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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  • by On the Fence on Aug 11, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    I never had a problem with Schauer, thought he was ok, even voted for him. But, I had a comment on an important issue, and was invited into one of his phone chats. Was told that I was on the list to be talked to. The only people he talked to only wanted to tell him how wonderful he was, and that was the entire hour long phone chat with Schauer. He did not address my question, which never got asked, and only talked about how wonderful he is. I am not for Walburg either. In my book they both stink. One thing they have nailed Schauer correctly on is that he votes exactly as Polosi seems to tell him to. She is not from Michigan and some of the stuff he is voting for is not in the best interest of Michigan.
  • by Melissa Location: 7th District on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:15 AM
    I looked into Americans for Prosperity and was impressed after attending their rally. The Schauer people were rude and obnoxious. The people there were local from Michigan not bussed in. Interesting that the reporter got their name wrong. I am sick of all this wasteful spending and interference in our lives. He's gotta go! We need to downsize DC!
  • by Barbara Location: Dexter on Aug 10, 2010 at 03:10 PM
    Mark fights for Michigan jobs and workers, not Billionaires like the Koch Brothers who fund AFP. Vote Wall Street Wally if you want your job to go to China (the only government in the world that forces women to have abortions, by the way). My vote's going to Mark!
  • by Angry Worker Location: 7th District Michigan on Aug 10, 2010 at 02:01 PM
    People seem to have forgotten that Walberg was the 7th District Congressman when the Bank Bail-out was passed in 2008; which, if I remember correctly, Walberg supported. You know, bail-out the big banks while us workers were losing our jobs and being forced to go on unemployment. Of course, the Big Bankers, (Walberg's friends), got to keep their jobs. Keep their huge salaries. (Don't forget the billions they earned in big bonuses and rewards!) All they had to do was promise not to do it again. While us workers, all around the country, if we still had a job, (or were lucky to get an anther one), had to take paycuts and do our laid-off co-workers job as well as our own. From $12 per hour to $15 per hour to work for minimum wage. Most of us are still looking for work.
  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Aug 10, 2010 at 11:59 AM
    Anonymous; I agree with you. I have a real problem with people being bussed in and people buying houses in an area in order to run for Congress like Rooney did. I support Mark Schauer and know first hand that he is very involved with his constituents and can not please everyone. I like the fact that he cares. I am so sick and tired of negativity and mud slinging. I just would like to hear positive comments.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    I'll make sure that I continue to exercise my right to vote. Mark Schauer is my congressman and I continue to support him. I am a life long resident of Jackson county and politically active. I was at the rally yesterday and the folks on the bus from Alabama passing out their "our sourced" t-shirts can keep on traveling down the road. Last time the anti-Schauer people were demonstrating on that street corner, those in favor of Mark were accused of being bussed in. I wonder why nobody has a problem with a group of bussed in folks comming into Jackson to attack Mark Schauer?
  • by Nancy Location: Jackson on Aug 10, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    I was present outside the fenced parking lot where perhaps 20 LOCAL people gathered to listen to the AFP speakers. One speaker identified himself as a registered lobbyist. They have a very shiny bus with a lot of half-truths splashed across it. They also gave out T-shirts with their slogans, and the labels: "made in honduras". Their plan will not help Michigan, but send even more jobs overseas. Those who listen to a paid lobbyist instead of investigating the facts are not likely to be truly informed voters. I hope they will check out multiple neutral sources before swallowing all the AFP's manipulated half-truths. Our country works well when informed voters make wise choices.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2010 at 04:50 AM
    Wehn are where will they be in Lansing, I will sign.
  • by Megan A. Location: Charlotte on Aug 9, 2010 at 10:09 PM
    AFP is a Pro-Tobacco, Anti-Union, Anti-Stimulus Astroturf group that is bankrolled by special interest conglomerates like ExxonMobile and Koch Industries. Doesn't sound like progress to me!
  • by Rick Location: Grass Lake on Aug 9, 2010 at 08:14 PM
    I was at the rally today, which was peaceful unless you were standing outside the parking lot with the Schauer supporters. They felt obligated to interrrupt the rally and really demonstrated their ignorance and lack of respect for other Americans. If these are the people who vote for Schauer, then it will be a pleasure to vote him out of office in November.
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