May 5, 2005


Talk of Quayle run for office heats up (Mike Sunnucks, 5/02/05, The Business Journal)

The chatter regarding a possible Marilyn Quayle bid for Arizona governor next year is heating up as Republicans look to unseat Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Some top Republicans are trying to get the wife of former vice president Dan Quayle to take on Napolitano.

Speculation regarding a possible Quayle run increased in the past couple of days with former governor Fife Symington announcing he would not run against Napolitano next year.

Symington specifically mentioned Quayle as a top challenger for Napolitano.

That has fueled talk that Quayle is seriously considering a run and that Republicans may be clearing the primary field for her.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 5, 2005 9:28 PM

I live in Dan's old district and the word on the street was that Marilyn was the brains of the operation and a superb political tactician to boot. That was not a slap at Dan, who is still very popular here but a recognition that he's bright but she's brilliant. She also has a very hard, Hillary-like edge to her. She'll need to sand off some of those rough edges in order to win.

Posted by: jeff at May 5, 2005 10:15 PM

Didn't she also have a tendency to religious fruit-battery which will cost her votes among conservatively inclined, but socially liberal NY and California transplants who make up a huge percentage of Arizona residents?

Posted by: bart at May 6, 2005 12:02 PM

This is the first I've heard about this, and I live in Arizona. I didn't even know the Quayles moved here. If Quayle runs, I guarantee most Arizonans shake their heads and admit they didn't know either and don't care.

At first glance, I have to say that the Business Journal obviously knows nothing of AZ politics. They were seriously thinking Fife Symington (the CRIMINAL forced from office??????) was a contender for the nomination? Why would established GOP politicians clear the field for someone with no local clout?

The entire article is foolish.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at May 6, 2005 12:44 PM

Heyworth is the challenger to run against Napolitano.

Posted by: at May 6, 2005 5:36 PM

The Quayles have lived in Arizona pretty much since he left the Vice Presidency. Dan Quayle's grandfather was Eugene Pulliam, the longtime owner of the Arizona Republic.

I can't imagine that anyone would suggest Fife Symington for office, it's one thing to be a crook it is quite another to be a crooked and clueless doofus, which he was. He couldn't even win in Jersey City, if he were a Democrat with an Italian last name.

Posted by: bart at May 6, 2005 7:54 PM