“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.