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Capitol Quotes: Dec. 16, 2011

“What I would like to tell Washington, D.C. is why don’t you boys take care of Washington, D.C.?” — Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, reacting to news that the U.S. Department of Justice has found the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to have engaged in wide-ranging discrimination against Latinos.

“The longer the session, the more opportunities for lobbyists to cause mischief. And we do. And that’s not good governance.” — Lobbyist and former lawmaker Mike Gardner on how a shorter legislative session would make for better public policy.

“I never inhaled.” — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery on his lack of exposure to marijuana.

“I tend to get over things, so we’ll work on that. I should forgive him, so we’ll work on that.” — Former Sen. Russell Pearce, on his attitude toward Jerry Lewis, who ousted Pearce in the Nov. 8 recall election.

“We peeled the onion to its core.” — Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez, on the federal civil rights investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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