JACKSON – Today Congressman Mark Schauer (D-MI) was endorsed by the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce over former Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI), whom the Chamber previously endorsed in 2008. The news follows an announcement yesterday from Next Alternative, Inc. (NAI), outlining its plans for a new battery assembly plant and up to 100 new jobs in Battle Creek, with assistance from Congressman Schauer.
Did you see that? The Marshall C of C endorsed Walberg in 2008 but they are now endorsing Schauer.
He also got the endorsement of the Toledo Blade an Ohio newspaper with readers in Southeastern Michigan.
Stretching from Lenawee and Hillsdale counties to Jackson and Battle Creek, and including some Ann Arbor and Lansing suburbs, [the 7th D]istrict is as diverse as it is volatile. Although the district’s voters are mostly Republican, they have elected four different representatives from both parties in the past four elections.
Tim Walberg, a former state lawmaker and fundamentalist minister, defeated U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz in the 2006 Republican primary.
Mr. Schwarz, a moderate, was seen as one of Congress’ best-qualified freshmen when he was elected in 2004.
But he lost two years later, after the Manhattan-based antitax group Club for Growth poured vast sums into Mr. Walberg’s campaign.
Mr. Walberg barely won the seat that fall against an obscure organic farmer.
Two years ago, he lost in the general election to Mr. Schauer, then a state senator from Battle Creek.
That outcome was partly due to President Obama’s statewide victory. But it also happened because Mr. Schauer, a devout Methodist with moderate stands on most issues, was far more representative of the district than Mr. Walberg, who pursued a hard-right social agenda.
Mr. Walberg is trying to reclaim the seat this fall, but MARK SCHAUER’s performance this term has shown he deserves re-election.
Finally, a bill introduced by Congressman Schauer to tighten regulations on oil pipeline companies was passed by Congress last night before they left for break:
The U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Mark Schauer’s Corporate Liability and Emergency Accident Notification (CLEAN) Act last night. The bill tightens regulation on pipelines carrying hazardous materials, shortening the time a company has to report problems to the government and increasing fines for safety violations.
Seems like Schauer’s on a roll these days…
I’m just sayin’…