Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The 'Schwarz' was not with them

Tuesday's primary election may be a turning point for the Republican and Democratic parties.
Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and Michigan Congressman Joe Schwarz, both self-proclaimed moderate centrists, were ousted from office.
It may just be a case that moderates are no longer welcome in the bitter divide of partisan politics as Dems and Republicans get more ideologically radical.
"Moderates are a dying breed," Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics, told the Jackson Citizen Patriot. "They're not going to be elected."
Schwarz's loss is the first of any incumbent Michigan congressman since 1992, The Detroit Free Press reported today.
At this point, it doesn't appear that Schwarz will be following Lieberman's frustrated lead and running in November as an Independent.
Schwarz said "distortions and fabrications" of his voting record by Club for Growth cost him the election.
"You have a one-issue group with unlimited funding," Schwarz said. "I did what I thought was right. I will not compromise on principle. I will not pander."
Club for Growth started the Web site, JoeSchwarzIsALiberal.com months ago and advertised a ugly mug shot of Schwarz and the site on Mlive.com, the online home of the Jackson Citizen Patriot and Ann Arbor News, which have coverage areas in Jackson, Washtenaw, Lenawee, Hillsdale and Calhoun counties in the heart of the 7th District.
The anti-tax lobby celebrated its victory for Walberg on its Web site today.
"Michigan voters made it clear that they still want Congress to limit government, reduce wasteful spending and cut taxes," Pat Toomey, President of the Club for Growth, said in a statement. "The Club for Growth PAC is proud to have played a major role in helping Tim deliver his pro-growth, winning, message."
Bill Ballenger, a former state senator, said the congressman's "anger and arrogance," which he displayed during the July 21 debate, caught up with him.
"This is a real personal rebuke to Joe Schwarz," Ballenger told the Citizen Patriot.

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