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We'll call it the GiaQuinta Garage

It’s hard to fault someone for wanting to take credit for something they’ve done. But it seemed a little quick when the office of state Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, sent out a press release just hours after the Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board voted to contribute $6.5 million toward the downtown Ash Brokerage project. The money will make the loan payments for the first 10 years on the city’s portion of the project, a 780-space parking garage.

It was GiaQuinta’s legislation that created the Capital Improvement Board.

“I am particularly delighted that a state law I authored back in 2009 (House Enrolled Act 1514) was able to play a significant role in today’s decision,” GiaQuinta’s statement read in part.

Again, it’s hard to fault someone for taking credit when they, in fact, deserve the credit. But Political Notebook couldn’t help but roll our eyes a bit when, just a few hours later, we got the exact same press release – this time forwarded by GiaQuinta himself.

We're sure he was just being thorough.