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Kagen says Ariz. shooting could change politics

APPLETON (AP) -- A former Wisconsin congressman is saying the shooting of a former colleague and friend in Arizona could mean Americans will get less access to those elected to represent them.

Steve Kagen entered Congress in the same class as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded in an attempted assassination at a public meeting Saturday.

Kagen tells the Appleton Post-Crescent that he had conversations with several members of Congress on Saturday who said they would change their security routines in response to what happened in Tucson.

He says during his time in office, politics become more about confrontation then conversation.

Kagen, an Appleton Democrat, was succeeded last week by Republican U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble. Ribble released a statement saying his prayers went out to Giffords and the other shooting victims.

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