Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Walberg Takes Credit for Schwarz's Work

(Thanks to a reader for e-mailing me about this.)

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Congressman Tim Walberg announced a new $550,000 grant for the Family Health Center of Battle Creek. It's a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), which means it often serves underprivileged residents who may not be able to afford health care elsewhere. One of the physicians that works there is none other than Dr. Joe Schwarz, former representative of Michigan's 7th District.

So it's good that Congressman Walberg got them this grant, right?

Well, not quite. From the Enquirer article:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant was secured through the group efforts of those at the Family Health Center, including Dr. Joe Schwarz, a physician at the federally qualified health center (FQHC) who also was the 7th district's U.S. Representative at the time the grant was sought.

When asked if it was a conflict of interest for him to vote in favor of funding, he said no.

"Hell no, it was not a conflict of interest," he said. "It was working for the better of this community and every community that has an FQHC."


[Chief Executive Officer] Jones, however, lambasted Walberg for taking the credit.

"He voted against supporting community health centers," he said. "... Walberg has never been to our community health center. Right now we feel a lack of support at best."

A spokesman for Walberg, Matt Lahr, said he is not aware of any specific legislation to which Jones was referring, and the congressman plans to visit the Family Health Center in the near future.

(Emphasis added.)

In other words, then-Congressman Schwarz fought for the grant, but current-Congressman Walberg is trying to pass it off as one of his accomplishments, even though it's an idea he opposes.

Real classy, Congressman Walberg.

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