Former Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., is not running for public office anytime soon — especially next year.
“On the political side, there’s nothing on the radar for me right now,” Quayle told CQ Roll Call in a Wednesday phone interview. “2014 is definitely not happening, but who knows what’ll happen sometime down the road.”
Quayle joined Clark Hill PLC, a Detroit-based law firm, earlier this week as senior director in its Government and Public Affairs Group. Quayle will work under Charlie Spies, a top GOP strategist who ran a major super PAC, Restore our Future, that helped GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.
Quayle lost a competitive primary last cycle against a fellow member, Rep. David Schweikert. A redrawn congressional map set the stage for the two freshman Republicans to face off against each other in one of the state's safest GOP districts.
Since then, Republicans had mentioned Quayle as top prospect to run for several offices in Arizona, including for the 9th District in 2014. But now he's ruled that out.
Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, will commute frequently between Phoenix and Washington, D.C., for his new job.