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Killer Candidate

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Coleman's refusal to acknowledge her loss doesn't just seem like bad politics. It seems heartless.

But the closest he comes to expressing remorse is a statement that's more defiant than apologetic.

"I don't think this hurts my reputation," Coleman says. "I don't think the events of three years ago — I don't think I did anything that anyone would be ashamed of."

He doesn't pause before charging into the next thought.

"Do I regret what happened? Yes. Do I wish I'd done things differently? Yes. Am I going to hide my head in the sand? No."

Talking to him, one thing is clear: It doesn't matter what his critics say. Dan Coleman has made his peace with his actions.

Win or lose this November, that's not going to change.

"A drunken, belligerent person breaks into your house at 1 a.m. — and attacks you and your family — what do you do?" he asks, then answers his own question.

"I'm going to act to protect my family every time."

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