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ALEC "Brainwash": Arizona Legislator Peggy Judd Trained by Lobbyist Group

Listen to Judd's "brainwash" quote, 30 seconds in... See also: Jan Brewer's Arrogant Bull at ALEC's GOP-Corporate Love Fest See also: Jan Brewer's Top Sycophant, SRP Lobbyist Russell Smoldon, and ResistALEC's "Sleeping Dragon"

Talk about a poor choice of words.

Republican state Representative Peggy Judd is currently in Salt Lake City, Utah, attending the annual conference of the now-notorious American Legislative Exchange Council, the powerful, conservative organization that pimps pro-corporate bills in state legislatures nationwide.

She spoke to a Fox affiliate there on Wednesday, and her interview begins 30 seconds in. Judd relates how she participated in an ALEC leadership training conference in Washington, DC, about one month after she was elected in 2010.

"I wouldn't say they brainwashed me," she told reporter Max Roth. "Because when I got there, I felt so at home. I guess I could say my dad brainwashed me, to be a very strong conservative person."

Well, that's reassuring. Later in the broadcast, Roth relates how Judd told him that she does get lobbied in the ALEC meetings, even though ALEC is a non-profit, and shouldn't be lobbying legislators.

"She said, in fact, the meetings were officially supposed to be casual dress," stated Roth, paraphrasing Judd. "But the lobbyists wear such nice clothes, it's hard to dress down."

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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