Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Walberg a uniter?

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis says he's confident Tim Walberg can "unite the party" after wagging one of the nastiest campaigns in recent memory to unseat fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz.
Anuzis endorsed Schwarz in the race, a backing that's unusual for a party chairman.
"Tim will be a great team player and addition to our Republican ticket," Anuzis wrote in his blog today. "When I talked to Tim last night, he stressed that part of his goal was to help unite the party and make sure we win in November. I look forward to working with Tim and know he’ll be an asset to our delegation."

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman issued a similar statement praising Walberg.
“Tim Walberg is an experienced legislator and principled voice for less government spending, lower taxes, fewer regulations and a compassionate voice for the culture of life and traditional values," Mehlman said in a statement. "The Republican Party fully supports his candidacy on behalf of the hard-working families in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District.”

But healing the wounds with the 7th District's power brokers - past and present politicians and newspaper editors who backed Schwarz - will likely be easier said than done for Walberg.
But maybe President Bush's endorsement and John McCain campaigning harmed Schwarz.
"The biggest thing here scary to some bigwigs is that establishment endorsements really don't matter all that much," blogger Republican Michigander wrote today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply empty platitudes from Saul. Walberg will not be a team player, he certainly wasn't in the state house. He's going to be a disaster for the 7th. We really screwed up big time and the GOP knows it.

I expect the entire force of the DNC will descend here, lead by Howard Dean. Things will get ugly.

It's a sad day for Michigan and a huge step backwards for our district.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont know who is more frightening...Renier or Walberg. Either way its an extremist for what is actually a centerist district...

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim Walberg cannot unite the party in the 7th because he doesn't represent anyone but a small, vocal, fringe element which he effectively mobilized in the primary. I doubt that he is even electable in November. Surely there are no more people who would vote for him than the 33,000 he found to cast ballots for him this week. 300,000 people voted in the '04 general election in the district. Walberg either has to soften his extremist positions to attract more voters and thereby alienate his out-of-state handlers or find another 125,000 reactionaries in this district. I can't believe that many more exist.

It IS a sad day for Michigan, as the previous commentator said... and for the nation. Even the Washington Post called Schwarz' defeat "disheartening" in an editorial on Thursday.

Team players don't eviscerate other team members. Tim Walberg is not a team player. He conducted a vicious and unethical campaign. He has demonstrated that he is an idealogue who cannot work with anyone who disagrees with his worldview. I fear for our district.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I doubt that he is even electable in November."

Wanna bet?

Be sure to update us on this prediction on Nov. 9th.

1:30 AM  

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