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Capitol Quotes: June 14, 2013

“The national media doesn’t know Jan Brewer. They know the caricature. They know the picture on the tarmac. They know SB1070. But that’s about it.” — Matthew Benson, spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer, saying many people outside of Arizona have a distorted view of the governor.

“Stop badgering me. I gave you an answer. I have no comment.” — Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, when asked about a Tweet from Gov. Jan Brewer critical of an unnamed pro-life advocate.

“I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut, and I feel like I’ve been betrayed. This was not necessary, this whole process of the special session.” — Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, saying Gov. Jan Brewer overreached in calling a special session on Medicaid expansion.

“It gets to be political theater. How long would it have gone on and on and on? I don’t have a better reason than that… I just made a decision to do it that way.” — Rep. Frank Pratt, R-Casa Grande, on why he declined to answer questions on the House floor about budget bills he sponsored.

“They wasted the people’s time. They did nothing, they kept us out of the process, they kept the governor out of the process and lied to us… This was pure obstruction.” — House Minority Whip Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson, questioning the approach of Medicaid expansion opponents during the weeks leading up to the final vote.

“How you vote on this will define you for the rest of your political career, and perhaps longer.” — House Speaker Pro Tem J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, who voted against Medicaid expansion.

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