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Top quotes of 2012

JANUARY
“I don’t know who else is going to run. But I’ll tell you this…I’m willing to put my record up against anybody. So it doesn’t really matter to me.” — Former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, who resigned on Jan. 3 and ran successfully for Congress.

“All I could think was, ‘We’re going to die out on this freeway.’” — Aubry Ballard, testifying during the Jan. 5 ethics hearing about an altercation on the median of a Phoenix freeway with her then-boyfriend, Sen. Scott Bundgaard.

“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’s the simple, ‘no.’ There’s ‘ha, ha, ha, ha, no.’ There’s ‘absolutely not.’” — Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, on the responses he’s given to lawmakers proposing spending bills.

FEBRUARY
“I apologize to (Rep. David) Smith for ignoring his bill. But I promise, it won’t be the last one of his bills that I ignore.” — Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, during the Feb. 16 House Judiciary Committee hearing.

“I’d like to explain my vote, but I won’t.” — Senate President Steve Pierce, on a bill to provide tax credits to the film industry. Pierce voted “no,” and the bill narrowly passed, 16-13.

“Welcome to life.” — Rep. Michelle Ugenti responding to a college student who complained that unforeseen expenses will put more
of a financial strain on university students if they have to pay a minimum of $2,000 in tuition under HB2675.

MARCH
“God help us, amen.” — Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, delivering probably the shortest prayer on the Senate floor in recent history.

“Tell them to vote for it.” — Gov. Jan Brewer, responding to comments from a Republican lawmaker who said the legislative Democrats’ proposed budget is better than her budget plan.

“Nobody goes on a roof to steal aluminum cans.” — Rep. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, voicing his objections on March 5 to HB2395, which forces aluminum can recyclers to comply with the same requirements imposed on scrap metal dealers in an effort to reduce the theft
of copper.

APRIL
“You know what precedent would be bad? If (Patterson) comes in here and shoots somebody.” — House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, responding to GOP lawmakers’ notion that expelling Rep. Daniel Patterson from the House without an ethics hearing would set a bad precedent.

“It’s an election year. They have to go help their primary voters feel happy that they’re attacking the federal government sufficiently.” — Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, on the supporters of a measure that would demand the federal government turn over federally controlled lands to the state.

“If members chose to go that way, they have to remember that the governor will veto all our bills from now on. So she has the upper hand. She has the same clout in one pen that we have in 30.” — Sen. President Steve Pierce, commenting on the idea of Republicans negotiating a budget deal with Democrats, and perhaps later overriding a gubernatorial veto.

“They want to control women’s bodies.” — Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, on a proposal to allow employers to deny contraception coverage to workers over religious objections.

MAY
“The only people who get perfect budgets are monarchs and dictators.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, touting the fiscal year 2013 budget.

“The Republicans did not do well in redistricting. That happens. Get better organized next time.” — Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, during the debate over whether the Legislature should challenge the authority of the Independent Redistricting Commission.

“You should have been better organized before the last election. Then you wouldn’t have a superminority.” — Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, in response to Gallego.

“Nobody should be in the Legislature unless they can really afford not to be there.” — Rep. Jim Weiers, R-Phoenix, responding to criticism that lawmakers’ $24,000 salary discourages people from running for office.

JUNE
“If you can run under whatever name you want, I’m going to run as Chad Goldwater Babbitt Campbell.” — House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, commenting on the name-usage controversy of a now-kicked off the ballot House candidate who was challenging him in the new LD24.

“We both sort of come with different constituencies. I washed dishes. I used to park cars. I was a valet, parking cars at the country club he hangs out at.” — Congressman David Schweikert, speaking about GOP primary rival Congressman Ben Quayle.

JULY
“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.

“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.

AUGUST
“My bill never goes anywhere.” — Rep. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, describing his attempts to pass legislation requiring lawmakers to file disclosure statements when they vote on a bill on which they have a direct financial interest.

“If lightning strikes and Democrats win both House and the Senate, she can expect the bill on her desk within the first week.” — Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, vowing to fight to allow “Dreamers” who qualify for President Barack Obama’s new immigration policy to get a driver’s license.

“That was in regard to my allergies. Although we like the golf course community, I’ve never lived in that much grassy area.” — Darin Mitchell on his written statement that the under-the-table agreement with his campaign manager allowed him to “test drive” a home in Legislative District 13 while he ran for office there.

SEPTEMBER
“The five of us have our hands on your pocketbooks on a daily basis.” — Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump, saying Arizonans should pay more attention to the race for Corporation Commission because of its impact on how much people pay for utilities.

“Obviously, I would have to have been vindicated, which seems likely.” — Attorney General Tom Horne, on the allegations surrounding him and the impact they would have if he runs for governor in 2014.

OCTOBER
“I chased al-Qaeda and Taliban around the mountains of Afghanistan. I hunted down Fedayeen fighters in the streets of Iraq and Mosul. You know, I took on a battalion of Iraqi armor on the side of the mountain. I’m sorry I’m not a Teddy Bear.” — Sen. Frank Antenori, on his brusk approach to campaigning.

“He says ‘I’m out of the military’ and ‘I’m a no-B.S. kind of guy.’ Well, guess what? The state Legislature, in creating public policy, is not the military.” — Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, on why he disagrees with Sen. Frank Antenori’s approach.

“You could put yourself down as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club, the Donald Duck party or the Pluto party. Likewise, this is just goofy.” — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, on a provision in Proposition 121 that would allow voters and candidates to register under any party name.

NOVEMBER
“Why be coy about the obvious?” — Fred DuVal, on his likely run for governor in 2014.

“It’s absolutely ludicrous that she would entertain it and that anybody would seriously argue. This maybe could be achieved on Mars. And I’m not familiar with the Martian legal system. I like to keep an open mind on these things. I appreciate creative lawyering. But in my mind, it’s beyond the pale.” — Phoenix attorney Paul Eckstein, saying there is no chance Gov. Jan Brewer would be eligible to serve a third term.

“Shouldn’t you be counting ballots instead of sitting around eating pizza?” — A Pizza Hut employee’s alleged response when a voter registration clerk called for a delivery as the county elections staff worked late counting votes.

“Can you imagine that? When I heard that, I thought it was just pretty rude… Just sell pizza, don’t get into the elections process, especially if you don’t know what you’re talking about.” — Yvonne Reed, Maricopa County elections spokeswoman, saying the comment from a pizza clerk wasn’t appreciated.

DECEMBER
“I do not see anything good of a massive arms race on our college campuses or, God forbid, on our elementary schools. There’s no good that’s going to come of that.” — Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, saying he opposes an advocacy group’s plan to allow guns in Arizona schools.

“Obviously, there are people who continue to believe that the president is not a citizen or whatever. But even if you believed that — and I don’t — it is politically stupid to say it.’’ — Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, on three Arizona electors who questioned the validity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

“So I’m a Tea Party puppet to the Democrats. (And) I’m a Democrat puppet to the Republicans. I’m a man with no party. I think that’s an independent.” — Departing Sen. Jerry Lewis, a Mesa Republican, on his role as a moderate in a divided Legislature.

“I see absolute joy on the faces of these patients. They don’t have to worry about where they will get their medicine anymore.” — Bill Myer, one of the owners of the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary, shortly after it opened its doors for business.

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