Sunday, July 02, 2006

Congressional race gaining rhetorical steam

With 36 days until the Aug. 8 7th District GOP primary, both U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz and challenger Tim Walberg of Tipton are taking to the airwaves with positive, negative and often out-of-context radio and television ads.
Here's what's in the Sunday newspapers:

"Congressional race in high gear," Jackson Citizen Patriot, by Larry O'Connor

"GOP Reps. Schwarz, Rogers face tough races," Ann Arbor News, by Art Aisner

The Pioneer PAC, a Republican group supporting Schwarz with cash, has countered Walberg's support from Club for Growth by advertising on Mlive.com, the website for Booth Newspapers, The Ann Arbor News and Jackson Citizen Patriot.

In his Campaign Journal Saturday, Schwarz campaign manager Matt Marsden posted by listing all the funds the incumbent from Battle Creek has brought back to the district.
This is pork barrell spending Schwarz has secured that "Tim Walberg has vowed that he won’t," Marsden wrote.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To call those programs that got funded "pork barrel projects" is sheer lunacy. Michigan is a donor state, meaning that we give far more in federal taxes than we get get back for use in our state.

With the economic trouble that we are in right now, we at least deserve the ability to help ourselves and spend our own money on federal programs designed for OUR benefit.

Tim Walberg is dangerous for Michigan.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schwarz should disclose campaign
promises to homosexual activists

By Gary Glenn

It's time for Joe Schwarz to come out of the political closet.

Schwarz’s reelection campaign is endorsed by Triangle Pride PAC, a militant homosexual activist group that says its endorsements are “based on responses to Triangle Pride PAC questionnaires.” We challenge Schwarz to provide the media and voters a copy of his questionnaire response.

In 2004, Triangle Pride PAC endorsed 74 Democrats but only four Republicans. Schwarz is in rare company, as he was in 2002 when he joined Democrat Jennifer Granholm and others in signing a fundraising letter for Pride PAC's parent organization, the Triangle Foundation.

"Right-wing extremists are trying to push their narrow moral agenda on all of Michigan," Schwarz and Granholm wrote. "Triangle Foundation is the first line of defense against the encroaching attacks on gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender civil liberties."

Triangle Pride PAC director Sean Kosofsky named one alleged “extremist” when he called Cardinal Maida “recklessly wicked” for supporting Michigan's Marriage Protection Amendment. Triangle executive Jeff Montgomery called Catholic opposition to homosexual behavior “mean-spirited" and "morally bankrupt."

But who’s really pushing an extreme agenda?

Montgomery says lowering the age of consent for sex between adults and children is "a good debate to have,” but Triangle wants parents, the news media, and general public denied access to Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry.

Triangle urged Congress to revoke the Boy Scouts' charter and threatened to sue unless Detroit eliminated funding and city park use for Scouting. Triangle laments that "only two percent of public schools offer condom distribution. This needs to be dramatically increased." But Triangle "oppos(es) campus ROTC and military recruitment programs."

Schwarz and Granholm helped Triangle finance this fringe agenda, writing: “We join with the thousands of individuals served by Triangle in calling on you to support this organization now!"

Triangle also held a fundraiser at the Detroit Bondage Club, where Montgomery was stripped to the waist, tied to a cross, and flogged.

After Southfield police forced cancellation of another bondage group's public torture demonstration, advertised to include "male and female nudity, intentional infliction of pain, cutting of the skin with bleeding" and "demonstrations" of (unmentionable sex acts) and "erotic body harnesses that involve the genitals, both male and female," Triangle held another fundraiser to help instruct "kink bondage domination-sadomasochism enthusiasts" how to evade local law enforcement, sharing proceeds with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, an advocacy group for sadomasochism, wife-swapping, and group sex.

And Joe Schwarz so enthusiastically supports Triangle and this sordid agenda that he helped raise money to fund it.

Schwarz’s campaigns also took over $15,000 from the so-called Human Rights Campaign, purportedly the nation’s largest homosexual activist group, with an agenda equally hostile to Michigan values.

For example, Joe Schwarz has made clear he will stand with HRC and Triangle by voting against the federal Marriage Protection Amendment this month in Congress.

Log Cabin Republicans, a homosexual activist group that spent $1 million on TV ads attacking President Bush for supporting the Marriage Protection Amendment, also donated $5,000 to Schwarz, reporting that he was "the only (Republican) running in this rural district who opposed” it.

Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved a Marriage Protection Amendment to our state constitution in 2004. The vote supporting the amendment in each 7th Congressional District county was: Branch, 66 percent; Calhoun, 60; Eaton, 60; Hillsdale, 66; Jackson, 62; Lenawee, 63; and western Washtenaw, 50, including Democrats and independents. Imagine how much stronger support was -- how much more out of step Schwarz is – just among Republicans.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman "Saul" Anuzis last month condemned Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow's vote against the federal Marriage Protection Amendment, saying Stabenow “has taken sides with the radical special interests and against Michigan families. Even though almost 60 percent of Michigan voters passed a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, Debbie Stabenow has turned her back on her constituents. We need someone who represents Michigan, not Democratic interests in Washington.”

We strongly agree, and what Chairman Anuzis said about Democrat Stabenow applies equally to Republican Schwarz.

Unfortunately, Schwarz's blank check to homosexual activists doesn't end with thumbing his nose at Michigan voters.

Schwarz was also one of only 30 House Republicans who supported Democratic Rep. John Conyers' attempt to add "sexual orientation" to federal hate crime laws, the same language used around the world to threaten Christians with criminal prosecution if they publicly disagree with the homosexual agenda, even from the pulpit.

Voters have a right to know before August 8th what else might come out of Joe Schwarz’s closet.

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Gary Glenn, Midland, is chairman of the Campaign for Michigan Families and co-author of the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2004.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty sad that Walberg can't find a hatchet man in the district to do his bidding, needs to grab some dude from Midland.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim Walberg has also made campaign promises. He promises to do absolutely nothing to bring anything back to the district. Why should my federal tax dollars pay the salary of someone who is not going to work for me? We deserve better.

You can train a rat to vote Right to Life's and Club for Growth's agenda. I expect more from my Congressman.

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottom line...Schwarz will win big. Walberg has no credentials, was a mediocre State Rep. and couldn't make a decision on his own. He has little support from the district and is nothing but a puppet of a right-wing fringe group.

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'a militant homosexual activist group'? Are you serious? What do they do, go around beating up straight people?

Don't you think we have more important things to worry about in Michigan??

Get a clue.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is too good not to share.

From Jack Lessenberry, NPR

July 05, 2006

Essay: What Type of Congressman? - 7/5/06

I have read enough history to be convinced we don’t really have any idea what the founding fathers would think about anything going on today. They clearly would be amazed that the country they created has lasted for 230 years.

And I think that it is pretty clear that Joe Schwarz is the kind of man they hoped the voters would send to Congress. Not because of where he stands on the issues – the signers of the Constitution themselves had monumental disagreements. But they would have approved of his background.

The founders didn’t want professional politicians, and would have been appalled at candidates whose platform was based on a single issue. Nor would they have thought much of career politicians who never did anything other than run for office.

Schwarz had at least three full-fledged careers before the voters sent him to Washington. He served in Indochina while the Vietnam war was raging. When his hitch was up, he went back to Laos as a member of the CIA. He also is a medical doctor, an ear, nose and throat specialist who still practices in Battle Creek.

He was mayor, and then served in the Michigan State Senate for 16 years, where he was seen as the most knowledgeable legislator on higher education issues on either side of the aisle. He’s been married, a father, been widowed and divorced. He has, in other words, what is known as life, and real world, experience.

I do not live in Schwarz’s district, and on some issues, I deeply disagree with him. Nevertheless, he is exactly the kind of man I would want to represent me in Congress. Why? Having observed him for years, I know him to be an intelligent, well-educated grownup. What is just as important is that he prefers common sense to ideology and recognizes that human beings make mistakes.

That’s the kind of woman or man who I want making decisions for me about matters I don’t know enough about, whether it is at the state or federal level. Representative government should mean that we don’t have to try and figure out how to institute complicated tax reform or try and choose among school funding schemes.

That’s what we pay our legislators to do for us. Their job is to try and come up with what’s best for everyone they represent, or on certain issues, what is best for everyone in the state or our nation.

Citizens will always disagree as to what our nation’s priorities should be. But democracy dies behind closed doors. And representative democracy is in trouble the day we turn things over to leaders who base decisions on blind faith.

On the other hand, government isn’t American Idol. We can’t ask everybody to vote on what our trade policy with Mongolia should be. We have to trust someone to do that for us. And when it’s my neck -- or wallet -- common sense trumps ideology, every time.

10:41 PM  

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