Schweikert and Quayle: Why couldn’t they both win?



By Christopher Cook


I am a big fan of BOTH Ben Quayle and David Schweikert. Yes, the campaign got fairly nasty, and that was disappointing. But both of these men are excellent congressmen.

David Schweikert is an amazing numbers guy; his grasp of the true natureof our fiscal situation is almost unmatched in Congress. He’s a freshman, and yet he understands our fiscal situation better than people who have been in Congress for decades.

Ben Quayle’s obvious reverence for liberty comes through whenever he speaks. He displays a knowledge of the core principles shared by conservatives and libertarians alike, and his passion for those principles is admirable.

I am glad to see Schweikert win, and I am saddened to see Quayle go.

At the end of the day, we can blame the Arizona “independent” redistricting process for this whole situation. In case you need a refresher, here are a few links.


There is no such thing as an “independent” process. Prop 106 took redistricting out of the hands of the people’s elected representatives and put it into a smoky back room. The process was then ripe for abuse by whoever was willing to dishonestly game the system. Surprise, surprise, that turned out to be the Democrats.

THEY created the situation that caused two incumbents to decide to run against each other. In fact, that is EXACTLY what they wanted. Thinking strategically, they looked to take out a freshman Republican incumbent, and they did it without spending a dime.

Perhaps Ben Quayle and Arizona Republicans can have the last laugh. In 2014 or 2016, there’s going to be a vulnerable Democrat somewhere in Arizona. Ben Quayle, with the goodwill of Arizonans and a broad base of support, can come back and take that seat. I hope he will.

Congratulations to David Schweikert on his win, and heartfelt thanks to Ben Quayle for his service.

Quayle statement on the primary results:

Phoenix, AZ- Ben Quayle issued the following statement reacting to the results of Tuesday night’s primary election.

“I am very grateful for the thousands of Arizonans who voted for us tonight. This has been a hard fought race. We fought for the right principles and we fought each day with honesty, integrity, and honor.

I will continue to do whatever I can to make sure true conservative leadership is working in Washington. We all need to continue to fight for the conservative cause to make sure that we keep the House, take the Senate, and take back the White House. The real battle lies ahead– for our country and the next generation.”

Source: Western Freepress


  1. Jesus Christ. I wish they both could have lost. Two terrible examples of AZ representatives. Schweikert was named in top 10 dumbest reps in the House. He speaks like a child still in high school.