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Capitol Quotes: June 11, 2010

‘The leadership that passed this bill was not thinking religiously — they were thinking politically.’ — Sen. Paula Aboud, a Democrat from Tucson.

“S1070 tells me that I cannot help an undocumented person, when the word of God tells me that it doesn’t matter what their immigration status is.” — Luz Santiago, pastor of a Hispanic Christian church who joined a lawsuit against S1070.

“If anybody needs food or water, I am obligated as a Christian to take care of him, just like the Samaritan on the road.” — Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican who voted for S1070, explaining that he would also turn illegal immigrants over to authorities because it is not his obligation to help them avoid the law.

“I have nothing against Tom Horne, other than he was a Democrat until about five minutes before he decided to run for office as a Republican, that he’s doing his best impression of a political drag king this year, trying to pretend he’s a conservative.” — Political consultant Jason Rose on his running Twitter battle with Horne, who is campaigning against Rose’s client, Andrew Thomas, for the GOP nomination for attorney general.

“The First Amendment has always been a shield that protects the freedom of speech. Now it’s being used as a sword to actually reduce the amount of speech.” — Clean Elections Commission Executive Director Todd Lang, on the matching funds ruling.

“Either I lost the case and I got more money in my campaign, or I won the case and I got less money in my campaign. The irony is, it was going to be ironic no matter which way it turned out.” — State Treasurer Dean Martin, who joined the lawsuit against matching funds and lost at least $1.4 million in campaign funding due to his side’s victory.

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