Rep. Warren Davidson visits Darke Co. Fair to talk with constituents


GREENVILLE — U.S. Representative Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) visited Greenville Friday to speak with constituents and take in the sights at the Darke County Fair.

“I always love coming to the Great Darke County Fair. I’m looking forward to grabbing some good eats here for lunch,” he said.

Prior to visiting the fair, Davidson visited the Brethren Retirement Community and toured some local farms.

“We’ve been touring farms here in Darke County, looking at some things from the conservation perspective,” said Davidson. “[The farmers are] concerned about the same things everyone is — what’s going on in Washington, what happened to the healthcare bill, are we going to get tax reform done.”

Davidson said, more specifically, agricultural producers have been discussing details of the 2018 Farm Bill.

“Next year the [Farm] Bill renews, so there’s some push to get a lot of the content in this year, in the fall. Mostly understanding the issues and that’s been a big part of my goal as a guy who’s spent a lot of time in manufacturing,” he said.

With Congress due to go back into session after Labor Day, Davidson was asked if the Republican goal of repealing and replacing Obamacare has a chance to pass.

“There’s a chance,” he said. “The House found a way to get a bill passed. It doesn’t do everything that we should, but one of the bills that I really like passed 416 to 7 and it ends anti-trust exemptions for health insurance companies.”

Davidson said he hopes the Senate will give approval to that measure as well as other healthcare legislation being offered.

Asked his thoughts on the effort by some to remove Confederate memorials in the Southern states and elsewhere, Davidson called it “interesting timing.”

“If you’ve been to Gettysburg or Stone Mountain… they are ways to remember a painful past, and people that sacrificed on both sides for what they believed in. That’s part of our nation’s history. I don’t think we can erase our history,” he said.

On the other hand, Davidson said he was willing to concede that some Confederate memorials, particularly those erected after passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s, are no longer appropriate.

“Maybe a community should have a frank discussion about that,” he said. “The right thing to do would be to have that discussion, and not move a statue in the cover of darkness. It should be an honest community decision. You can’t just have people, because they’re offended, go tear things down. That is truly a threat to civil society.”

As for the rise in politically driven violence in the country of late, Davidson was asked if it has become a concern for him personally.

“To put it context, to say that violence has only occurred on the right, just two months ago one of my colleagues was shot by someone from the left,” he said, referring to the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and three others at a June 14 Congressional baseball game. All those wounded survived, with Scalise discharged from the hospital more than a month later.

“Thank God he had a security detail — most of us don’t. They were able to save a lot of lives by being there,” he added.

Davidson admitted he and his family have received death threats since his election to Congress.

“Until I took this job, I never had a personalized death threat,” he said. “That’s obviously a bit unsettling. Hopefully a trend that ceases.”

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Rep. Warren Davidson (left) talks with Dr. Michael Fourman of Greenville at the Darke County Fair, Friday. Davidson said he hopes Congress will continue to work toward healthcare reform when it reconvenes in September.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/08/web1_Davidson-Fair-0008-PRINT.jpgRep. Warren Davidson (left) talks with Dr. Michael Fourman of Greenville at the Darke County Fair, Friday. Davidson said he hopes Congress will continue to work toward healthcare reform when it reconvenes in September. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate
Discusses agriculture, healthcare, political violence

By Erik Martin

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