Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Schwarz drags 'political boogeyman' into race

State Senator Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, is apparently irked by Joe Schwarz's campaign dragging his name into their re-election strategy.
John Truscott, Schwarz's spokesman, recently suggested if Tim Walberg upsets Schwarz in the Aug. 8 primary, that Walberg's ultra-conservativeness would leave him vulnerable to upset by a strong Democratic candidate.
Enter Schauer, just about the only Democrat in the 7th District with name recognition.
Schauer, who is running for re-election, will be term-limited in 2010, so he presumably would be looking for a new job in two years, so the theory goes.
"It's a Republican conspiracy theory with no basis in fact," Schauer told the Jackson Citizen Patriot's Brad Flory for a story today. "My only plan is to serve in the state Senate for the next four years. It sounds like I'm being used as a political bogeyman."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schauer should to the smart thing and take it as a compliment.

Chastising the GOP doesen't help him and only makes him look more partisan. He has had a lot of support from Republicans over the years.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schauer can pretend to be offended if he wants, but you know on the inside he is as giddy as a schoolboy, hoping that Walberg will win.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disagree. Schauer has worked closely with Schwarz over the years and don't think he wants the likes of Tim Walberg representing us. He know's he could beat Walberg, but don't honestly think he would want him in Congress.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a Republican district. Highly unlikely that Rep. Walberg would ever be beat as an incumbent. There is just no practical way that a liberal Democrat could win this seat...

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schauer is pro-life, 100% NRA endorsed, and represents the huge areas of Jackson and Calhoun counties. In fact, he is the only senator whose district is entirely in the district (whoops, minus a township and a half.) That puts him at a serious advantage.

If their base were not the same, and if the national climate were any worse, Schauer could knock off a republican. Especially if the conservative social issue voters have no reason to turn out. Schauer would paste Walberg.

Heck, by Walberg's fuzzy logic, the district is already represented by someone who is "shockingly liberal." (Oh, wait, that is the message of his DC backers, not the candidate...)

12:13 AM  

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