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Capitol Quotes: September 2, 2011

“This is beyond the pale. I don’t know what could have possibly gone through the minds of the Pima County Republicans when they thought this was a good idea.” — House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, on a Pima County GOP raffle for a Glock handgun, the same brand used in the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

“I think folks are still kind of unclear about who knew what, when. But he seems to be in a position of pretty senior responsibility for a really, really bad idea that went really wrong.” — Political consultant Constantin Querard, on U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke’s resignation over the Fast and Furious scandal.

“Unfortunately, it’s going to really damage the political career of a really bright rising star in Arizona.” — Lobbyist Mike Gardner, on the impact the Fast and Furious scandal may have on Dennis Burke’s political career.

“It’s Labor Day for goodness sake. Most of the people normally here are from SEIU and MoveOn.org and AFL-CIO. At least respect their holiday.” — Ann Heins, a Tempe conservative who frequently criticizes the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, on the commission’s decision to meet over Labor Day weekend.

“I don’t see anything odd about it, but you’re certainly free to interpret it however you want.” — Steve Macias, Arizona Commerce Authority board member, on the group’s conference-call meeting in which it approved CEO Don Cardon’s $1 million contract.

“Holy cow. So that’s what you need to pay someone to give our money away, huh?” — Byron Schlomach, of the Goldwater Institute, on the $300,000-a-year contract the Arizona Commerce Authority gave CEO Don Cardon.

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