Dan Quayle Defends Son at 11th Hour
Calls 'assault' on Ben 'ugly'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2010 6:41 AM CDT
Republican Ben Quayle campaigns, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Matt York)

(Newser) – And at the 11th hour, dad chimed in. Dan Quayle sent an email to his son's campaign supporters on the eve of today's 10-way GOP primary election, a last-ditch email pitch defending Ben against allegations that he wrote for a raunchy sex site. Firing back at leading opponent Steve Moak, who has played up Ben's links to the site in campaign ads, Dan wrote, "With the recent turn of events, I cannot in good conscience remain silent."

"I took my fair share of outrageous slams in politics but Steve Moak's vicious smear against my son is over the top and unprecedented. I have never in my 35 years of politics seen such an ugly, slanderous assault in the closing days of a campaign against a fellow Republican." Ben has admitted to writing for the blog a few years ago, but denies he wrote under the name "Brock Landers," the fictional porn star from Boogie Nights, reports Politico. We'll see if it helps. Today's race for Rep. John Shadegg's seat in Arizona's 3rd District promises to be crowded and ugly. Click here for more.