Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Schauer Endorsed By AA News and Detroit Free Press

There have been two significant pre-primary endorsements, though both from out-of-district newspapers. First, the Ann Arbor News:

In the 2006 race to represent District 7 in the U.S. House of Representatives, Sharon Renier was the Democratic nominee going up against Republican Tim Walberg, who won that election. Now, Renier and state Sen. Mark Schauer are battling in the Democratic primary, with the winner taking on Walberg in November.

Schauer is by far the strongest candidate in this primary.

They also have some unkind things to say about Sharon Renier:
It's puzzling how Renier, an organic farmer from Munith, has done so well in past Democratic primaries. We can only assume it's because most voters don't have the opportunity to talk to her directly. We did, and were taken aback by her virulent hostility toward Schauer and her extremist statements. As one example, she said she fears for our nation's sovereignty because our government is secretly working to create a North American Union, similar to the European Union. That claim is the kind of conspiracy theory that gets great play on the Internet, but isn't taken seriously elsewhere - nor should it be.
Ouch. That seems... harsh.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press has this to say:
District 7 (all or parts of seven counties in the south-central Lower Peninsula and the cities of Battle Creek, Jackson, Hillsdale, Coldwater, Adrian and Charlotte): State Sen. MARK SCHAUER of Battle Creek would be the strongest Democratic candidate against U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, who was elected two years ago. Schauer, 46, is the Senate Democratic leader and a proven vote-getter in areas that lean Republican. He has been a thoughtful legislator, focused on protecting and creating jobs.
So far, these are the only pre-primary newspaper endorsements I know about.

Neither of these are all that unexpected, and I've got to think that these aren't endorsements Sharon Renier was really hoping to get. She's running an anti-establishment, "voice of the people" campaign that doesn't rely on traditional campaigning or endorsements from institutions like unions or newspapers. Endorsements like this reinforce the idea that Schauer is just "more of the same," as Renier claims.

At the same time, this has to hurt Renier... a lot. She's got a serious cash disadvantage, and without the ability to put out her own message, she needs free or low-cost alternatives to break through. I've already written about how she's not using the internet (though, apparently, she claims she is), and a major newspaper endorsement could boost her campaign significantly. If she can't manage any endorsements, she misses one of her few opportunities.

As of July 09, 2008, I have been working with the Schauer for Congress campaign in Lenawee County. My thoughts and writings are my own opinions, and I do not speak for Senator Schauer or anyone else in his organization.

NOTE: This disclaimer was added a few days late... I keep forgetting to add it at the end.

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I can say with some degree of certainty that Reiner captured a lot of GOP votes which were anti-Walberg votes. It had little to do with her politics.

The Schwarz supporters were asleep at the switch in August 06 and failed to vote, which allowed Walberg to narrowly win with a very small percentage. In November, many GOP'ers pulled the lever for Sharon as a protest to Walberg's sleazy campaign backed by Club for Growth.
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