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Capitol Quotes: September 16, 2011

“We have been ignored over and over and over again when it comes to presidential primary politics.” — Lobbyist and consultant Doug Cole, on the minimal role Arizona usually plays in the presidential primary process.

“I think the stage is set for Arizona to have a more significant role than it’s ever had before.” — Republican consultant Nathan Sproul, on the role he expects Arizona to have in the GOP nomination process for president.

“If you win you lose, if you lose you’re dead.” — Former Maricopa County Attorney Chief Deputy Phil MacDonnell describing the pitfalls of prosecuting public officials during his testimony in the state bar disciplinary proceedings against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two former prosecutors.

“In doing his job, Mr. Thomas was confronted with obstruction and stonewalling.” — Donald Wilson, Andrew Thomas’ defense attorney, on the obstacles that forced him to pursue a federal racketeering lawsuit against judges and county supervisors.

“First the dispute, then the retaliation.” —State Bar Independent Counsel John Gleason on the pattern former County Attorney Andrew Thomas allegedly used with his enemies.

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