Wednesday, February 20, 2008
"Dick and me was just like peas and carrots again. He showed me around and even introduced me to some of his new friends."
With apologies to Forrest Gump, and kudos to "Blogging for Michigan" for the first post on this;
From the Battle Creek Enquirer http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080220/NEWS01/802200304/1002/NEWS01
Press officials for Vice President Dick Cheney confirmed Tuesday he is scheduled to make a stop at the Marshall home of Fred and Arlene Homann on March 7 during a private, invitation-only fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton.
Details about Cheney's visit were scant among local Republicans.
Fred Homann said he was asked by a friend to host the party.
"I'm just supplying the facility, if you will," he said. "I'm not sending out any of the invitations or anything like that."
Homann said he is a Republican supporter and, while he has held fundraisers for GOP candidates at his home before, he's never hosted a big-name guest before.
"I am very excited to have the vice president come to Calhoun County," Walberg said about Cheney's visit.
Scott Durham, chairman of the Calhoun County Republican Party, said Cheney's visit will help highlight local issues and frame them in a national discussion.
"It's fantastic any time any of these national figures swings through Calhoun County," he said.
Megan Mitchell, Cheney's press secretary, said the vice president is scheduled to be in Illinois earlier in the day, prior to his stop in Marshall.
Cheney has been campaigning this year to support Republican senators and members of Congress, Mitchell said.
"I've been with him at several events, and I think he's been very well received," Mitchell said. "The vice president intends to work hard throughout 2008 to return the House and Senate to a Republican majority."
Durham said Walberg's race against either state Sen. Mark Schauer, D-Bedford Township, or Sharon Renier, D-Munith, will be tough.
"I think what I've heard from people in Washington and people in our communities is that Tim's doing all the right things in both places," he said. "The vice president isn't going to come out for just anybody."
President George W. Bush, Cheney's boss, endorsed Walberg's rival, former Rep. Joe Schwarz, R-Battle Creek, in 2006.
Ed Sarpolus, vice president of the Lansing-based polling firm EPIC/MRA, said Cheney is stumping for Walberg as part of a concerted Republican effort to protect two Republican congressman: Walberg in the 7th District and Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Township, in Michigan's 9th Congressional District.
"It sounds like they're beginning to realize that Tim's going to need some money," he said. "This is one of the seats they are watching. They can't afford to lose too many seats."
Sarpolus said Cheney "likes to hang around people who are like him," and in the Republican-heavy 7th District, Cheney's visit to Walberg's fundraiser could be a much-needed boost for the congressman's campaign.
"The point is that everybody knows what they think of Dick," he said. "No matter what they think of the vice president, they're willing to pay to see him."
Earlier this month, Schauer surpassed Walberg in fundraising. Schauer reported collecting more than $350,000 during the last three months of 2007 and ended the quarter with more than $500,000 in his account.
During the same period, Walberg reported raising about $151,000 and ended with about $438,000 in his account.
Can't wait to hang the "Cheney likes to hang around people who are like him" on Tim for the campaign! Please, for heaven's sake, someone get pictures of the two buddies.
I also think the comment, "everybody knows what they think of Dick", is one hundred percent on target...
UPDATE By Fitzy: Eric B. at Michigan Liberal sums it up perfectly:
This is precisely the shot-in-the-arm Tim Walberg needs right now. He lags behind in fund raising, his own people are plotting to overthrow him, and now he brings in basically the only politician less popular in the United States than Castro, and the only American less popular than O.J.Indeed.
Today on WKHM talk radio in Jackson, a regular caller said that Tim lied to the caller's face at the Town Hall meeting on Tuesday evening in Jackson. When called on it, Tim just asked for a new question, the caller said.
I received an invite to the Walberg-Cheney bash in Marshall. Not sure why I got it, I supported Schwarz at one time and I guess I'm on the desperation list. I'm morally and philosophically opposed to Walberg. They wasted postage on it.
Anyway, this is the first time I've ever been invited to a political event and asked for my Social Security Number on the reply card. The invite states "For White House Security Purposes"
Wow, is this what our nation has come to? You must be background checked to attend a $1,000 fundraiser at a private residence?
What's the old saying by Franklin. "He who gives up a little freedom for security deserves neither freedom or security?"
Yes idiot, this country "has come to" doing a background check if you are going to be 3 feet from the vice-president. This country "came to" this a long time ago. You think someone wanting to assassinate our V.P. wouldn't spend $1000? Again, you are an idiot.Post a Comment
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