Monday, July 17, 2006

Ballenger: Schwarz is 'running scared'

U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz and his campaign fear social conservative Tim Walberg has a good chance of upsetting the incumbent in the Aug. 8 primary, a leading political pundit claims.
"The Schwarz people are running scared," Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics, a political newsletter, told The Detroit News for a story published today.
Schwarz, a former state senator and doctor, won a seat in Congress in 2004 in the heavily Republican 7th District with just 28 percent of the vote.
Walberg, R-Tipton, has routinely said he thinks there's plenty of the 72 percent of voters Schwarz didn't win over for him to capture.
Ballenger and others are predicting a "horrible" voter turnout, which could favor Walberg because the arch-conservative base may see this election as opportunity to unseat a "Republican In Name Only (RINO)."

In other campaign news....
The National Taxpayers Union Campaign Fund (NTUCF) "re-affirmed" it's endorsement for Tim Walberg in the Republican primary.
Walberg and his out-of-state supporter's say Schwarz and his out-of-state backers are distorting Walberg's flat tax views for supporting a national sales tax as a way to get rid of all federal income taxes.
"Tim Walberg has endorsed solid, sensible changes to our broken and complex Tax Code. Joe Schwarz has provided only higher spending and at best a mediocre fiscal record in the House," NTUCF President John Berthoud said in a statement.
Walberg has gotten some defense from current and former state lawmakers.
"A fair fight is a good fight, but to stoop to these lows, I think, is unconscionable," state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk, R-Kalamazoo, told the Lansing State Journal.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Ballard is basically nuts if he thinks that.

He is seldom correct in any of his pronostications. I wouldn't give him much creedance, he basically just wants to sell his newsletter.

Controversy sells.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Unconscionable?" Has Hoogendyk seen Club for Growths ads which attack Schwarz? These ads are pure lies and misrepresentations about Congressman Schwarz's voting record. Seems to me that Walberg and his ultraconservative friends don't like the taste of thier own medicine. I think Walberg should take his "clean campaign" pledge and smoke it.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it was supposed to be sarcastic?

It's either that or Ballard is the biggest political idiot of all time...

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Schwarz loses, it'll be because he's in bed with radical homosexual activist groups.

Voted this week against the Marriage Protection Amendment, one of only 27 Republicans in the nation.

Endorsed by three homosexual activist groups -- Triangle Pride PAC, so-called Human Rights Campaign, and Log Cabin PAC.

Not surprising, since Schwarz and Jennifer Granholm co-signed a fundraising letter for Triangle Foundation. Another way Triangle raises money is holding fundraisers at the Detroit Bondage Club, where their chief of staff was stripped to the waist, tied to a cross, and flogged in return for a donation pledge. Seriously.

Their chief of staff said lowering the age of consent for sex between adults and children was "a good debate to have."

They opposed the marriage amendment approved by Michigan voters. And Schwarz helped these people raise money to promote their agenda, despite "representing" a district that voted 60 percent in favor of the marriage amendment.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad Schwarz treats amending the US Constitution as a serious matter. Social policy doesn't belong in there. Gay marriage is already banned in the state of Michigan.

A true conservative would have stood for states' rights alongside Schwarz.

If these misaligned fanatics would take a moment to think before attacking Schwarz they would see that he voted for the Defense of Marriage Act when he was in the Michigan Legislature.

These are some issues better left in the care of individual states, and this is certainly one of them.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing people need to get straight about that federal marriage amendment is that it is really a state's rights issue. Schwarz said he voted for the Michigan gay marriage ban and I agree with that vote. The true conservative position is to leave power to the people or to the government closest to the people. Walberg claims he is for smaller government, but he would have the federal government grab power from us. There is nothing conservative about that position and illustrates he is a hypocrite when it comes to being a "conservative" in the sense of politics.

12:29 AM  

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