If those numbers were real, I don’t think we’d see the kind of attacks that Schweikert is leveling on Quayle – downright personal and ugly, both in mail and on TV.
As long-time readers know, I was not a Quayle supporter in the 2010 primary, but he has done a better job as a Congressman than I had anticipated. I have known Schweikert for nearly 20 years and he is doing a good job as a Congressman as well.
So we have the situation of two members facing off. That’s unfortunate, but it was avoidable.
Schweikert and his allies will say that it was avoidable because Quayle should have run in the district that he was drawn into – CD 9. That argument is a little disingenuous because when the original lines were drawn, and Schweikert’s home in Fountain Hills was in the new CD 4, he immediately put the word out that he owned a home in Scottsdale and would run there.
Ironically, it would be more accurate for Schweikert to say that CD9 was “my district” because he currently represents more of CD 9 than CD6. Quayle currently represents nearly 70% of CD 6.
Unfortunately, Schweikert’s personal attacks on Quayle, and his claim that CD 6 is “my district” make Schweikert look petty. While Schweikert and Quayle may not differ that much on issues, I am supporting Quayle because he has acted more like a statesman than Schweikert since getting elected.