Congressman Ben Quayle to Face David Schweikert in District 6 Congressional Primary

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James King
Congressman Ben Quayle
In what comes as no surprise to anyone who keeps tabs on Arizona Congressional politics, Republican Congressman Ben Quayle announced today that he plans to run in Arizona's newly formed sixth Congressional district -- which is likely unsettling news for GOP Congressman David Schweikert, also is running in District 6.

Because of how the Independent Redistricting Commission drew up the new map of Arizona Congressional districts, Quayle lives in what is now District 9. However, as he notes in a press release announcing his plan to run in District 6, about two-thirds of his current constituents live in what is now District 6.

Schweikert, however, actually lives in District 6 -- not that it matters; the law only requires members of Congress to live in the state they represent, but not necessarily in the district.


"The House of Representatives was conceived and designed to provide local representation of the diverse communities of America. The work of Arizona's redistricting commission has placed many people in difficult positions, but at the end of the day my choice is to continue representing the people I represent today," Quayle says in his announcement. "The large majority of them are in District 6, and their values are my values."

Whoever wins a Republican primary in GOP-leaning District 6 should easily win the general election -- and elections to come -- so it's a much more attractive seat for Republican candidates than District 9, which is fairly evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.

See Quayle's complete statement below.

"The House of Representatives was conceived and designed to provide local representation of the diverse communities of America. The work of Arizona's redistricting commission has placed many people in difficult positions, but at the end of the day my choice is to continue representing the people I represent today. The large majority of them are in District 6, and their values are my values.

"It has been a privilege to get to know my constituents, both as a candidate and as their Congressman. In my initial year in Congress I have focused on maintaining my connection to them. The interactions I've had with them and the relationships we've built have enabled me to be an effective advocate and voice for the community.

"As this primary moves forward I sincerely hope we will see a campaign focused on the critical issues facing Arizona and our country. This should be a substantive race with a tone that honors our party, our nation and the voters of the 6th District.

"I ran for Congress because Washington needs real reform. We need to simplify the tax code, end unnecessary regulations and free America's creative spirit. I believe that members of Congress need to give up their gold-plated pensions and perks and share in the same sacrifice as all Americans. I believe we need to end the complacent career culture of politics in Washington and shake up the system. I believe we have a president who fundamentally misunderstands America, and an administration that has serially abused Arizona. I want to go back to Washington to fight for the state I love and the values I believe in. With the continued support of my fellow Arizonans, that's what I will do."

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Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

Fuck!  Congressman Schweikert will probably lose to Congressman Quayle (not that I like Schweikert) and that means I get Congressman Quayle as my "representative" for the foreseeable future!  Oh fucking joy!

desertflower1
desertflower1

Just so you know, he sucks! Dumb as a rock...but he CAN manage to memorize all the talking points! I suggest you attend a town hall meeting if you can....he starts stammering A LOT when the facts are presented and you push back on what he says (easy to do...everything he says is a lie). Then you get the famous,"I'll check on that and get back to you." Best of luck! Give him hell! I try and call his office to talk to his rude aides that argue with me, once a month...keeps my blood boiling and my resolve high:)
Just remember...Ben and his staff have not gotten the memo that THEY WORK FOR YOU...not the other way around.He loves to take his orders from ALEC (he's a member) and big oil.Don't forget...he thinks it's a GREAT idea to dig up the Grand Canyon to mine for uranium! I can tell that you're gonna love this guy <snark>.

The simple thing to do, would be NOT TO ELECT HIM! Save yourself the trouble...and it would keep you from getting pissed...which is assured if he's elected.
Me...I'm happy to kick his sorry ass out of here!</snark>

Bobunf
Bobunf

Why would anyone (except Daddy) vote for Quayle over Schweikert?

Vic
Vic

Because he kept his campaign promise, he went to Washington and kicked the hell out of them...........what?  Oh..... never mind.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Hey Vic, post a link to that video... I want to see it too...

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