Jackson Citizen Patriot: Tim Walberg gets high rating from pro-business Club for Growth
By: Bob Wheaton
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg received a score of 86 out of 100 from the fiscally conservative Club for Growth's scorecard released this week that is based on voting records on issues deemed important by the group.
Walberg, R-Tipton, whose district includes Jackson County, narrowly missed the cut for being named one of 45 congressional winners of its Defender of Economic Freedom Award, which required a score of 90 or above.
The Club for Growth ranked Walberg in a tie for 49th among 444 U.S. House members. It supports legislation that it believes promotes economic growth and limits government spending.
Walberg voted against two pieces of legislation on the scorecard that the Club for Growth supported. One was against cutting Amtrak grants and another was against reducing funding for the National Labor Relations Board.
Michigan's two Democratic U.S. senators ranked low on the scorecard. The Club for Growth gave Sen. Debbie Stabenow a score of 9, putting her in a tie for 76th among 101 senators. Sen. Carl Levin had a score of 5, putting him in a tie for 90th.
All of the highly ranked lawmakers were Republicans and Democrats were at the bottom of the lists.
Update: A spokeswoman for Walberg pointed out that he is ranked as the 40th most-conservative U.S. representative (and the most conservative in the Michigan delegation), according to another recently released list. This list is from the National Journal.