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U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) was taken to George Washington University Hospital after complaining of severe stomach pains on Tuesday.

“The last time I had spoken to the Congressman Coble was at 2 p.m.,” said Ed McDonald, chief of staff for the congressman. “He said he was going into surgery within minutes.”

McDonald said that the 6th District representative was scheduled to be one of the speakers at a luncheon meeting known as the Tar Heel Circle. “Just prior to our departure, he told me that he was suffering from abdominal pain, and he asked me to express his regrets to those gathered for the event. He walked himself over to the Office of the Attending Physician in the Capitol Building, and after examining Congressman Coble, they decided to transport him to GW Hospital.”

McDonald said he spoke with one of the physicians who accompanied the 82-year-old Coble to the hospital. It is expected that Rep. Coble will undergo hernia surgery.

Coble was hospitalized earlier this year after a series of dizzy spells.

Coble spent more than a week in the hospital in late 2011 after a respiratory illness and its effects.

Three years ago, Congressman Coble fainted and hit his head while attending a speech at the High Point Country Club and was rushed to the hospital.

To date, Congressman Coble has not made up his mind on seeking re-election next year.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 336-835-1513 or email at agonzalez@civitasmedia.com.

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