Ben Quayle ‘Pro-Family’ GOPer Admits to ‘Dirty’ Website Postings as ‘Brock Landers’
August 11, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Note to Ben Quayle: Either hire a new communications director, or better yet, stop lying. Quayle, son of the gaffe-prone former Vice President Dan Quayle, running for Congress, categorically denied reports yesterday, that he was a former contributor to the website Dirty Scottsdale, now TheDirty.com, known for its trashy photos of bar-hopping party girls, whose appearances are rated by readers. After Hooman Karamian, the trashy website’s founder outed Quayle as a popular former poster, writing under the alias, “Brock Landers,” a fictional porn character in the film “Boogie Nights,” Quayle suddenly remembered maybe, posting a few comments “to try to drive some traffic.” When pressed during an interview with Phoenix’s 12 News, Quayle launched into a tirade about being unfairly attacked with the facts. “This is a smear on me from a smear website being pushed by a smear campaign,” responded Quayle.
Quayle’s embarrassing disingenuousness is a case study in how NOT to handle a political campaign scandal.
“I did not have a role in founding that site,” Quayle, a lawyer who runs a small Scottsdale investment firm, told POLITICO in an interview Tuesday morning when asked whether he was one of the original contributors to the sex-themed site. “I was not involved in the site,” he said when pressed about whether he had any role.
But Karamian, who operates under the name Nik Richie told Politico a very different story.
“Richie said Quayle wrote under the alias “Brock” and launched a popular standing feature called “Brock’s Chick” in which he documented his quest to find the “hottest chick in Scottsdale.” Quayle published eight to 10 blog posts on the site over three or four months, Richie said”
Richie also said Quayle referred him to an Internet attorney to assist him with his website start up. But Quayle on Tuesday, was loathe to admit even that.
“When asked whether he introduced Richie to his law firm, Quayle said: “I don’t recall.” ‘“I know who it is,” Quayle said, referring to Richie, “but I don’t recall exactly what happened,” he said of the alleged introduction.”
Fast forward to late Tuesday through Wednesday:
“Quayle acknowledged Tuesday that he did contribute to the site in an interview with Phoenix’s 12 News.
“I just posted comments to try to drive some traffic,” [Quayle] said.
“What kind of comments?” the reporter asked.
“This is four years ago,” Quayle replied. “This is hilarious this is being brought up. … This is a smear. This is a smear on me from a smear website being pushed by a smear campaign.”‘
In response to earlier criticism that Quayle misled voters with a campaign mailer portraying the candidate as a family man alongside photos of his two nieces, his spokesperson responded that the mailer was intended to illustrate Quayle’s Republican family values.
“We are presenting Ben as a pro-family candidate because he is a pro-family candidate,” Moley said. “We are presenting him as a traditional-values candidate because he is a traditional values candidate.”
Another family values Republican exposed as a hypocrite.
Perhaps in an attempt to take the attention off of his former stint, as a trashy website poster writing under the alias of a fictional porn star, and his ham-handed attempts to lie his way out of the media flap, Quayle released today, a very strange and intense TV campaign ad attacking President Obama, as the worst president in history.