Ben Quayle’s Potemkin Family ?

Ben Quayle, son of former Vice-President Dan Quayle and candidate for Congress in Arizona, is taking some heat for a campaign mailer:

Arizona Republican congressional candidate Ben Quayle recently sent out two mailers with pictures of him playing with two girls who appear to be his daughters.

Only problem: Quayle, 33, and his wife Tiffany have no children.

One of the mailers shows Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, holding one of the girls in his right arm while facing the other girl, who is sitting at a table.

Under Quayle’s name is the slogan “A New Generation,” along with a quote from Quayle: “My roots in Arizona run deep. My grandparents and great grandparents lived in this district. My parents and all of my siblings live in this district. Tiffany and I live in this district and are going to raise our family here.”

The second mailer focuses on Quayle’s opposition to abortion rights and features a picture of the same two girls.

Neither mailer says the two girls are Quayle’s daughters, but they also don’t identify the children.

Honestly, I think this is much ado about nothing. Yea, the picture of Quayle with the children might lead voters to think they’re his children (it turns out they are his nieces) but he doesn’t say that are, and the statement “going to raise are family here.” isn’t really deceptive is it ?

I’m not sure where Quayle stands in the polls here, but this hardly disqualifies him.

Here’s the mailer in question:

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  1. reid says:

    It’s PR gone out of control and I wouldn’t have done it, but no, not a huge error.  Running for congress with the last name Quayle, now that’s an error!
    I actually kind of liked his pop back in the day and was sympathetic over all of the grief he got.  He didn’t seem like a mean politician.  I was in college and didn’t pay much attention at the time, though, and I’m sure I would highly disagree with the family’s stands on issues.

  2. Franklin says:

    “going to raise are family here.”
    If he really wrote this, he obviously got his spelling proficiency from his old man.

  3. Franklin says:

    Also, I thought that Cheney shot Quayle, or am I getting mixed up?

  4. DC Loser says:

    Or maybe he just likes young girls?

  5. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Some of the comments here are just plain slime nasty.  Name all 57 states.

  6. reid says:

    That “57 state” thing (I’m assuming a reference to Obama saying it) is absolutely stupid.  Maybe even moreso than “birth certificate” stupid.  A coworker brought that up at the time, implying Obama is so dumb he doesn’t know how many states there are.  Clearly (if you’re not a frothing wingnut) he was tired and just misspoke.

  7. MarkedMan says:

    Substantively, this seems much ado about nothing.  Probably a political error though, as it gives his opponents something negative to jeer about.

  8. Franklin says:

    For the record, I was trying to be a bit funny with both of my comments (the “are family” one is actually just a minor copy/paste error by Doug).
    And also for the record, who cares if it’s his nieces rather than own daughters?  It’s so dumb I just had to make some jokes.

  9. An Interested Party says:

    “Some of the comments here are just plain slime nasty.”

    Written by a true expert/practitioner of slime and nasty, considering this loon’s comments on the post about the politics of the California Gay Marriage decision…