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Capitol Quotes: July 27, 2012

“If we think it may jeopardize our ability to get Hispanics elected, we will go straight to the Justice Department. And a lot of us are the ones who are called by the Justice Department.” – Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, on her concerns about the proposal to create a “top-two” primary system in Arizona.

“Anyone that is a Muslim is a threat to this country, and that’s a fact.” – Original North Phoenix Tea Party leader Wes Harris, on U.S. Sen. John McCain’s defense of State Department official Huma Abedin.

“It is extremely dangerous, and I think misguided American policy, to mix up being Muslim with being an Islamist.” – Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy, commenting on Harris’ views of Muslims.

“Do you ever recall a chairman being brought before the ethics committee for not hearing a bill? How many times has that happened?” – Sen. Linda Gray, on her reasons for dismissing an ethics complaint against Sen. Rich Crandall.

“I got robbed! Surely, she could have found another of my clients kookier than Debbie Lesko.” – Republican political consultant Constantin Querard on representing nine of the 10 lawmakers labeled as “kooks” by Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts.

“For all those years, he might as well have been functioning as a coyote himself, offering rides and transportation to the illegal immigrants his liberal policies aided in sneaking across the border.” – Alyssa Pivirotto, the spokeswoman for Wil Cardon’s campaign for U.S. Senate, on the immigration policies of Cardon’s Republican primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake.

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