Friday, May 16, 2008
Schwarz Watch: Wayne State University?
Update: Oops. As pointed out in a comment, the decision was already made, a couple of days before I posted this. See, when I see an interesting article, I bookmark it to come back to later. This one (as with many lately) I came back to a couple of weeks later, and failed to check my facts before hand.
Congressman Schwarz was not selected. Still, everything nice I say below still stands, and I wish Schwarz luck in any future pursuits.
Don't worry, "Schwarz Watch" doesn't mean I'm planning on starting another blog. However, while not necessarily connected with Congressman Tim Walberg's adventures in Washington (and the need to end them this November), I thought this was worth mentioning. Susan Demas brought us this earlier this month:
President Joe Schwarz?(Emphasis added.)
I've mentioned it before, but it's worth repeating that I have an enormous amount of respect for Congressman Schwarz. I never voted for him, as I'm a progressive Democrat and he's a right-leaning moderate Republican-turned-independent, but he's more than qualified for just about any job he would want. More than that he is (or at least comes across as) a genuinely decent person. I started Walberg Watch in part out of disgust for the way Walberg and his friends at the Club for Growth treated an honorable public servant.
Of course, Demas brings politics into the article at the very end. It makes sense, and is also my justification for posting this story here.
Although Democrats don't think Schwarz will run as an independent in the 7th Congressional district this year, some see that as a possibility. If Schwarz were to get the WSU job, a 7th Congressional District run would be taken off the table, which would arguably benefit Democratic challenger Sen. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek.Schwarz was quoted by Tim Skubick as saying he wouldn't run, but I'm sure there's that tiny little piece of him that wants to get back into the race. So, yeah, there is the partisan Democrat piece of me that hopes he gets the Wayne State University job to prevent him from making an independent run and splitting the anti-Walberg vote.
But mostly, I hope he gets the job because he deserves it, and, while I don't know much about these things, I think he'd be good at it.
Goodluck, Congressman Schwarz, regardless of what you choose to do.
Unfortunatly, Dr. Schwarz did not get the position. My gut feeling it was political. He's too much of a maverick and would actually make progress for Wayne.
It's unfortunate they took an academic physican from Nebraska who will have to learn to deal with all the things that make Detroit and Michigan unique insteand of someone who knows and understands all the relationships WSU has with the state and city. They blew a great chance to have someone who could not only make a difference for WSU, but the City of Detroit as well.
Detroit will continue to struggle and suffer under the underacheiving status quo. Schwarz would have been an element Detroit needs. Too bad.
Hopefully there will be a place for him in the McCain administration.
Yep, the McCain administration. You mean the one in November working at the beer distributorship in Phoenix? If it's ok with Cindy?
schwarz will never sit on that seat again. he did absolutely nothing for this state while he was there and we have been better off since.
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