Zanesville - With the summer sun beating down on Fourth Street, Coach Dave Daubenmire is still smiling his wry smile.
Sitting beneath Democrat Representative Zack Space's Congressional plaque outside the Congressman's office, "Coach" said he won't quit until Zack Space hosts a town hall. And twelve hours into his pledged round-the-clock vigil, the Fairfield Christian Academy football coach remains vigilant.
"I'm doing this for my kids and grandkids," says Coach Dave. "And I don't even have any grandkids yet."
"This is taxation without representation. My unborn grandkids are already being shackled with a debt inflicted by Congressmen like Zack Space who won't even meet with their constituents," insists Daubenmire."
Answering his cell phone from a collapsable chair, Daubenmire is only leaving his post when he breaks for practice between 2 and 6 PM.
The football coach has already garnered media attention from country station T-100, WHIZ TV, WCLT News and the Zanesville Times Recorder.
"I'm more interested in the people passing by," says Coach. "Almost everyone of them has been supportive."
Zanesville City Hall has also supported Daubenmire's right to protest.
"As long as he's peaceful and just sitting in a chair, he has a right to be there," said Robert Brandford, Zanesville Public Safety Director.
Brandford conferred with Chief of Police Eric Lambes on Daubenmire's protest and determined that Coach can stay.
"Americans have the right to free speech, the right to protest and the right to assemble peacefully," said Brandford.
Initially concerned that he might be forced to move, Daubenmire can sleep comfortably (or at least legally) tonight on Fourth Street.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Local Coach Continues Round-the-Clock Protest of Rep. Space