some deep soul searching in their attitude toward people. I spent 15 winters there, and the hate and intolerance is scary. Residents don't seem to know or care about Arizona history.

Posted by: Inddee | August 25, 2010 3:19 PM

So he's maybe not smart -- the average IQ in America is only 100 anyway.

What I want to know is: Can he spell 'potato'?

Posted by: practica1 | August 25, 2010 3:25 PM

I do not follow Arizona politics for House races but it appears that most of the posters to this story hate anything that has the word Republican associated with it. It appears that the party of hate has to be the Democrats if you read all of the comments.

Posted by: sales7 | August 25, 2010 3:30 PM

remind me why I should care about yet another in a line of career politicians who is illiterate?

In my opinion, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. If he's really about we, the people, and not just "his" people, then maybe he has a real calling.

but ordinarily jobs like this are for children of politicians that are too lazy to venture out on their own careers.

lazy spellers = lazy boy career.

Posted by: pgibson1 | August 25, 2010 4:00 PM

Dan's brother lives in Wickenburg, a cowboy and migrant territory which explains the bashobama agenda, andwhy his son ran there.

Posted by: anti1 | August 25, 2010 4:01 PM

Sarah Palin finally has a running mate. LMFAO

Posted by: htimothyjones1 | August 25, 2010 4:54 PM

WaPo can't get ANYTHING right. "Bearing more than a just a passing physical resemblance to his father, former vice president Dan Quayle..."? He looks like his mom, Marilyn, who's running in the fifth at Santa Anita.

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 25, 2010 4:56 PM

And now I can't get the theme to "Mr. Ed" out of my head...

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 25, 2010 4:58 PM

I must say that seeing Qauail bring honesty back into politics by calling Obama the worst pres in history is quite refreshing.

Posted by: tstucker1 | August 25, 2010 5:20 PM

Quayle is the product of a blathering idiot of a father and a very smart shrewd naziesque mother. It remains to be seen which he is most like. Either way he is yet another pawn of the wealthy white elite that run the GOP. I hope his bid for election goes up in smoke.

Posted by: greeenmtns | August 25, 2010 5:28 PM

'people get the kind of government they deserve.'

i look at candidates like ben quayle and wonder, what in hell could we have done to deserve this kind of torment?

Posted by: jimfilyaw | August 25, 2010 5:38 PM

to look at it another way, if elected, quayle is replacing an idiot. the net damage is zero, hopefully.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | August 25, 2010 5:46 PM

Has anyone coined the term the “Palin effect”?

These ad campaigns reek of over the top melodrama and seem specifically written with the attempt to spawn a parody.

Posted by: lthurgood1 | August 25, 2010 6:27 PM

When I saw the title "Who is Ben Quayle" I expected to see some biographical information perhaps even an short interview etc. Instead I read a superficial rehash of previous news stories and blog posts. Pathetic journalism WP!

Posted by: bidalah | August 25, 2010 6:52 PM

One thing for sure, he is "no jack Kennedy."

Posted by: maphound | August 25, 2010 7:53 PM

Qho is this little brat, who is he? that is the question.

Posted by: nelson_valderrama | August 26, 2010 12:42 AM

Who is this little not convincing brat? who is he? Because of hi father, no accomplishment on his own, what a shame republicans?

Posted by: nelson_valderrama | August 26, 2010 12:44 AM

There is so much wrong in Arizona now. However, when I looked at the votes, he won by a very, very small margin.

Posted by: paris1969 | August 26, 2010 12:48 AM

Here in Flora Duh, the Republican nominee is they guy whose company (Columbia/HCA) paid the largest fine ever ($1.7 billion) for Medicare fraud.

I know. You think I'm making this up. But it's real. Our Republicans, many of whom suffer from Alzheimer's, really chose this guy. 'Course, his opposition was a loonie who hired a gay shrink who pretended to cure gays to... wait for it.. consult on ways to make it illegal for gay couples to take in foster kids.

Florida Republicans' new motto: "For Amusement Purposes Only."

Posted by: roblimo | August 26, 2010 1:28 AM

On this showing, he's already noted as a smutmeister and public liar. His television commercial seems to have been broken into short takes so he could recite only two or three sentences at a time -- which suggests a serious memory problem. Rejoice, foes of the Republican party: in Arizona they've scraped the bottom of the barrel, and this is what they found there.

Posted by: kunino | August 26, 2010 2:25 AM

Who is ben Quayle? He is the dumb apple that fell from the dumb tree known as Dan. the latest white bigot born with a silver spoon in his mouth. That is who Ben Quayle is America. Arizona land of the ignorant maybe it is the sun that is affecting them and allowing them to vote for John Mc Cain and the likes of Quayle. Bunch of doddering fools. Ben show us your papers and spell potato for us.

Posted by: jbento | August 26, 2010 3:47 AM

So the Washington Post puts another Republican target on the wall. Your continual political slant will hopefully increase your slide in financial demise.

Posted by: ZebZ | August 26, 2010 6:54 AM

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