Saturday, October 07, 2006
Tim Walberg - Fiscal Conservative?
On Tim Walberg's website, his biography page includes the following:
That bold emphasis, by the way, is original from the page. It's clear that he considers himself a "principled voice for less government spending," and he wants you to know that. It's a constant theme from the first day of his campaign-- he's "pro-taxpayer" and anti-spending.
But is he really so principled? Will he stand and say no, with all his strength, to extra spending? Obviously it's something he feels very strongly about, that a minimalist, hands-off government is best. Does he put that into practice?
In the comments, a reader points us toward The Truth About Tim Walberg, a website operated by Republicans Who Care. Perhaps this was their answer to the "Joe Schwarz is a Liberal" website the Club for Growth created during the primary. I have to admit, I actually felt some sympathy for Walberg when visiting that website, because it showed there's a little more to him than the "Mr. No" he campaigns on. He really will spend some money when he thinks it's worth it, and, to a "tax-and-spend liberal" like me, I appreciate it.
Mind you, my sympathy didn't last long. Even someone like me might hesitate for a moment before voting to allow state spending on color television for prison inmates. That's just me, though.
If you're a conservative Republican that supports Tim Walberg because you feel he's an honest, fiscal conservative, you might want to read more about the Truth About Tim Walberg. The truth is, he's not the anti-spending advocate he claims to be. He'll spend just as much as anyone else, when he feels like it.
Labels: 2006 Election
Joe Schwarz is a fiscal conservative. We should have kept him if that's the kind of Rep you want.
The Walberg record is absymal, thanks for posting the Truth site on Walberg. Just goes to prove how unethical and out of touch this guy was to paint Schwarz as a free-spending liberal, which he really wasn't whe you honestly compare the records. I'm afraid we are going to get two years of this baffoon. Doubt if he will be reelected with a good Dem running or perhaps Schwarz will return.
just goes to show how important voting in the primary is.
I certainly hope the media holds his feet to the fire and watches him like a hawk.
"The Walberg record is absymal, thanks for posting the Truth site on Walberg. Just goes to prove how unethical and out of touch this guy was to paint Schwarz as a free-spending liberal, which he really wasn't whe you honestly compare the records. I'm afraid we are going to get two years of this baffoon. Doubt if he will be reelected with a good Dem running or perhaps Schwarz will return."
That sums things up pretty well, actually. As a free-spending liberal myself, I can honestly say Joe Schwarz wasn't one, nor would this district ever have elected one, from any party.
That said, we don't have to be stuck with Walberg for two years. Sharon Renier might not always be the most impressive candidate, but she's a good, moderate woman and I think we're going to be surprised by how much support she has this year.
The important thing will be to see whether it's enough support to defeat Tim Walberg. That's where the hard work comes in. Come 2008, I'd welcome a race between an incumbent Democrat and Joe Schwarz coming to reclaim his seat (or any other moderate). What I hope we avoid is a repeat of the 2006 primary, but with Schwarz or someone like him challenging Walberg.
"I certainly hope the media holds his feet to the fire and watches him like a hawk."
I can't speak for the traditional media, but I know that if Walberg wins, this blog will continue operations.
Why is Walberg's website still the exact same as it was in August? The most recent new article he has is from August 14th. This guy thinks he was annointed by God to be our Representative in Congress. Where are they and what are they doing? Chumming it up with the Vice President up in Mike Roger's district is not getting him any closer to winning.
It's like he is totally oblivious to the fact that the republican party is reeling and he is doing nothing to help. In fact, he is a drag on GOP resources. The state party must raise his money and the Vice President must have better things to do than spend 18 minutes raising money for a "real republican" in "the most conservative district" in the country. (The two claims in quotes are both from Walberg and further demonstrate he is aloof, arrogant and ingnorant.
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Above is a link to an NY Times story on Walberg. It would appear that Club for Growth has placed a very positive story for him. If they went beyond the numbers and conjecture, they have a whold differnt story. This type of general story is something you would expect from the Times.
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