As I have reported before, Jackson County Democratic Party Chair Ruben Marquez has entered the race to challenge Tim “The Original Tea Partier” Walberg in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District.
Marquez announced after Republican Joe Schwarz declined to run as a Democrat. This gave him less than two weeks to secure the required 1,000 petitions signatures to get on the ballot for the August primary.
He was successful.
I learned this morning that Marquez gathered 1,652 signatures in just 11 days. This puts him on the ballot for the August primary, running against Kurt Haskell. Haskell’s claim to fame is that he was on the same Detroit flight as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the famed “Underwear Bomber” of Northwest flight 253 on Christmas day in 2009. Haskell insists this was an inside job conducted by the U.S. government. No, I’m not kidding.
I am particularly thrilled that the Michigan Democratic Party has been directly involved in helping Ruben’s candidacy. The MDP helped organize an all-out effort involving interns, volunteers and staffers to obtain the required signatures in this amazingly short window of time and their efforts clearly paid off.
I look forward to working to do whatever I can to help Ruben Marquez defeat the odious incumbent in the 7th District and I hope that everyone in MI-07 will join me.