Friday, October 24, 2008

Detroit Free Press Endorses Mark Schauer and Gary Peters

*Edit for those hitting 2014: Note the date. This is 2008.*

A double endorsement for change - Mark Schauer and Gary Peters pick up the Freep's recommendation.

Here's the endorsement for Schauer-

As for the 7th District contest, Schauer, 47, has been in the state Legislature since 1997, and, unlike archconservative Walberg, believes that government can do more to help and protect people than just cut taxes and get out of their way. He has done considerable ground-level work to bring businesses and jobs to the Battle Creek area and says that securing health care coverage for all Americans is "an economic issue as well as a moral issue."


Walberg's first term was notable in part for a press release he issued taking credit for a federal grant to build a new runway at Battle Creek's airport -- in a bill that Walberg voted against. He explained that the full bill contained too much pork barrel spending. The League of Conservation Voters made Walberg a member of its 2008 "Dirty Dozen" in Congress for his record on environmental issues.

Walberg has certainly been true to his principles -- the American Conservative Union gave him a 100% rating last year -- but the 7th District would be better served by electing Mark Schauer to Congress on Nov. 4.

And for Peters -

Peters, 49, is a former state senator who was most recently commissioner of the state Lottery, where, despite Michigan's economic woes, he managed to increase sales -- and cut payroll. While a member of the Rochester Hills City Council, Peters managed the local offices of two major investment firms. He has also been director of investments for the state Treasury and just completed his obligation to the U.S. Naval Reserve, where he was a lieutenant commander and sharpshooter.

That background, in finance, the military, management, and state and local government, should make Peters an instant asset to the majority Democratic caucus in the U.S. House next fall, especially as Congress wrestles with new regulations to prevent a recurrence of the collapse in the credit system.

Congratulations, gentlemen. Now go win those districts!

UPDATE: Battle Creek Enquirer endorses Schauer as well. Go read.
UPDATE 2: Add the Lansing State Journal to the list.