Schwarz to decide 2008 plans in six months
NY Times carried a story from CQPolitics.com that Joe Schwarz will decide within six months whether he'll challenge Walberg in 2008 for his old seat in what's being plugged as "Round 3."
For those who followed this year's campaign and Walberg's primary win, it's common knowledge that Schwarz is resentful of losing to Walberg, a very conservative former preacher and state representative from Lenawee County.
Schwarz, R-Tipton, won the 7th District seat in 2004 in a six-man Republican primary, which included Walberg, R-Tipton.
The story also lays out previous speculation about potential Democratic candidates who some pundits say could put up a good challenge against the far-right Walberg.
Democratic candidates already being mentioned are former state Rep. Doug Spade of Lenawee County and state Rep. Marty Griffin, who was the mayor of Jackson.
Republican operatives have also suggested state Senator Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, should run in 2008 since his term does not end until 2010, ensuring his job security.
Walberg said he's prepared to "raise what it takes to win" -- which could be more than the almost $1.3 million he amassed for the last election.
Given the money spent in 2006 from out-of-district sources, it's likely somebody will be gunning for Walberg, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported Friday.
"He won by an extremely narrow margin," DCCC spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield told the Jackson newspaper. "He represents the most extreme elements of the Republican Party.
IN OTHER NEWS...
Joe Schwarz, a doctor and former state senator, is part of Gov. Jennifer Granholm's emergency budget panel that is recommending a tax increase to solve Michigan's budget woes.
Schwarz will appear with fellow panelist S. Martin Taylor, a U-M regent, on WKAR's "Off The Record" this week.