The man who once called federal agents “jack-booted government thugs” (a comment he later apologized for) summarized his philosophy in a 1992 column for the NRA publication American Rifleman: “When you’re at war,’’ he wrote, “you do what it takes to win.”

The former PhD student — who was once a Democratic Party legislative aide from Roanoke and drew a post-college job offer from liberal icon and then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill — has adopted that martial approach in Washington.

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