Sunday, March 12, 2006

John Engler endorses Joe Schwarz

Former Gov. John Engler is endorsing U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz in his first bid for re-election since winning the seat in 2004.
“I can think of no other candidate more qualified to represent southern Michigan in Congress than Joe Schwarz,” Engler is quoted as saying in a statement on Schwarz’s Web site. “As governor of the state of Michigan, and prior to that, as majority leader in the Michigan Senate, I worked with Joe on almost every major issue before policymakers in Lansing. His knowledge of the major issues is unsurpassed and his abilities are unequaled.”
As governor of Michigan from 1990 to 2002, Engler, now president of the National Association of Manufactures, sparred with the moderate Battle Creek physician many times.
Republicans statewide and nationally are backing Schwarz over his more conservative opponent, Tim Walberg of Tipton, for fear that a nasty 7th District GOP primary would split the party while it tries to unseat Democrats Gov. Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Mike Troutman, chairman of the 7th District Republican Party, also recently joined state others prominent Republicans in backing Schwarz’s re-election.
“I urge all Republican voters to please join with myself, Speaker Dennis Hastert, House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, state Chairman Saul Anuzis, National Committeeman Chuck Yob, National Committeewoman Holly Hughes, former State Representatives Clark Bisbee and Gene DeRossett, and a host of other Republican leaders and activists in supporting Congressman Schwarz’s reelection,” Troutman said in a statement.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Schwarz has so many republican party supporters already, why is anyone foolish enough to try to take him out from his own side. Seems like a bad idea to me... There is no telling when the Dems will get their act together in this district.

11:35 PM  

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