Dan Quayle comes to son Ben's defense

By Emi Kolawole
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 24, 2010; 1:35 PM

Former Indiana Senator and Vice President Dan Quayle has come to his son Ben Quayle's defense with an e-mail distributed to the junior Quayle's campaign followers.

Ben is locked in a competitive Republican primary race in Arizona's 3rd district. Politico reports that the former vice president and his wife have both sent messages defending their son against attacks by his leading challenger: businessman Steve Moak.

The senior Quayle writes, "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...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."

Moak's attacks, which include a campaign ad, center on the junior Quayle's involvement with the Web site Dirty Scottsdale. Quayle has admitted his involvement with the original site. The site has since transitioned into TheDirty.com -- a collection of less-than-family-friendly nightlife photos and commentary.

In his son's defense, the former vice president continues: "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."

Ben's mother, Marilyn Quayle, defended her son in a separate e-mail: "In a particularly despicable commercial ... [Moak] takes a quote from fictional satire and attributes it as a serious life philosophy of Ben's...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."

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