David Schweikert's "Goes Both Ways" Ad: Innocent Mailer or Dirty Politicking?

Congressman David Schweikert's ad saying his primary opponent, Congressman Ben Quayle, "goes both ways," presumably achieved its intended purpose -- it actually got people's attention, instead of being tossed straight in the trash.

It didn't necessary make everyone happy, as Senator Jon Kyl -- who's endorsed Quayle -- called it "what can only be described as the strangest of allusions to sexuality..."

The Schweikert campaign mailer has Quayle's photo on one side, next to the phrase, "He goes both ways..." On the other side of the mailer, it clarifies, "..on important conservative issues."

"It not only misrepresents Ben Quayle's positions on important issues, it includes what can only be described as the strangest of allusions to sexuality that have no place in a political debate," Kyl says through the Quayle campaign. "Such campaign tactics insult the voters, degrade politics and expose those who stoop to them as unworthy of high office. All Republicans and all Arizonans should join in demanding that Rep. Schweikert apologize and clean up his campaign communications."

The Arizona Republic took a look at it a few days after we posted it here, quoting Schweikert's campaign spokesman who said anyone who thinks there's something sexual in that ad "should get their minds out of the gutter."

You can read that piece here, in which two political scientists say the ad looks like Schweikert's trying to say Quayle's bisexual.

What do you think? Is that an innocent ad and everyone's minds are in the gutter, or is that some dirty politicking?

Cast your vote below:

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Matthew Hendley
Contact: Matthew Hendley