Whether Vernon Parker's assertion that the term "national poster boy" is racist warranted a response, the Quayle campaign is offering one.
We contacted the campaign earlier today to see if it wished to respond to the charges made by Parker. Nobody immediately got back to us.
Since our last post about "boy-gate," though, the Quayle campaign issued a statement, which you can read, in it's entirety, after the jump.
More desperation leads to latest Parker gaffe
Phoenix, Ariz. (August 6, 2010) - The Ben Quayle campaign released the following statement:
"Vernon Parker's latest desperate attempt to keep himself in the news by insinuating Ben Quayle made a derogatory remark towards Parker's ethnicity by using the term "poster boy" backfired. Even the dictionary would disagree with the Parker campaign, defining "poster boy or poster girl" as 1. a person who appears on a poster or 2. a person who typifies or represents a particular characteristic, cause, opinion, etc: a poster girl for late motherhood. Mainstream media uses this term often, earlier this year; CBS' Early Show used the title "Woods New "Poster Boy" of Sex Addiction?" in its coverage of Tiger Woods.
Even local media are tired of the antics.
His desire to change the subject and his own fixation on race are understandable, but this is not the time for him to make ridiculous accusations. It is a time to answer serious questions. He based his pursuit of millions of dollars in government contracts on his ethnicity, seeking lucrative payments to minority owned businesses. He collected a lot of taxpayer money for doing little or no work, before being found by the Small Business Administration to have lied in his effort to gain the contracts and investigated.
The issue here is not Quayle's use of a common English term for a symbol or standard, but rather that Parker wants to run his smear campaign for high office as "politics as usual" when the American people have clearly called for a shake-up of our current political ways."