Schauer Concedes

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

There was a sense of shock at the Schauer camp Tuesday after he lost his 7th congressional seat, but following his concession speech, he alluded to the fact that this was much bigger than him, or his campaign even, it was more about the national political trend.

"It's going to be a close loss when all the votes are counted," Schauer said, "but in a time when the cards were stacked against us, you almost pulled off a miracle."

Congressman Mark Schauer admitted he didn't plan on making a concession speech Tuesday night, but before a crowd of supporters at a Battle Creek Hotel, he didn't make any excuses either.

"I just called Tim Walberg and reminded him how important it is to represent all of the people of this district," Schauer said.

Tears were shed by staffers and supporters alike, but Schauer urged them to keep their heads up. The past two years, he said, were well worth it.

"You have literally saved businesses, communities and lives," he said.

Pundits are already suggesting the passage of Obama's health care plan was ultimately what took down the democrats this election cycle, but Schauer said if that's true, that's OK with him.

"If that vote cost me my job, then I will sleep like a baby every night for the rest of my life," Schauer said.

Schauer said he does not know what the future holds for him, only that he knows it will be positive. He did not take any questions from reporters afterward, so we could not ask him if he plans to run again.

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  • by anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 04:32 AM
    People might want to check and see all the different groups that funded Wallberg's ads targeting Schauer. It might surprise you to find out the organizations and the wealth behind these organizations. Does this mean Wallberg will have to vote the way his wealthy supporters want him to vote or can he stand up to them and be his own man? I think we will continue to see the gap widen between the wealthy and the middle class (who are poor now according to statistics).
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    If the GOP can't fix Michigan we will vote those guys out in 2012!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    He has been in office for two years and he could not bring many jobs to the jackson or BC area. I would have kept him in office he did not vote along party lines so often. If he took a stand against one of the many bad decisions, i would have voted to keep him in office.
  • by Dave Location: Litchfield, MI on Nov 3, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    It is with amazement that people could vote against their own self-interest. There are many families in Hillsdale and Jackson counties struggling to survive; many on food stamps, unemployment benefits, welfare, or fixed incomes. Many of these very same families had decent living wage jobs until those jobs shipped overseas; a position that Walberg still, and has, wholeheartedly supports. A major problem in this area, in fact the whole country, is having enough high paying jobs that a family can live on. Yet, most of the country has voted in Republicans whose main concern is more profit, less regulation, and less legal responsibilities for Big Oil and Banking; a part of which is outsourcing jobs overseas to countries paying their workers less than a dollar a day. I foresee Walberg, again, like he did in his first term, helping his friends ship jobs, and American wealth, overseas; while us American workers are hungry and homeless.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    Mr. Schauer lost because he voted with Obama and Pelosi to bankrupt our Country. He lost because, when asked about the specifics of the bills he voted in favor of, he could not provide details because he had not bothered to read the bills. He lost because he became a coward and wouldn't face the voters at community meetings to respond to their growing concerns. He lost because he bussed in fake, paid supporters to march in front of his office. He lost because he was unworthy of our trust or respect.
  • by Barry Location: Delta Township on Nov 3, 2010 at 09:30 AM
    Now that Jason Colthorp influenced the republican primary election and then the general election through his bias actions in both debates in which he was the moderator must have celebrating with the Walberg family and fellow supporters last night in Jackson. Well, at least my family continues to vote year round considering we are a 3 TV Nielsen family. If we do watch an NBC or FOX show it is done either directly @ the NBC or FOX websites or we do On-Demand. We make a point of letting it be known that WE DO NOT WATCH WILX or WSYM news and other local programmings. We also let it be known that our decision is based on their political encouragement of their viewers.
  • by Brandon Location: Jackson on Nov 3, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    Schauer might have won had he not pandered to the billionaires by supporting the Bush tax cuts for the filthy rich, if he had explained the health care reforms properly, and if he had run a more efficient more thoughtful campaign. His campaign was terribly mismanaged. Walberg represents outside interests, and not this district, and it is a sham to have him hold this seat.
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