Ben Quayle, a Phoenix businessman and, more famously, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, is entering politics. The 33-year-old has joined an already crowded Republican primary for an open House seat. “I think people realize that I have to go out and prove myself," he tells the New York Times, adding that he has fond memories of Washington, even if they do include much ridicule of the family name.
Quayle hasn't voted in a local election since registering in 1997, but he spins his apparent disinterest in civic life into a positive. “I think a lot of people can see themselves in me, having gone through a period in their lives when they were focused on building their careers and were not as involved as they should be.” Already he seems the astute tactician, gently chiding his dad for outing his candidacy on Fox News. “He did go off message.”