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Capitol Quotes: April 22, 2011

“I believe that I’m the same person that I was when I first ran for the Legislature.” — Gov. Jan Brewer, on complaints that she’s not conservative enough after she vetoed several conservative bills.

“Some of the elected officials were worse than others. They’d bring their whole families and their brother-in-law and whatever.” — Former Rep. Jack Brown, on cronyism in state government before Arizona adopted the merit system for public employees.

“It’s like they all went to summer camp, and they came back with their marching orders…to attack public service employees.” — AFSCME Local 3111 President Sheri Van Horsen, on pension reform, the governor’s personnel reform plan and other Republican proposals she said target government employees.

“The fact of the matter is as a governor you have to govern. When everybody else gets to go home, I have to make sure that the trains…run properly and on time. And things that come up to me have to be able to be enacted and enforced and be effective. And we get legislation that doesn’t do that, I have no other choice.” — Gov. Jan Brewer, on her vetoes of several conservative bills.

“That’s got to be the most rude veto letter ever.” — Sen. Ron Gould, on Brewer’s scathing veto letter on his guns-on-campus bill.

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