By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings
Ya know, you'd think that when his father opened up his rolodex of names of competent political campaign staffers to help his son buy his way into Congress, he'd have given his son a name (or two or three) of a competent office staffer, too.
However, based on today's news, you'd think wrong.
From the Arizona Guardian (story is behind subscription paywall, so the link is to the general site):
Congressman Ben Quayle's always been accused of being a carpetbagger of sorts but the GA's thinking this is getting a bit out of hand. It seems Congress' most famous son of an ex-vice president doesn’t even know where he serves these days. It appears that Quayle thinks he works for the good people of Illinois' sixth congressional district and actually wants to nominate the kids there to one if the country's military academies. That's right, according to Quayle's congressional website he says, "I may nominate applicants who are legally domiciled within the boundaries of the sixth District of Illinois."
Well, there's a silver lining in all this for Quayle - right now, his nicknames tend to be potato-based ("li'l spud", "potatoe chip", etc.) but those are based on something his father did, not that he did himself (hmmmm...sounds a LOT like his political career... :) ).
With this, perhaps for the first time in his life, he's earned something completely on his own.
Hereafter (or at least until his next embarrassing screwup) let Ben Quayle be known to all as
Rep. Ben Quayle (R-copy and paste).