Former Vice President Quayle backs Paton in CD1

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Former state Sen. Jonathan Paton By Jennifer Thomas Former state Sen. Jonathan Paton By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Former Vice President Dan Quayle jumped into political race for Arizona's Congressional District 1 on Monday by endorsing former state Sen. Jonathan Paton for the Republican nomination.

In making his pick, Quayle called Paton a "serious conservative who will work hard to repeal Obamacare, reduce our debt, and secure our border."

It's the second big-named endorsement Paton has snagged recently. Gov. Jan Brewer announced she was supporting the Tucson-area Republican and Iraqi war veteran.

Paton is battling to carry the GOP colors into the general election in the fall, but first he has to defeat the three other Republican candidates running against him.

They are Patrick Gatti, Gaither Martin and Douglas Wade. Paton ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010. Although he was one of the favorites to win that year, he lost in the primary to Jesse Kelly.

The Republican winner will move on to face the Democratic nominee. In that race, former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick is competing against Wenona Benally Baldenegro.