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"It is probably one of the dumbest things I've ever said. . . . I'm horrified that I said it."

_ Tampa lawyer Stephen M. Crawford, on a letter he wrote to a client in which he said he found most of the black jurists in Florida lacking in "legal acumen." Crawford resigned from his firm after the remark was publicized.

"There are several words that never cross my lips: the F word and the N word. All I can say is that it must have been an error. I've used "colored' and "Negro.' It has to be a typo."

_ County Commission candidate Paddy Moses, after a transcript of her 1978 divorce proceeding was leaked to the press, showing her saying that her children complained about "n__-s fighting" in the College Hill neighborhood where her estranged husband lived.

"If I said those words, and I probably did, those words really were not intended as any kind of racist remark. But I can see how migrants might take it as a racist remark."

_ District 57 State House candidate Faye Culp, after she was quoted as saying migrant children needed to be taught "what is right and what is wrong, while children in South Tampa already know the difference."

"Oh, geez, I love Tampa. We used to have spring training in St. Petersburg and we'd always go to Tampa to eat dinner."

_ New York Yankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto, during groundbreaking for the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa.

"Look out, he's gonna back up!"

_ County Administrator Fred Karl, quoting a woman standing in line behind hefty Tampa Sports Authority Executive Director Rick Nafe, after Nafe's beeper went off.

"If I reconstructed this, I'd have 20 lanes."

_ Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Aaron McClain, after a spectacular, two-truck fatal accident at the Interstate 4-Interstate 275 intersection known as "malfunction junction."

"I think I helped the process."

_ Steve Stumpf, the $200-an-hour consultant hired to mediate the evaluation of embattled Tampa General Hospital chief executive David Bussone, after telling Bussone's opponents they should resign from the hospital board.

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