Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Created: 01/13/2012 11:29:33 AM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – State Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, teed off on a variety of issues Friday during a legislative breakfast at Shandin Hills Golf Course, but his biggest swing came at the end, when he hinted at a possible run for Congress.

“I was approached by a lot of people,” Dutton said. “I’ve been interested in it. I just didn’t think it would come up this soon. My wife has been encouraging me in that direction.”

His interest was stirred even more Thursday when Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, announced his retirement.

Should Dutton throw his hat in the ring, he may not be able to find it among the dozen or so others that have been tossed in by area politicos who have expressed interest in filling the 31st Congressional District seat.

He said he would announce his intentions next week.

In the half-hour leading up to his comments about a possible congressional run, Dutton spoke on a variety of issues, ranging from the state budget to redevelopment.

He called for reducing regulations in order to help small businesses, and asked for support in his efforts to pass legislation that would curb frivolous lawsuits related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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