Thursday, August 23, 2007

Mark Schauer to run for Congress

To be honest- part of me is thrilled he is running, part of me is heartbroken at the thought of not having him here.

But- we want what is best for the Senator, and we want the BEST representing Michigan in Washington - so-


Walberg is toast.

LANSING, Mich. -- State Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer said Thursday he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg in the 2008 election after declining earlier overtures to enter the race.

"Tim Walberg is not doing the job," Schauer told The Associated Press on Thursday. "He is serving a very narrow interest. He's really been a servant of the Bush-Cheney administration and the extreme special interests in Washington."


Schauer filed paperwork to run in the 7th District, which includes parts of seven counties in south-central Michigan. It has been targeted by Democrats because Walberg, of Tipton, failed to capture 50 percent of the vote in last year's election.

Schauer, who had pledged to Senate Democrats to serve out his full four-year term as minority leader through 2010, said he will keep being the Democratic leader while running for Congress. He said he changed his mind about running after being approached by both rank-and-file constituents and party leaders.

The push by others for him to join the race "almost became deafening," Schauer said.

Gonna need a bumpersticker. And a t-shirt.

Best of luck, Senator Schauer!