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I always appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight because sometimes in politics you find yourself on the wrong end of some personal accusations. But, when I first ran for the Legislature in 1994, I also had a past. I was elected four times with that past.

Some say I have been blessed with something missing in the Legislature — an abundance of common sense. I like talk to about the issues rather than my opponent. I will run on my record as a four-term fiscal conservative. I will run on the issues important to Senate District 24 like responsible natural-resource development, reducing the costs of government red tape on small business and limiting the role of government. It's still the economy, stupid.

I was elected because I grew up here and I have a good sense of what Billings people think, want and need. I have worked hard to get good limited-government fiscal conservatives elected. I won't apologize for that. There is just too much at stake. Not just in Montana but across our great land, and the record shows some significant success, too.

If I decide to take on the challenge and sacrifice of a Senate run, I will be running for the job. I have never run from anything, I take things head-on and regardless of my detractors I will continue to work hard for the things and values important to me. So get used to it or get over it.

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Dan Fuchs

Billings

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