Monday, January 08, 2007

Walberg names staffers; Schwarz considering 2008 bid

Congressman Tim Walberg says he's hard at work to restore the Grand Old Party's traditional values.
"We lost our Republican ideals. We walked away," Walberg said recently in an interview with the Associated Press. "And now we have a chance to ... pay our penance and hopefully get ... the majority as soon as possible."
Walberg ousted U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz from office in the August primary.
Schwarz, R-Battle Creek, has not ruled out taking on Walberg in 2008, according to Matt Marsden, his fmr. chief of staff.
Schwarz will decide by next summer whether to run again, and "in the meantime, we'll watch the legislative record of Mr. Walberg," Marsden told AP.
Walberg's nasty 2006 battle for congress seems to continue haunting him as he settles into his new Washington, D.C. digs.
On January 3, a former Schwarz aide filed a complaint with the House ethics committee and House clerk's office alleging that Walberg violated House rules and federal law by sending reception invitations that included what may be the seal of the House of Representatives, according to a Gannett News Service report.
Marsden said neither him nor Schwarz urged former aide Eric Weiler to file the complaint against Walberg, R-Tipton.
The official congressional seal is supposed to be used only for official government business, according to Democrats.

Meanwhile, Walberg has appointed his staff:

Joe Wicks, chief of staff, overseeing all operations both in the district and in Washington D.C.

Rick Baxter will be the district director and will oversee all district operations. Baxter, a Lenawee Christian school graduate, is a former state representative from Jackson County. He was defeated after serving one term.

Marla Braun, constituent relations, and will be representing Walberg in Hillsdale, Calhoun, Eaton and Branch counties.

Keith Brown, field representative and agricultural liaison, in Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.
Ryan Boeskool, field representative, covering Eaton and Jackson counties. Brown was former U.S. Rep. Nick Smith's district director.

Steve Dennison, grants and special projects coordinator and will specialize in grants and special projects, helping communities in the process of applying for federal grants and loans.

Mary Ann Duffy, constituent relations, will serve Jackson, Washtenaw and Lenawee counties with their interactions with the federal government.

Jill Larder, field representative in Washtenaw and Jackson counties.

Chris Simmons, field representative in Calhoun and Branch counties.

Leeann Yamakawa, office coordinator, will assist with district scheduling and all office functions and duties.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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2:07 PM  

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