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Former Vice President Dan Quayle Calls Attacks Against His Son, Ben Quayle, 'Ugly' And 'Slanderous'

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/24/10 01:22 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

Opponents of Ben Quayle, Republican candidate for Arizona's 3rd Congressional District, watch out, he just went there! (He called mommy and daddy.)

Quayle has been consistently plagued by reports that he may have been part of the content creation team behind scandalous gossip website TheDirty.com. Charges that he had actually written salacious comments for the site under the pseudonym "Brock Landers," the name of a fictional porn star in the movie "Boogie Nights," have now made it into an 11th hour attack ad released by opponent Steve Moak over the weekend, a spot that attributes words written by "Landers" directly to Quayle. Quayle has repeatedly rejected any connection to the postings, and now he's getting reinforcement from his parents.

"With the recent turn of events, I cannot in good conscience remain silent," Ben Quayle's father, former Vice President Dan Quayle wrote in an email, Politico reports.

"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," Quayle continued. "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."

Quayle goes on to explain that his son's connection to the "Dirty" chain of websites was limited to a few introductory remarks made on "Dirty Scottsdale," a precursor to TheDirty.com that has since been retired.

"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," the elder Quayle wrote.

And if dad's word isn't good enough, Quayle's mom, Marilyn Quayle, drafted her own email defending her son.

Politico provides the text:

"In a particularly despicable commercial...[Moak] takes a quote from fictional satire and attributes it as a serious life philosophy of Ben's," she wrote. "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."

Here are some more things you should know about Ben Quayle:

He's The Son Of Former Vice President Dan Quayle
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P-O-T-A-T-O-E. Enough said? Well, no, actually. Ben Quayle's high-profile last name and political connections have helped him raise more than $1.1 million. Only one other candidate in the race has raised more than $300,000.

Politico reports on the role that the senior Quayle and his political lineage have played in the campaign:

In the six months since he launched his campaign, Quayle has raked in more than $1.1 million in donations, including thousands from Cabinet members and heavyweights from the first Bush administration. Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, hosted a fundraiser for Quayle in May at their Houston home.

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And Quayle is quick to use his political pedigree as a credential. “I believe that my experience in the private sector and also my past experience being around Washington, knowing how Washington works, knowing how to get things done there — and avoid the pitfalls that some people fall into there, believing that echo chamber that is Washington, D.C. — that background is unique, and it will serve me well as a congressman,” he said.



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