Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Muddling slinging in every direction

The Republican congressional primary between U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz and Tim Walberg is just getting nastier by the day as the Tuesday's election nears.
The Washington-based Republican Main Street Partnership, which is supporting Schwarz's re-election, is running a TV ad saying Walberg missed key votes during budget hearings in 1996 when he took a "ill-timed" trip to Paris to celebrate his wedding anniversery.
The centrist group contends voters "can't count" on Walberg to show up.
Walberg is calling on Schwarz to condemn the ads.
Walberg's campaign also is accusing Schwarz of falsely claiming that he won the endorsement of the Michigan Republican Party in campaign mailings, The Associated Press reported today.
Schwarz was endorsed by Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis, but has not been endorsed by the party's state committee.
On Wednesday, Schwarz's campaign announced that it's Jackson office had been vandalized.
Vandals scratched the word "FAG" across two larger-than-life-size headshot decals of the congressman on the windows of his downtown Jackson office, his campaign said in a statement.
"This is hate speech written on the congressman's head," Schwarz's campaign manager Matt Marsden told the Jackson Citizen Patriot. "I think it's absolutely disgusting."
The Citizen Patriot story describes the "FAG" reference as a "slur."
Walberg's campaign manager said his bosses offices were not damaged and vemently denied involvement.
"It's really sad that stuff like that occurs," Joe Wicks told the Citizen Patriot.

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