Anti-Schauer Bus Tour Comes to Jackson

By: Jessica Harbin Email
By: Jessica Harbin Email

Americans for Prosperity already has its eye on November. This Washington DC based conservative activism group is wasting no time trying to draw out supporters. Supporters like those who turned up in Jackson Monday.

"We are really not here to convert people," said AFP Michigan representative Scott Hagerstrom, "we're here just to promote economic liberty, free markets and limited government."

While they are drawing early attention to the congressional race between Democrat Mark Schauer and Republican Tim Walberg, the AFP has emphaszing that their "November is Coming" campaign is about more than the individuals.

"We are all about the issues, we don't endorse candidates," Hagerstrom said.

Protesters of the event didn't see the stop as being only about the issues.

Zack Pohl, a member of the Schauer campaign, told WILX: "They're here for one reason and one reason only, and that's to prop up Tim Walberg's campaign."

Americans for Prosperity has actually been paying for anti-Schauer attack adds since last Wednesday. Schauer's camp warned voters about the claims, saying, "You've got to consider the source. Whenever a big outside special interest group starts spending money, you have to consider where the money is coming from when you consider anything they say in the ads."

But Schauer's campaign is not going to take the attacks lying down.

"They are gonna say what they are gonna say," Pohl said, adding, "but we are ready to fight back, we are not going to sit around and let these outside groups come around and influence our election."

The Americans for Prosperity tour continues tomorrow in Delta Township, before it moves on to Indiana.


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