Saturday, October 28, 2006

Walberg's page scandal? Renier thinks so

The fallout continues from revelations that a staffer for Tim Walberg pleaded guilty last month to beating his foster children.
The story isn't boding well with Walberg's chief campaign priority: family values.

Political observers, Walberg's opponent and even Republican candidate Dick DeVos appear to be questioning why Walberg kept Daniel Coons on his congressional campaign staff.
"The individuals working with you are a reflection of who you are," DeVos told the Jackson Citizen Patriot, which first broke the story Wednesday that led to Coons' resignation later that day. "Therefore, as a leader, you have a responsibility to make sure individuals on staff reflect our values, our views."
It's unclear if this story will impact Walberg's vote tally on Nov. 7, when he's expected to easily defeat Democrat Sharon Renier.
The story made the Associated Press wire and then websites of Lansing television stations.
Renier, D-Munith, has called Walberg, a former preacher, "morally bankrupt."
In an interview with the Battle Creek Enquirer, Renier compared Walberg's staffer's personal problems to the Mark Foley congressional page scandal.

Walberg also told the Jackson paper that he knew of the alleged abuse "on or about Sept. 12."
Walberg, a former state representative from Tipton, also claims Coons never told him of the guilty plea.
"I learned that Tuesday from (the Citizen Patriot)," Walberg said.

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