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Cross-posted at Eclectablog.com and Blogging for Michigan.

Honestly, with all I know about Tim Walberg, Republican Tea Party candidate for MI-07, this shouldn't surprise me. But ... well ... it does. Because as wrong-headed and bad for this state as Tim Walberg is, I never thought he was a complete and utter fool. Now he has gone and opened his mouth to, as they say, remove all doubt. Here he is on a live call-in radio show on WBCK yesterday:

Caller: Uhh, my question is do you believe this president was born in America? Because I have not seen enough evidence to say that he is an American citizen. And do you believe that he is a Muslim?

Tim Walberg: You know, I don't know. I really don't know. We don't have enough information about this, uh, this president. He was never given a job interview that was complete.

But that's not the issue now. He is president. Right now, we need to make sure he doesn't remain as president. Whether he's American, a Muslim, a Christian, you name it. He does not know what to do to run this...this great, great country. He doesn't even believe in the greatness of America, in the exceptionalism of its people. And that's why we need to spend more time making sure that his party and HE does not return to power.

Aye, aye, aye... I don't even know what to do with this type of inanity. For me, that's always been something from the loony tunes teabaggers but this guy is running for Congress. AGAIN. Right here where I live.

First of all, Mr. Walberg, President Obama's citizenship is not an issue. He has released his birth certificate. The officials at the hospital where he was born have testified to its authenticity. Hell, we have two birth announcements from newspapers in Hawaii! And you say we "don't have enough information about this president"??? Seriously? You know he wrote two books about his life, right? You know we have details about his childhood, about his teen years, about his years in college and about his professional career that go above and beyond what we know about nearly any president before him, right?

Apparently not.

And then there's the bit about making sure "doesn't remain as president" which suggests that Tim Walberg supports impeachment hearings for President Obama. In other words, Walberg is not interested in getting the business of the people done when if he gets to Washington. He's interested in continuing the Republican roadblocks and obstructionist garbage that have characterized the mockery that the Republican party has become.

Tim Walberg is the one who is trying to "return to power". God help the 7th Congressional District and the entire state if he does.

Meanwhile, Congressman Mark Schauer released an internal poll this week showing him with a lead over Walberg:

A new internal poll released today by Myers Research & Strategic Services shows U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI) leading Tim Walberg by 4-points in a head-to-head matchup, 49 to 45 percent. In a multi-candidate race, Schauer leads 45 to 43 percent, with 3rd party candidates getting 5 percent of the vote. No candidate has won Michigan’s 7th district with more than 50 percent of the vote since 2004, which puts Schauer within striking distance of the vote share needed to win on November 2.

This race is a tight one, no question about it. What it will come down to is whether voters in the 7th District want to be represented by a man who is fighting for jobs for Michigan workers and is actively working to protect our natural resources or whether they want to be represented by a member of the Republican Tea Party who just can't seem to make up his mind if the president is a citizen or not and who wants to impeach him.

That should be a very easy choice.

Congressman Mark Schauer's Act Blue page to help his campaign is HERE

I'm just sayin'...

Originally posted to Eclectablog - eclectic blogging for a better tomorrow on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 05:08 AM PDT.

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