Another GOP attempts House return

Former Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) will become the latest former House member to attempt a return to Congress this cycle.

Walberg announced Tuesday that he will seek the House seat he lost in 2008 to freshman Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.).

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"I cannot sit idly while Congressman Schauer votes to raise taxes, spend trillions we don’t have and bring the failed Granholm strategies he advanced in Michigan to Washington, D.C.,” Walberg said in a statement. “In contrast, I will fight for Michigan families by working to balance the budget, move America toward energy independence and provide across-the-board tax relief to reward hard work and spur job creation.”

Walberg is a fiscal conservative who made his way into Congress with help from the Club for Growth. He cited Schauer’s votes for the stimulus package and the recent energy bill as his motivation for running.

The Republican defeated centrist Rep. Joe Schwarz (R-Mich.) in a primary in 2006 before winning the seat in the general election. He served just one term before falling to Schauer, though.

Walberg joins former Reps. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) in seeking a return to Congress after yielding their seats in January.

A spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Gabby Adler, said “Tim Walberg is for outsourcing American jobs, imposing a 23 percent tax on Michigan families, and jeopardizing the future of Social Security. Voters have already rejected Tim Walberg once, and during these tough economic times Walberg’s out of touch views will continue to turn off Michiganders."

-- This article was updated at 11:46 a.m. 

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