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Capitol Quotes: July 13, 2012

“They ought to just call themselves into session and go ahead and put their money where their mouth is.” — Matthew Benson, a spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer, on GOP senators who were unhappy with the governor’s proposed ballot measure on the “top-two” primary initiative because they didn’t think it went far enough.

“Both of them are utopian schemes that I think will have unforeseeable and negative consequences.” — Goldwater Institute attorney Clint Bolick, comparing the “top-two” primary initiative to Clean Elections.

“What is it, the save our party group?” — Paul Johnson, chairman of the Open Government Committee, on the Save Our Vote committee that Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery joined to fight against the “top-two” primary initiative.

“I don’t think he’s got a dishonest bone in his body.” — Former U.S. Attorney Mel McDonald explaining why he doesn’t believe a long time federal grand jury probe will yield an indictment of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“That sort of intimidation breeds copycat behavior.” — Constantin Querard, Russell Pearce’s campaign manager, on the Arizona Advocacy Network having to move a fundraiser from Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant after the establishment began receiving threats, which also happened to the Pearce campaign at the same restaurant.

“It was built wrong. It’s bad and I’ve fixed it as much as I can.” — Mark Masterson, CIO with the Arizona Department of Education, discussing the state’s computer system for tracking school districts’ finances and student achievement information.

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