Conservatives are giving Rep. Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, kudos for deciding to stay in the House and not vie for the Arizona Senate opening created Thursday when Sen. Jon Kyl decided to retire. "His decision to stay was a class act," said a prominent conservative.
In a statement to Whispers, Quayle simply said that having just arrived in the House, he still has a lot to do. "I have no plans to run. I'm focused on fulfilling the promises I made during my campaign," said Quayle.
Quayle's ability to raise money and his ties to the GOP establishment, aided by his father, led some to initially urge him to consider running.
He is a high-profile new member who has called on the president to follow up his State of the Union with action, especially on the deficit.
But he has also shown a lighter side. For example, in a statement on the centennial of Ronald Reagan's birthday, he recalled how the Gipper used to give him jelly beans which he found deeper meaning in as he grew older. Here's what he said:
"When I was a child, President Ronald Reagan was the nice man who gave us jelly beans when we visited the White House.
"I didn't know then, but I know it now: The jelly beans were much more than a sweet treat that he gave out as gifts. They represented the uniqueness and greatness of America — each one different and special in its own way, but collectively they blended in harmony.
"As many people have said, Reagan was the great communicator. He had the uncanny ability to lift all of us up when we were down.
"When I was a fourth grader, I remember watching his address to a nation in mourning following the Challenger tragedy. Twenty-five years later, his words have the same power: "We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God."
"Reagan also knew the importance of words and their impact when it came from the American people. This innate understanding gave birth to his Brandenburg Gate speech. His speechwriters and advisers didn't want the famous lines to be said—but he put them back in. Then, in West Berlin, Reagan uttered the line that has gone down in history "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
"Communication and words came naturally to Reagan. But his most important and lasting legacy were his actions. He shrank the scope of government. He put in place the framework for the fall of the Soviet Empire. And, most important, he rehabilitated Americans faith in our country.
"Happy birthday, Mr. President. We will strive to continue your vision and keep our shining city on the hill as bright as you envisioned."