Is President Obama the "worst president in history"? That's what the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle claims in a new TV ad aimed at boosting his congressional bid in Arizona. Ben Quayle, running for the GOP nomination in the state's 3rd Congressional District, speaks directly to the camera in the spot, which began airing in the Phoenix area Wednesday. "Barack Obama is the worst president in history," Quayle says in the ad's opening seconds. Because of Obama, the 33-year-old says, "my generation will inherit a weakened country."
Citing "drug cartels in Mexico" and "tax cartels in D.C.," Quayle asks, "What's happened to America?" He goes on to ask voters to send him to Congress. "I love Arizona. I was raised right," he says. "Somebody has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place."
Quayle, an attorney from Scottsdale, has never held public office, and until this week, his congressional bid had gotten little notice. He has cast himself as a family man, no doubt hoping to get a boost from his famous dad.
But not all is as it appears. Quayle was photographed with a pair of kids for a recent campaign mailer, but he later had to clarify that they weren't actually his children.
And his latest ad dropped the same day Quayle was forced to admit that he used to write for a notoriously raunchy gossip blog, Dirty Scottsdale.
Quayle faces nearly a dozen other candidates in the state's Aug. 24 GOP primary.
(source, and just for giggles, a NY Times piece on the "potato" incident)