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Capitol Quotes: Jan. 27, 2012

“We all like transparency in a general sense, but as with a lot of things, the devil is in the details.” — GOP campaign consultant Chris Baker, on whether any ethics bills introduced as a result of the Fiesta Bowl would actually be effective.

“I’ve gone through two cell phone batteries.” — Sen. Frank Antenori, R-Tucson, on the massive number of phone calls he received inquiring about his election plans after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords announced her resignation.

“I deplore that. … You need to understand what makes people tick in your district.” — Rep. Russ Jones, R-Yuma, on congressional candidates who move to districts where they have no ties or connections.

“This is something I would expect out of Congress, not the state of Arizona.” — Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction, on a proposed procedural rule to limit the state’s budget growth. Fillmore argued that since the Legislature can suspend rules, the proposal had no teeth.

“It’s just showboating and another black eye for Arizona.” — Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, on Gov. Jan Brewer arguing with President Barack Obama and pointing her finger in his face.

“There was a time I remember years ago when I stood up to a law officer who told me to shut up and I told him ‘no I don’t have to, the Constitution says I don’t.’” — Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction, on the importance of the Constitution in his life.

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