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Capitol Quotes: August 13, 2010

“It’s virtually impossible to do.” – Republican Steve May, who is running as a write-in candidate for the House in District 17.

“I kind of liked it last time. (It was) short and sweet.” – Rep. Eric Meyer, talking about his experience as a write-in candidate in 2008.

“I am not Brock Landers.” – Congressional District 3 candidate Ben Quayle, on allegations that he co-founded a risque, sex-themed website under a pseudonym.

“I think Doug Ducey and Andrei Cherny are preparing for the next step, which for Doug Ducey I believe is preparing to be governor one day, not because they want to do the job of treasurer.” – Sen. Barbara Leff, on two of her fellow candidates for state treasurer.

“I guess I don’t rule anything out, but … I don’t think one runs to be treasurer of a state that’s on the brink of insolvency with an eye to having a launching pad for a future political career.” – State Treasurer candidate Andrei Cherny.

“I’m calling upon the governor today to amend the special session call to focus on this urgent public safety need, instead of the kind of symbolic issue which is the only reason that she’s called the legislators into session.” – Terry Goddard, urging Gov. Brewer to call a special session over prison-safety issues.

“I do not recall the attorney general requesting a special session to reverse or void the adoption of that new system.” – Paul Senseman, a spokesman for the governor, on Terry Goddard’s call for Brewer to call a special session over a prison break that freed three convicted murderers.

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