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Capitol Quotes: Sept. 17, 2010

“Jonathan Hulburd’s wife won’t give him the amount of money it would take for him to beat Ben Quayle.” — Sean Noble, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. John Shadegg, referring to Hulburd’s wife, whose family owns household products giant S.C. Johnson.

“I think that radio ad was sort of a nice little PR stunt.” — Congressional candidate Ben Quayle, on a campaign ad his Democratic opponent, Jon Hulburd, ran on a Christian radio station.

“It’s pretty tough to get a lot of Christian voters over to your side if you’re holding a pro-choice position.” — GOP consultant Constantin Querard, on Democrat Jon Hulburd’s appeal for Christian voters to choose him over Republican Ben Quayle.

“We would’ve been in the Supreme Court very quickly.” — GOP attorney Lee Miller, on a judge’s ruling that he would have kicked a Green Party write-in candidate off the ballot if the candidate hadn’t withdrawn from the race first.

“I wasn’t trying to irritate him, but he sure got irritated.” — Attorney Paul Eckstein, on former Rep. Steve May’s hostile tone on the witness stand during a Superior Court hearing on a slate of Green Party write-in candidates.

‘Probably.’ — Steve May, on whether he was drunk when he was pulled over by Tempe police on his Segway.

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