Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Walberg staffer quits after domestic violence plea

A staffer for Tim Walberg's congressional campaign quit today after it was reported that he plead guilty to domestic violence of his own foster children.

Daniel A. Coons, 30, of Eaton Rapids, plead guilty on "Sept. 18 to domestic violence, a lesser misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail or a $500 fine," according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reported today in a online story that Coons had quit. But it appears the story first appeared on the top of the Citizen Patriot's website.
"The state's Foster Care Review Board investigated this matter and recommends that this family be reunited. I support that decision," Walberg said Tuesday in a written statement, the Jackson paper reported.

Walberg declined further comment on the matter for the Citizen Patriot's report.

Walberg and his campaign director, Joe Wicks, declined to say when they knew about Coons' charges, which apparently stemmed from an incident in August.

But Walberg told the Battle Creek Enquirer's Andy Rathbun that he did not fire Coons because the charges had no impact on Coons’ work, “putting up yard signs and answering phones.”

There's telling what the political ramifications of this could be for Walberg, who faces Democrat Sharon Renier in the Nov. 7 general election.
But the National Journal picked up on the news in its blog today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not Tim, so what is the issue?

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walberg was employing a child abuser?!?!

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember how Walberg wanted to debate Schwarz 7 times, once in each county, and how he made such a stink about how these debates were critical because there's so much at stake in this race? I think it's hilarious that now he's only going to debate Renier once! I guess he doesn't think there's so much "at stake" now....or maybe he knows that Sharon's giving him a run for his money!

1:19 PM  

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