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Capitol Quotes: Oct. 28, 2011

“The legislative districts are not all that bad. I got screwed over pretty well, but they drew a decent map in Mesa.” — Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa.

“If Russell loses on Nov. 8, I’m holding a press conference inside the Senate building on Nov. 9. I don’t know what it will be about, but I’ll think of something.” — Sen. Steve Gallardo on his first order of business following a potential Jerry Lewis win in the recall election over Senate President Russell Pearce.

“Who’s going to give me a better price than me? It would cost my group more to go somewhere else.” — Political consultant Constantin Querard, whose company was hired by an independent expenditure group he runs to produce mailers to benefit Senate President Russell Pearce.

“Yuma’s always had the dubious honor of being the tail on someone’s dog. … We’re now two half tails on two dogs.” — Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, on the proposed legislative and congressional maps that split Yuma in half.

“It’s the one true fix. Otherwise, we’re going to be living with this abomination for the next 10 years.” — Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, on why he wants to refer Proposition 106 back to the ballot in hopes the Legislature can draw Arizona’s new maps instead of the Independent Redistricting Commission.

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