Schauer, Walberg Ramp Up Campaigns

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

JACKSON -- It is deja vu all over again.

Democratic incumbent Mark Schauer taking on Republican Tim Walberg for the 7th Congressional District of the U.S. House.

The two have met before in 2008, when Schauer wrested the seat from then-incumbent Walberg.

Now the roles have reversed -- and the venom seems to only have increased.

"They will get very negative," Walberg, 59, said Wednesday of the Schauer campaign. "They understand that the American people have awakened; and they understand that the only way to win this election is to go negative."

Schauer, 48, countered that it's Walberg's people going on the offensive.

"They started attacking me from Day 1," said Schauer, who also served in the Michigan Senate from 2003 to 2009. "And what I'm going to do is talk about my vision of what's good for Michigan."

Wednesday the campaigns found themselves just blocks away from each other in Jackson.

Schauer stopped in at the downtown fire station to check out new masks -- made possible by a federal grant that he sponsored.

He made the rounds thanking the city's firefighters and took som time to call Walberg out on his plans to privatize social security.

"I believe that's a promise that was made to senior citizens and to future generations to make sure that seniors won't have to live in poverty," Schauer said. "So it's a very different philosophy."

Over at the Commonwealth Center, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, stopped in to speak at a fundraiser for Walberg. His security detail whisked him off before we could talk to him, but we did speak with Walberg -- he said his campaign will hinge on just a couple of key issues.

"Jobs and economy," he said matter-of-factly.

And he added his belief that Bush-era policies will help get the economy back on its feet.

"[Voters] see that this approach, having been given a chance, isn't working and is going further down the wrong trail," said Walberg, who served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1998.

Schauer, again, countered.

"I voted to eliminate a tax loophole that rewarded big companies for outsourcing our jobs," he said. "Tim Walberg supports that, so there's a very real difference."

Some early shots in what promises to be a very long, very nasty campaign.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    Like concerned citizen I was invited to one of Schauers phone calls. What a joke the whole point was to tell him how wonderful he is, and not much more. I will be voting for Walburg, he may have done some stuff, but I would pick him over Schauer any day of the week. Oh before I go, I voted for Schauer last time, man was I stupid!
  • by Dave Location: Litchfield, MI on Aug 26, 2010 at 10:44 AM
    Jim forgot about Walberg supporting the bank bail-outs. (True, Walberg wasn't the only one in Congress, he had a lot of company---including Obama and McCain.) Walberg was looking after his friends, the bankers and big business CEOs who got us into this mess. It turned out great for them: they got to keep their jobs with their lavish salaries and even larger bonuses. Essentially they were rewarded. Look at how the bail-out helped the lower and middle class. Do we really need that kind of representation in Washington?
  • by Jennifer Location: Lansing on Aug 26, 2010 at 08:04 AM
    Mark Schauer is very much in touch with his constituents. Holding public forums in every county, and multiple times. He's eager to hear the views of the voters and work to remedy the issues. He's not as the attack ads say a pawn of N. Pelosi, but a very independent thinking representative. He's proven himself well during his YEARS in office and 1 thing has always stayed constant, his loyalty to the state of MI, not to a lobbyist, a party, a corporation but the state/voters and their issues!
  • by Jim Location: Schauer Voting District on Aug 25, 2010 at 08:08 PM
    Walberg represents a far right wing philospphy that is so out of touch with reality that it is hard to believe that anyone in this district seriously considers voting for him. When he was in Congress, he was the only person, Republican or Democrat, on his committee to vote against Head Start funding. His is a guy who would destroy Social Security. My grandmother, who was a working class Irish immigrant, used to tell me stories about what it was like before Social Security. Old people literally starving. And Walberg want to privitize it, and leave us all to the whims of the stock market. If you have a 401k, you know that this is a horrible idea. We need moderate, independent, thoughtful people in Congress like Mark Schauer.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    We dont need yes men who will vote party lines in washington.
  • by Don Location: Lansing on Aug 25, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    Schauer keeps accusing Walberg of things he has not done. I have not seen him speak of things Walberg has done. On the other hand, Walberg's approach has been to show how wrong-headed Schauer has been in the last two years. Walberg spent two years in the U.S. House supporting things that worked. He supported the surge in Iraq (which worked as we now know). He supported tax cuts for everyone (which worked as we now know). Schauer supported the Obama Health Care Plan which promised to reduce taxes and increase care, but which has added so many layers of government agencies and oversight that it will never work well or efficiently. I believe that this plan passed without many of its supporters even taking the time to read it thoroughly (did Schauer?) Schauer supported the Stimulus Plan (which also has not worked). Thus, Schauer has supported things that have not worked while Walberg has supported things that have worked. I want an effective Representative.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Schauer Voting District on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:47 PM
    It is amazing how Mr. Schauer never held and "open" public forum. He did however, hold phone conferences (screened questions) and closed meetings with certain groups. Is he afraid of answering questions from the common citizen? I would hope our next "representative" would meet with everyone, just not the few choosen folks. Mr. Walberg at least did listen to the folks, and didnt just vote how Ms. Nancy told him to vote.
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