Gossip website owner causes political stir with Quayle post

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A notorious gossip website is shaking up the political world.

TheDirty.com's creator says Republican congressional candidate Ben Quayle helped launch his site and wrote a scandalous column for it.

This is the second time in two weeks Quayle has been brought into a scandal. Quayle is distancing himself from TheDirty.com.

The website targets the party crowd posting pictures of scantily-clad club-goers followed by mocking comments.

Nik Ritchie, the website’s creator, admits, “It does have sexual overtones because a lot of the people I make fun of are half-naked."

Ritchie dropped a political bomb this week by saying Quayle helped found the scandalous website in 2007. He tells 3TV, “We used to go party on the club scene together and chase chicks." That is Ritchie’s version.

Quayle, on the other hand, calls the whole thing a smear campaign but admits he knew Nik Richie and gave him some advice on starting his business.

Quayle tells 3TV, "[Ritchie] asked me to refer him to an IP lawyer and that's what I did."

That is the only thing the two seem to agree on. Ritchie says, “He guided me to the right people and helped me incorporate the business."

But Richie also says Quayle did much more than that, including writing columns under the alias Brock Landers about foxy ladies and such.

Ritchie says, “He was a great writer. He has a great skill. I sent him on a mission to find the hottest chick in Scottsdale and he succeeded."

When asked if he wrote under the name Brock Landers, Quayle answers, "No, I’m not Brock Landers."

3TV’s Jared Dillingham also asked, “You didn’t go out and search for the hottest woman in Scottsdale?” And Quayle replied, “No."

Quayle does admit to joining in on some of the chatter. “I did write a couple of comments to help drive traffic and that's it!"

Richie says The Dirty has been a huge success and he hopes his claims attract younger voters for Quayle. When asked by 3TV if he had an ax to grind, Ritchie insists, “I have no ill will against Ben. I don’t have anything bad to say about the guy. I want to vote for Ben."

3TV told Quayle that Ritchie wanted to vote for him and his response was, “I just don’t like people who put out falsehoods. That's it."

For more on Ben Quayle, visit his website.