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Quotes of the year

“We’ll never change the (Redskins) name. It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use all caps.” — NFL Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

“This is my jail. I’m dead serious. ... I make every final call in this jail ... and nothing go [sic] past me, everything come to me.” — Wire tap of Tavon Martin, Black Guerrilla family gang leader in the state-run Baltimore jail.

“This is a positive development.” — Gov. Martin O’Malley describing the FBI’s Baltimore Jail bust and arrest of more than two dozen corrupt guards and inmates.

“We ask that you stop running around the country, running for president. Get back into your office and take responsibility for the office of which you have been elected.” — House Republican Nic Kipke criticizing O’Malley for the Baltimore jail scandal.

“I tried to copy Earl Weaver. I think it was my first week of managing in New York and I came out to home plate, started arguing with the umpire, kicking dirt around. And they threw me out and said, ‘We ain’t taking Earl Weaver crap here.’” — Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson.

“Well none of my guys [players] could ‘cause they can’t score.” — Davey Johnson when asked why his players don’t date porn stars.

“When a perpetrator comes into my house I want my gun to look scary” — Del. Kathy Afzali on why she opposed a ban on assault weapons.

“I accept full responsibility because it happened on my watch. Even though the consultants said it was the responsibility of the designers, the architects and the engineers. I’m the county executive, I accept responsibility.” — Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett on the defective Silver Spring Transit Center.

“I’m not going in there to get re-elected in four years. I’m going in there to blow the doors off the place and bring about strong meaningful reform.” — Gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur.

“Unfortunately, your governor has made Maryland the Tax and Fee state, where businesses and families are paying some of the highest taxes in America. ... We pray for rain in Texas, you tax it.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry during his Maryland visit.

“Quick open this before the NSA does!” — ACLU mailer.

“There’s no doubt about it, we made a mistake. But quite frankly some women’s bodies just don’t work for it [Lululemon see-through yoga pants]. It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there.” — Lululemon founder Chip Wilson explaining the recall of yoga pants shortly before his comments forced his resignation from the company.

“There is some logic for the FBI [HQ] going to Prince George’s because that’s where they’ll find the people they have to pack up.” — Gerald Gordon, Fairfax County Economic Development president.

“Commissioner Gray is a nice fellow, but he’s a sneaky, snide little man. He always has been. He will backstab you in a New York second.” — Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young on fellow Commissioner David Gray.

“This is our house. Let’s protect it. Let’s send a Prince Georgian down to Annapolis to be the governor. Let’s send a Prince Georgian down to put his name on the budget. Let’s send a Prince Georgian down to put his name on the legislative priorities.” — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s Oct. 21 speech at a P.G. Co. political breakfast.

“Michael Beatty got an $88 million tax break and all I got was this damn T-shirt.” — T-shirts on protesters against Baltimore city tax breaks for new Harbor Point project.

“We’ve done everything we can. We’ve done a lot to minimize risk, and we need to maintain flexibility to respond to any unforeseen consequences. ...” — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, six months before Maryland’s Obamacare website crashed.

“The bottom line is the [health care] act is a monster. It tries to solve too many problems in one bill that’s thicker than the IRS code.” — Former state Sen. Frank Kelly on Obamacare.

“So, it’s not a termination or a cancellation. What we’re really talking about are renewal notices.” — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown describing health policy cancellation notices sent to 73,000 Marylanders in accordance with Obamacare.

“It’s [Obamacare] worth the trouble. It’s going to be a glorious thing [for Democrats to run on].” — Rep. Nancy Pelosi reassuring nervous Democrats.

“But there would be no reason to reform and extend health insurance if we did not have moral obligations to one another. ... It’s only fitting that those with higher incomes bear some responsibility for maintaining the health of Americans who are less fortunate.” — Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich on Obamacare.

“We’re hung up on this one case where this one fellow was in fact found not guilty by a jury. That’s the way the American law system works. Get over it.” — Maryland Rep. Andy Harris on the George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin slaying trial.

“I think we’ve hit our quota of bad legislation. This is probably the most left-wing session in the history of Maryland.” — Republican Del. Michael Hough describing the 2013 General Assembly session.

“I did not like the [2012] redistricting. I think we could have done a better job.” — House Speaker Mike Busch on Maryland’s congressional gerrymandering that he helped write.

“Gail will show up for an envelope opening.” — Democratic leader Jim Adams on Republican Del. Gail Bates’ high visibility in her Howard County district.

Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at His email address is