Saturday, June 17, 2006

The rest of the story

The Battle Creek Enquirer has afforded its readers the rest of the story surrounding speculation that incumbent Congressman Joe Schwarz will pull ahead in fundraising before the Aug. 8 primary election against former state Rep. Tim Walberg.
Yesterday's Web-only story made no mention of the $137,000 U.S. Sen. John McCain raised for Schwarz in the matter of a couple of hours last Saturday in Jackson.
"It was a very good weekend," John Truscott, campaign manager for Schwarz, told the Enquirer's Andy Rathbun for a story in today's paper.
Today's story includes analysis from widely-quoted political pundits Ed Sarpolus, vice president of the Lansing-based polling firm EPIC/MRA, and Craig Ruff, a senior policy fellow at the Public Sector Consultants of Lansing.
Ruff said Walberg could upset Schwarz even if he doesn't outspend him.
But that's less likely because Walberg has no dirt on Schwarz's performance in Washington over the past 18 months.
Walberg's campaign has been attacking Schwarz's previous statements and voting record on issues ranging from abortion to taxes dating back to 2002.
"The fact that Walberg doesn't have a single issue that he can ride does hurt him...," Ruff told the Enquirer. "Having said all that, every politician will say that the first and second elections are their toughest."
One thing newspapers never do is check to see if their political pundit sources are also contributors.
Craig Ruff made a $250 contribution to Schwarz during his 2004 bid for congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good coverage!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Pol Watcher said...

Should someone in the government consulting business be giving campaign donations to candidates? My gut says no though I'm sure the law turns a blind eye. I think most people would smell a rat. Nice work, as always.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should we limit their right to particpate in the process? It is up to the individual to consider how it might affect their personal or professional lives, and in this case, I am sure the consultant weighed the consequences. The transparency that exists makes his contribution available to all and he is well aware of the rules.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you need is a little bit of professional decorum and there would be no problem. If they were in the consulting business only to advance their own agenda, then they probably wouldnt get much business.

1:37 PM  

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