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Senate candidate Hovde says donation to Doyle was a mistake

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The newest U.S. Senate candidate stopped in Wausau Friday afternoon to spread his message.

He also responded to criticism about his political past.

Eric Hovde, a hedge fund manager, grew up in Madison but has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 24 years. He recently moved back to Wisconsin.

Hovde spoke to a handful of supporters at Northcentral Technical College Friday afternoon, telling them why he's jumping into the race.

"Our country has a major debt problem," said Hovde. "If we don't change course real rapidly, we're going to have a much worse financial crisis than we did in '08 and '09 and '10."

Hovde is facing some questions about his past, including a $500 donation to Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle back in 2005.

Hovde told Newsline 9 he doesn't recall making the donation, but that it was something he shouldn't have done.

"I'll admit, it was a total mistake," said Hovde. "I'd like my money back ‘cause he was a lousy governor."

Hovde enters a crowded field of Republican senate contenders including former Gov. Tommy Thompson, former Rep. Mark Neumann, State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, and Rhinelander physical therapist Kip Smith.

Rep. Tammy Baldwin is the only Democrat so far to announce a run.

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