Okay, whoever’s running against Quayle. It’s go time.

25 May 2011 10:10 pm
Posted by: Donna

I’ve heard some Dem names floated for running in CD3 (or whatever it will be next year) but no one’s filed yet. Last night’s result in NY26’s special election is a game changer, for sure. Pundits across the country have mentioned that the Democrat won the race in a district so heavily GOP that no Democrat has won in decades and, more astonishingly, in one of a few areas in New York carried by Carl Paladino in the 2010 gubernatorial race.

Carl Paladino who sent pornographic emails featuring bestiality to bunch of people a time or two. That Carl Paladino.

Which brings me to Ben Quayle and CD3. Remember how in the far off yesteryear of 2010 some of us naively thought that Quayle being revealed to be “Brock Landers” of Dirty Scottsdale would be his downfall in the election? Ah, those were innocent times, my lambs. It turned out that being exposed for composing turgid Penthouse Forum style fiction for a scuzzy website and then lying about your involvement, badly, was no impediment to becoming a Congressman in Arizona. Nor was running possibly the most awkward campaign ad ever, wherein the trust fund baby son of a former Vice President promised to “knock the hell out of” Washington, DC. But I digress.

Perspective: The Congressional district won by the bestiality email sender Republican guy was lost by a Republican who agreed with Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to gut Medicare. This is what the Democrat campaigned on, in one of the toughest districts for Dems in the country. To recap: Bestiality emails were not a problem for the majority of voters in NY26. But indicating that you were okay with messing with Medicare was the bridge too far for them. What can we learn about this here in AZ3?

Ben Quayle held a town hall recently where he endorsed Ryan’s Medicare plan. Oh dear. Supposedly he told the audience that if you are over age 55 you shouldn’t be concerned about the changes to Medicare because they won’t affect you! Keep talking, Brock.


  1. Comment by Bill on May 26, 2011 11:54 am

    The major problem is how slowly our redistricting process is unfolding. No one wants to commit to the race without having a general idea of what the lines will look like. Independent redistricting is fine, but why so slow? Iowa has independent redistricting and they adopted their congressional and legislative lines a month ago!

  2. Comment by John on May 26, 2011 12:56 pm

    I recently sent an email to Congressman Quayle expressing my concern with the Ryan budget. The money quote to me in his response: “When younger generations reach retirement, Medicare will provide a Medicare payment and a list of guaranteed coverage options from which recipients can choose a plan that best suits their needs.” What a boon for the insurance companies! I’ll keep reminding my friends that he must be defeated.

  3. Comment by mike doughty on May 26, 2011 8:07 pm

    The wingnuts instantly call any mention of tax increases on the wealthy as “class warfare”. Sticking it to those under 55 in the Ryan plan is the ultimate “class warfare” IMHO.

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