Quayle, Getting Active, Takes Sides in Primary for Kirk’s Seat
Former Vice President Dan Quayle has waded into another competitive GOP primary this week, endorsing businessman Bob Dold in the multicandidate race for Rep. Mark Kirk’s (R-Ill.) seat.“Bob is the right candidate at the right time for the Republican Party,— Quayle said in a statement from the Dold campaign.Dold is one of several candidates looking to succeed Kirk as the GOP nominee in the Feb. 2 primary, a race that includes businessman Dick Green and state Rep. Beth Coulson. Democrats have indicated that they plan to target the district, and marketing consultant Dan Seals — their 2006 and 2008 nominee — and state Rep. Julie Hamos are running for the Democratic nod next month.This is the second time that Quayle has endorsed a candidate this week. He endorsed 1996 gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne’s bid for the open New Hampshire Senate seat — another competitive, multicandidate primary in which most national GOP leaders are backing former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte. Quayle last October endorsed Todd Young (R) for Rep. Baron Hill’s (D-Ind.) seat; however, Young is related by marriage to the former vice president.