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Capitol Quotes: Oct. 8, 2010

“I sat down next to a woman at a coffee shop recently who was excited because her pet parrot had returned after having escaped. The woman said that the parrot obviously was not comfortable with freedom and wanted to come home to be taken care of. It was the first time I had ever heard of a Democrat parrot.” — Roy Miller, a founder of the Goldwater Institute.

“I’m not a Blue Dog Democrat. Yes, I tend to be one of the fiscal hawks in Congress, but that’s my choice, not because I’ve joined a group that says that’s the way to be.” — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, disputing the accuracy of political labels.

“You have sort of a two- or three-ring circus going on here.” — Pinal County Attorney James Walsh, on contradictory rulings from two Superior Court judges on the constitutionality of a law enacting stricter standards on expert witness testimony.

“According to you, if there was a hypothetical race between Thomas Jefferson, Democrat, and Lindsay Lohan, Republican, I could not endorse Jefferson over Lohan.” — Woods, on a Maricopa County GOP rule that precinct committeemen cannot endorse non-Republicans.

“I am disappointed that I won’t be able to vote on your important resolutions on ‘issues’ such as secession from the union and the never-ending pursuit of the president’s birth certificate, but I will get over it.” — Former Attorney General Grant Woods, in a letter to Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rob Haney over an Oct. 7 vote to strip him of his voting rights at the county party for his endorsement of Democrat Felecia Rotellini.

“I thought it was said very well today that when you ask him what time it is, he explains to you how to make a watch.” — Arizona GOP Chairman Randy Pullen, on Terry Goddard.

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