Remember Dan Quayle, the easily-confused former Vice President and heir to one of Arizona’s largest fortunes? Well, it looks like local political cartoonists better start sharpening their pencils because there’s a new Quayle in town.
Politico is reporting that Dan Quayle’s son, Ben (pictured at the unveiling of his father’s VP bust) has jumped into the race to replace retiring AZ Representative, John Shadegg. According to reports, the younger Quayle already has an impressive list of donors, including former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, former Phoenix Suns owner, Jerry Colangelo and part owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jeffrey Moorad.
As the great-grandson of newspaper magnate, Eugene C. Pulliam, Ben Quayle is a scion of one of Arizona’s wealthiest families. However, there is no mention of whether he inheireted his father’s gift of gab. A sort of precursor to George W. Bush, the elder Quayle’s most famous flubs include misspelling the word “potato” at a grade-school spelling bee, and declaring, ”I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.”