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: