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9 January 2004

Washington Post

BARRE, Vermont — It was a brisk winter evening outside the Elks Lodge here on Dec. 2, 1998, but inside, Gregory Costa was on the hot seat. Angry members of Vermont's two largest gun rights groups had a pointed question for the National Rifle Association's state representative: Why did he go against the wishes of many of them and endorse Howard Dean for governor? "He got a real hard time that night," said Monty Butterfield, president of Gun Owners of Vermont, who was... (

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