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Capitol Quotes: May 18, 2012

“I like politicians.” — Lobbyist Mike Gardner, on how he’s going to miss the retiring lawmakers.

“It opens the door to what I would call political corruption… We’ve got to close those doors.” — Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, on Arizona’s permissive culture of gift-giving and gift-receiving between lobbyists and elected officials.

“This truly is your anti-union bill.” — Rep. Michelle Ugenti, on her bill HB2826, which forces cities to hold their candidate elections at the same time as state and federal elections in even-numbered years.

“I just had to chuckle at the irony of the influence of money and freebies which is included in this email: free movie, free dinner, cool drinks & ice cream.” — Sen. Linda Gray, R-Glendale, upon receiving an invitation from the Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation to a film showing of a documentary that explores the influence of money in American politics.

“For all we know, (Robert) Towery was screaming bloody murder being in pain and nobody would know.” — 9th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Marsha Berzon commenting on vague log entries pertaining to a March 8 Arizona execution in which it took almost an hour and several attempts to insert a lethal intravenous line in the inmate.

“I don’t know what’s on the agenda, nor do I know if we have selected the right person at this particular time and day.” — Gov. Jan. Brewer, on the Arizona Commerce Authority’s delay in choosing a new CEO.

One comment

  1. There’s no logic in comparing Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation hosting a free dinner and educational film at ASU Tempe on June 7 to the Public versus the Big Money freebies and gifts peddled to just elected officials. Our program is promoted OPENLY and PUBLICALLY to all interested, not selectively and quietly between lobbyists and lawmakers in exchange for access and influence on policies like tax appropriations, tax cuts and tax credits that result in Big Money profits at the expense of tax payers. A better comparison for our June 7 FREE Film and Dinner at ASU Tempe would be a charitable church fish fry where the Public is invited to dine and participate, not just the church leaders who establish the doctrine.

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