Thursday, March 06, 2008
Skubick: Schwarz Won't Run
Promoted back to the top... It's in the subscription-only MIRS today, but you can read a longer, (presumably) earlier draft of the article at Tim Skubick's blog. - Fitzy
It really didn't look very likely that Joe Schwarz would run again, but for those of you still holding out hope, journalist Tim Skubick brings us this:
So, from the looks of it, Joe Schwarz just isn't interested in going through it again. And who can blame him? After decades of service, conservative members of his own party trashed his record and defeated him in a bitter, divisive primary. A life-long Republican, Schwarz now says he has trouble calling himself a member of the party.
As for Schwarz as Secretary of the Navy, I have no doubt he'd be well-suited to the role. However, given the condition that John McCain is elected president for that to happen, I'm kind of hoping he doesn't get that dream job. But that's presidential politics, and not what this blog is about.
This more or less settles the race into Walberg versus Schauer/Renier, with no other likely variables. However, this could change if someone like Clark Bisbee decides to challenge Walberg in the primary.
Clark (and other potential challengers), you have until May 13 by 4:00PM.
I'm a Schwarz supporter and I'm absolutely appalled by what the GOP has done to him. What they let happen in the 06 primary was simply inexcusable. The GOP in Michigan is irrevelant and heading for a huge fall. If they were concerned about keeping the 7th a GOP district they should have worked harder to ensure he was reelected.Post a Comment
Their leadership is beyond weak and in 06 Saul lost pretty much everything; the governorship, every county board, every university seat and he let Walberg go to Congress. Then the GOP plutocrats reelected him Chairman (whom Michigan Liberal overwhelmingly endorsed). Go figure?
I would have liked to have seen Schwarz run and make Walberg work for the nomination and just see how much Club for Growth cared about him. Schwarz accomplished a great deal in his two years in Congress and was one of the top freshmen in his class. He could of helped bring the GOP back to the center, but that's not going to happen anytime soon anyway. I can certainly understand why he wouldn't want to deal with that BS again.
Walberg can't hold a candle to him in his personal, professional or political life. I do know that Schwarz has continued to do many things behind the scenes for the district even though he is out of office. He has continued to go to bat for Amtrak and the Michigan Railroad Workers, among other things.
Schwarz will champion life-affirming stem cell research and will continue to fight off the wacko-right, who just don't get it. I think Schauer will win overwhelmingly and will represent our District far better than the charlatan Walberg does.
Walberg is simply wrong for our district, no matter which party you identify with. His days are numbered, and so is the Michigan GOP in my opinion.
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