Walberg Recall Effort Gets Green Light

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Jackson resident has gotten approval to begin a recall campaign against U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, but Walberg's campaign attorney says the Republican congressman may challenge the recall in court.

James Carr has 90 days to collect at least 50,000 signatures to hold a special election against the freshman lawmaker, whose 7th District stretches from Adrian in Lenawee County west and north to Battle Creek.

On Monday, the Lenawee County Elections Commission approved the wording of a recall campaign against Walberg, of Tipton.

Walberg attorney Eric Doster said recalling a member of Congress violates the U.S. Constitution, which has no provision for recalling presidents or U.S. senators or representatives.

But state Elections Division director Chris Thomas said Tuesday that state law allows for such recalls.

"Our law says you can, and no one has issued an opinion saying that you can't," he told The Associated Press. Thomas said he could not remember any previous recall efforts against a member of Congress being filed with his office.

Carr, 77, said his recall takes aim at Walberg's support of the Iraq war.

"How can you fight a war and spend billions of dollars and not pay for it?" Carr said of the mounting war debt being passed on to future generations. "That's one thing my conservative father taught me: You pay your bills."

Doster told the Jackson Citizen Patriot for a story Tuesday that Walberg may file suit in the next week or so in state or federal court to challenge Carr's efforts.

Carr's recall effort will require valid signatures from 25 percent of the 2006 gubernatorial voters in the 7th District, which includes all or part of Lenawee, Branch, Eaton, Calhoun, Hillsdale and Washtenaw counties. He said that petitions were to be printed and ready for distribution Tuesday.

If Carr can get the signatures and the state Elections Division approves the petitions, a special recall election against Walberg would be held in either February or May.

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  • by Mark Location: Jackson on Aug 8, 2007 at 06:33 AM
    Everyone should sign these petitions as a sign of protest. If one comes around to me, I am thinking of signing it as Homer J Simpson, 745 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield. These petition workers only ask you if you are a registered voter and if you could sign their petition.
  • by Rick Location: Stockbridge on Aug 7, 2007 at 08:12 PM
    Mr Carr is either a liar, or a puppet. In either case, we had a name for his kind years ago.....PINKO!
  • by clarence Hill on Aug 7, 2007 at 06:09 PM
    How can you impeach someone just because you disagree with his policy. I beleive we should stay and get the job done or we,ll be fighting on the streets of the USA. I support President Bush & rep. Tim Walberg. A 1965 Viet Nam vet.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Aug 7, 2007 at 05:57 PM
    Government work is in progress. To be at government standard, productivity must be set aside to handle various whims, money must be squandered and real leaders must get annoyed.
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