Retired congressman: ‘A day that people are not going to forget for a long time’

Former U.S. Rep. David Hobson, R-Springfield. JIM OTTE/STAFF
Former U.S. Rep. David Hobson, R-Springfield. JIM OTTE/STAFF

Retired U.S. Rep. Dave Hobson said in an interview with the Dayton Daily News Wednesday that in his 18 years in the Capitol, he never imagined anything like this.

“This is going to be a day that people are not going to forget for a long time when a group of people descended on the Capitol,” he said, watching the situation unfold on TV from his home in Ohio.

Hobson said the Capitol was always maintained to balance safety with the sense that their government was accessible, allowing people to access and assemble on the grounds without a threatening security presence.

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“Every time you walk over to a vote — I was there 18 years — there’s somebody complaining about something and there are groups there of people complaining,” he said. “I’ve never seen this many people —it’s hard for me to judge exactly what they are doing.”

He was there during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which he said was a scary day that led to additional security measures at the building and these protest will likely as well.

The Springfield Republican said the president and his supporters need to accept that they lost.

“It’s a difficult day for the country and we have to get through this. We’re going to have to accept that there was a defeat and you need to move on,” he said.

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