Arizona House candidate Ben Quayle (R) released a controversial TV ad less than 24 hours after being linked to a racy website.
Quayle calls President Obama “the worst president in history” in a 30-second spot released Wednesday. “Somebody has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place.”
Quayle, who is running for retiring Rep. John Shadegg’s (R-Ariz.) seat, spent Tuesday clarifying his involvement with the creation of dirtyscottsdale.com, which later became thedirty.com.
"We used to party in the club scene together," site creator Nik Richie (whose real name is Hooman Karamian), told KTVK 3TV. "And go out to the bars and try to chase chicks."
Richie said Quayle wrote a column, "Brock's Chick," for the site under the pseudonym, "Brock Landers."
"He was a great writer, he had a great skill and I sent him on a mission to find the hottest chick in Scottsdale, and he succeeded," Richie said.
Quayle has emphasized family values in his campaign — even posing with two young nieces seemingly as his own daughters.
Quayle denied he wrote a column for the site. "I'm not Brock Landers," he said.
"This is a complete smear campaign," the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle told the Phoenix Fox affiliate. "Done by a smear website and pushed by some of my opponents who have been smearing me since the beginning of this campaign. I'm sick of it, I want to talk about the issues."
He declined to mention which candidates in the crowded GOP field he thought were behind the story.
Quayle said he didn't "co-found" or "create" the website and a spokesman for his campaign told The Ballot Box he didn't invest any money in it.
But he did write for the site, although he claimed then there wasn't the "racy" content it now boasts. "I did make a couple of comments on the site, to try to help drive some traffic," he said.
He said he was friends with founder Richie's ex-wife. "He told me he was starting a website and asked if I could refer him to an attorney to try and get things going so I said sure," said Quayle, who's an attorney. "So that's the extent of it."
Quayle's new TV ad might shift some of the focus away from his involvement with the site. It's airing across the 3rd district on cable and broadcast, according to a campaign spokesman, who noted the release was pre-planned and had nothing to do with the news about thedirty.com.
It will be "running for a while," the spokesman said. The primary vote is Aug. 24 — early voting started July 29 and runs through Election Day.
—Updated at 2:59 p.m.