Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ben Quayle Ekes Out Win In Arizona

His opponents went all out to defeat him, but political new-comer Ben Quayle seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps and become a member of Congress. The AP has declared Quayle the winner in a hotly contested race in Arizona's third congressional district to replace retiring U.S. Rep. John Shadegg. Quayle beat out a crowded field of 10 candidates with 23% of the vote. His nearest competitor, businessman Steve Moak, captured 18% of the vote. His father, former Vice President Dan Quayle, made a last minute appeal for him after he faced a barrage of attacks for once writing for a racy blog known as DirtyScottsdale under the alias Brock Landers. The third congressional district is a Republican-leaning district. A Quayle TV ad in which he labeled Barack Obama as the worst president in history drew national attention.

Perhaps the biggest news in yesterday's primaries was the influence of a person who wasn't even on the ballot in any of the states holding primaries yesterday. That would be former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She stood behind her running mate, Sen. John McCain, who handily turned back a challenge from conservative former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a candidate supported by the tea party movement. In her home state of Alaska, Palin backed a tea party activist, Joe Miller, against incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. With 84% of the votes counted, Miller is upsetting Murkowski. Miller is clinging to a narrow 2,500 vote lead. The race may not be decided for some time as absentee voting results are awaited. Murkowski had been the heavy favorite to win. Palin also waded into a tight race for the Republican nomination for Attorney General in Florida. She endorsed Pamela Bondi, who defeated Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp.


Russ said...

Too bad he fights like Dan and looks like Marilyn.

Cato said...

Nothing like the aristocratic inherited right to rule we find in America.

We need parliamentary government.

Marycatherine Barton said...

I am wondering whether each of the primary winners, was also the better funded campaigner.

Carlos F. Lam said...

What I simply don't understand is why Ben denied blogging on to begin with. My response would've been, "I blog. Who cares? If I offended anyone with my posts, I'm sorry. I won't have any time to offend anyone with blog posts when I'm a congressman because I'll be working hard for the voters of my district. Thank you."

Seriously, with U-6 unemployment in Arizona at a staggering 18.5%, there's more to worry about than some foolish blog posts.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Yeah, I agree, Carlos. He wasn't exactly blindsided by the allegation. Would-be politicians need to tread lightly when kicking old friends to the curb. They can really come back to bite you as obviously occurred in this case. Ben should have admitted it and shrugged it off, although I don't think it works as well for conservatives like Ben who do that compared to Obama's admission that he was a burn out drug user when he was in college. The media treats conservative candidates much more harshly for their past transgressions than they do liberal candidates.