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Capitol Quotes: July 23, 2010

“I can get re-elected on pink underwear.” – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

“If there is a finite pool across the country, we haven’t plateaued yet.” – Michael Beckel of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in U.S. politics, saying candidates across the country are raising a lot of cash despite a down economy.

“I’m reminded of the advice my old friend Sen. Bob Dole, (who) told me one time, he said, ‘Never get into a wrestling match with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.’” – U.S. Sen. John McCain, regarding criticism from GOP primary challenger J.D. Hayworth during a July 17 debate.

“It’s like a kid who loses a game and blames the referee for a bad call. It’s just whining on his part and it’s not dignified.” – Brewer advisor Chuck Coughlin on Buz Mills’ statements that he lost because of popularity boost the governor got after signing S1070.

“What we’re excited about is they battle it out in the primary (while) we get to hold our resources.” – Ruben Alonzo, Jon Hulburd’s campaign manager, referring to the 10-way Republican contest in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District. Hulburd, the lone Democratic candidate, has raised $750,000 so far in the race

“When my staff told me that I was going over to the Revolver Lounge, I thought for sure that it was a fundraiser for Pamela Gorman.” – Gov. Jan Brewer, speaking at a Politics on the Rocks event at Scottsdale’s Revolver Lounge.

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