David Schwartz takes a look at the latest Quayle seeking to go to Washington.
Ben Quayle knows how to spell potato.
The son of former vice president Dan Quayle also knows that his famous last name is a double-edged sword when running for elected office.
“You get name recognition right off the bat,” said Quayle, vying to represent the Third Congressional District in Arizona. “It also opens you up to more scrutiny and immediate ridicule. Some people enjoy picking on Quayle again.”
In his first run for office, the 33-year-old is regarded as the front-runner when voters in his Republican-heavy district go to the polls Nov. 2 to replace veteran GOP Rep. John Shadegg. Quayle faces Democrat Jon Hulburd.
Quayle, whose father served under senior President George Bush, is courting voters on the campaign trail with many of the same themes resonating throughout the United States this election cycle.
Photo credit: Reuters/Enrique Castro-Mendivil (potatoes in Peru)
Voters will elect 435 members of the House of Representatives and fill 37 of the 100 seats in the Senate in the election on November 2.