Local political party chairs share thoughts on Jan. 6 insurrection

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 federal officers responded to an insurrection at the U.S. capitol

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – In 2021 rioters attacked the White House charged with weapons, violently demanding for answers about the 2020 presidential election results. As the mob continued attacking the U.S. capitol, they supported previous president Donald Trump’s claim about a ‘stolen’ 20-20 election.

The Jan. 6 insurrection remains in the minds of local party chairs, even after one year. Victoria county Republican party chair Bill Pozzi feels this event is not a representation the city’s republican party. Sharing that republicans in Victoria are respectful to anyone, despite party affiliation.

“I think people in the Crossroads first of all are very courteous. They obey rules and we have common sense here in the Crossroads. Right,” said Pozzi.

Afterwards Pozzi continued saying that Texans have more sense than to break things or to hold terrible demonstrations.

“We have more sense and so those people should have never done that at the capitol. Never gone in and never been instigated by the forces that be,” expressed Pozzi.

Even the Victoria county Democratic chair Woodrow Wagner agreed with Pozzi on this topic.

“I’ve had a number of conversations with people like Bill Pozzi, the Republican chair, who is not at all happy with what happened a year ago. So, I think we’ve got to be very careful to lump all Republicans into that one category,” stated Wagner.

While many people from different states participated in the insurrection and data shows at least 63 Texans have also received accusations, Wagner believes these actions are not a representation of Republican party members in the Crossroads.

“I don’t think so… I think the republican voters in the Crossroads that I’ve met for the most part are very reasonable,” he said. “And when they look at something like that, happened a year ago, they condemn those violent acts and they are not pleased,” said Wagner.

Furthering his thoughts, Wagner believes the men and women who defended the U.S. capitol on Jan. 6 demonstrated heroic bravery. Although some Democrats refer to it as an attack on democracy, Wagner believes it was not an expression of free speech.

“It wasn’t a bunch of folks expressing their free speech. It went beyond that,” he said. “When people are breaking in windows, breaking in doors, and are going after police officers. That is not a peaceful protest, that is a direct attack on American democracy,” stated Wagner.