Monday, August 14, 2006
Walberg and Renier On The Issues
Just before the primary, the Adrian Daily Telegram provided issue positions for both Republican candidates and all four Democratic candidates. Taken from direct answers given from the candidates, it's interesting to see the contrast between Tim Walberg and Sharon Renier.
Below, the positions given to the newspaper (emphasis added):
Abortion: Candidates were asked for their positions on abortion.
Environmental and energy policy: Candidates were asked whether they support tax breaks and incentives for alternative fuels like ethanol, and whether they support drilling for oil in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge.
Iraq: Candidates were asked for their opinions on the war in Iraq, specifically the withdrawal of American troops.
Canadian trash: The candidates were asked if they believe Congress should intervene in the importation of Canadian trash to Michigan landfills.
Death penalty: The candidates were asked if they support the death penalty as it is used today in federal cases.
Gun control: Candidates were asked to describe their positions on gun rights.
Immigration: Candidates were asked to describe their opinions on immigration reform and say whether they had heard any national proposals with which they generally agreed.
Gay marriage: Candidates were asked whether they support the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would change the Constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Social Security: The candidates were asked for their thoughts on Social Security and whether they believe in President Bush’s proposals for partial privatization of the system.
Fiscal policy: Candidates were asked if they believe the Bush tax cuts should be made permanent.
Illegal drugs: The candidates were asked if they support the legalization of illegal drugs or the liberalization of current drug laws.
Hi Walberg Watch!
I'm glad someone is keeping an eye on this race past the primary. It's easy to let it slip by. I'm working on a political campaign in that district as well: Martin Griffin for state representative. Marty's running against what amounts to Walberg's younger brother, Rick Baxter. We just launched our campaign site and I was wondering if you'd be interested in posting a link or doing a little blogging about the race: http://www.martingriffin.net
Thanks a lot!
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Great job. This is a big race with serious consequences. It will be hard to overcome all the out of state funds that Walberg is getting (most of his money is from out of state).
I tried to talk to some GOP reps locally about Tim's position on Free Trade and outsourcing, but they said they didn't know what his position was except that he supported "economic growth" (which is often a euphemism for Ross Perot's giant sucking sound).
This is probably the biggest issue in the district. And, from his conspicuous lack of a position on the matter, is probably one that he is worried about engaging. Might be good for grassroots education and workshops.
Walberg's position on any economic issue will be exactly whatever the Club for Growth tells him. If you want to know, check out their website. Then, write Walberg a letter asking the question. He will probably even use some of the same language they use.
He will be a terrible congressman, but will create an amazing opportunity for the democrats in '08 to take this "safe-GOP" seat right before redistricting.
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Walberg is essentially a liar who will say and do anything. He will be a fully-owned puppet of CFG. He has serious integrity problems, if elected he will be useless and irrelevant.
The GOP leadership knows the score and will see to it he his kept on a very short leash which will be a huge detriment to the 7th.
We really screwed ourselves by not seeing to it Schwarz stayed in office. The 9 percent of the electorate that got Walberg elected must be very proud of themselves, they are a very small-minded and selfish group of people.
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