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Capitol Quotes: July 2, 2010

“If you don’t allow politicians to redeem themselves once they make a mistake, what good are you doing?” — Todd Rathner, a member of the NRA’s board of directors, explaining his organization’s decision to endorse Sen. John McCain over J.D. Hayworth.

“They essentially run a campaign based on intimidation and implicit, implied threats.” — J.D. Hayworth, explaining that he thinks Sen. John McCain is coercing influential groups to support him.

“I think as a former commissioner and a candidate for the commission, I think I would be remiss if I didn’t look at all angles to how to protect my ratepayers.” — Barry Wong, Republican candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission who floated the idea of shutting off utility services – such as electricity – for illegal immigrants.

“Your cynical attempt to ratchet up the rhetoric over immigration to score cheap political points in a bid for office marks a new low in our state’s immigration debate.” — Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Corporation Commission candidate Barry Wong.

“It took Howard Jarvis four tries.” — Lynne Weaver, chairman of Prop. 13 Arizona, referring to the man who spearheaded the landmark California initiative. Prop. 13 Arizona failed anew to qualify for the ballot this year.

‘We all know that the majority of the people that are coming to Arizona and trespassing are now become drug mules.’ — Gov. Jan Brewer.

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