Friday, June 16, 2006

Fmr. lawmakers: Walberg ad 'hypocritical and baseless'

Former state Sen. Phil Hoffman and former Rep. Clark Bisbee, both from Jackson County, have lashed out at former colleague Tim Walberg for an attack ad running about U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz's record as a state senator.
The Club for Growth ad criticizes Schwarz, R-Battle Creek, for voting for a gas tax increase in 1997, The Lansing State Journal reported today.
Walberg is a former state representative from Tipton challenging Schwarz in the Aug. 8 primary.
“As a member of the state House at that time, Tim Walberg did not even bother to show up to cast his vote on passage of the gas tax issue,” the two ex-lawmakers wrote. “If you don’t show up for work, you shouldn’t throw stones.”
Hoffman and Bisbee's joint statement almost matches Schwarz Campaign Manager Matt Marsden's June 13 blog entry.
"Tim Walberg didn’t even bother to show up to vote on this important issue. If you don’t show up to work, you have no business questioning anyone’s voting record," Marsden wrote, as first reported by The Adrian Insider.
Bisbee challenged Walberg, Schwarz and three other Republicans in the 2004 GOP primary that Schwarz won with 28 percent of the vote.
Hoffman and Bisbee are both backing Schwarz in the Aug. 8 primary. Hoffman, R-Horton, also served with Walberg in the state House.
As the primary nears, it doesn't appear that this race won't be clean as Walberg proposed in April.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


This quote was attributed to Walberg campaing staff in the Lansing State Journal article today. “The fact is Tim Walberg voted no to this tax increase and every other tax increase...”


Tim Walberg did not vote.


That quote is further evidence of an organization that plays fast and loose with facts. It is unfortunate, and really does call into question both their hollow pledge to run a clean campaign and their sanity. Why did he take a pass and how many other important votes did he skip? He also skipped out on the last vote to deny state legislators an automatic pay raise. As we all know, they get an automatic pay raise unless they vote against it. I guess he had something more important to do that day. What other votes did he skip?

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad that someone is finally calling out Tim Walberg and the Club for Growth for the nonsense they are spreading.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Walberg was a minister? Looks like he's let his ethical guard down and sold out to one of the worst elements in politics today. Nothing worse than a cause without a conscience. I've also heard CfG is backing off on him. Apparently they've realized Schwarz is the better candidate too.

6:44 PM  

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