Thursday, May 29, 2008

Voting machines are now rigged: will this election be fair?

Foe promises Upton ‘all the debates he can handle’

Don Cooney, a Kalamazoo city commissioner and former priest, hopes to unseat 21-year GOP congressman

By DAVID WARFIELD, Herald Palladium Staff Writer

BENTON HARBOR — Kalamazoo City Commissioner Don Cooney vowed Wednesday to give Fred Upton all the debates he can handle in a race for the U.S. House seat the St. Joseph Republican has held since 1987.

Cooney, a social work professor and former Catholic priest, formally announced his candidacy for the 6th District House seat in a meeting with Berrien County Democrats at the Benton Harbor Public Library.

“This campaign is about bread-and-butter issues, basic human issues,” said Cooney, who teaches at Western Michigan University. “... We have to end this war, we have to change this economy, provide universal health care and a decent environment to our children.”

Cooney spoke repeatedly about the need for “a living wage” to bring people out of poverty.

“We need to get back to what this country is about: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” he said. “... Martin Luther King said, without good jobs that give people living wages, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is an illusion.”

Cooney said he would end tax breaks to wealthy Americans as a way to reduce federal budget deficits and lower the national debt.

U.S. House hopeful Don Cooney talks to those gathered for his formal campaign launch Wednesday in Benton Harbor. The Kalamazoo city commissioner and Democrat wants to unseat St. Joseph Republican Fred Upton.

“Fred Upton has identified himself with (the Bush) administration time and time again.”

He said he would challenge Upton on his support of the Iraq war and what he called “an economic policy where 5 million people have fallen into poverty and 8 million more people are without health care than before.

“We hope to engage Fred Upton in a number of debates. As many as he can handle. We look forward to that.”

Cooney, 71, is in his sixth term as a Kalamazoo city commissioner. He has taught 31 years at Western, and has served as a priest in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Philadelphia.

He and his wife, Kathy, have one son, who is grown.

Michigan’s 6th Congressional District covers all of Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties, most of southern and eastern Allegan County and a part of western Calhoun County.

Cooney and Upton are unopposed in their Aug. 5 primaries. The general election is Nov. 4.


Anonymous said...

Get out the Defibrillator and prepare for CPR. This guy looks like he's having a heart attack.

Anonymous said...

Could the moderator please delete discriminating comments like this one? Clearly, this is one of Upton's goons.

jim crow said...

Let's see...raise taxes...on just some of the people. That seems to me to be discrimination.

I didn't see anywhere a call for reduced spending. Sure, if we pull out of Iraq, that money will be available. But it will just be spent on new or expanded government social programs. Our net savings will be zero.

I am not an Upton supporter. I am extremely disappointed in his "service" over the past 4 years.

But I am equally disappointed in the Democrats. Looking at Mr. Cooney's qualifications, I am distressed that this is the best candidate the Democratic Party can put forth in this election.

By the way, where is the information in this article detailing the "rigged" voting machines?

Anonymous said...

Distressed? Qualifications?

Don Cooney is one of the greatest men I've ever known. His six terms of city commission work, Ph.D. education and 32 years of teaching at Western Michigan University are the least of his accomplishments.

This is a man who organized with Ceasar Chavez and the farm workers, fought alongside civil rights leaders in the 1960s, helped Western Michigan become the fourth university in the country to divest from South Africa to end aparthied, worked to reduce poverty in inner cities across America and the world, and who has been an advocate for all things good his entire life.

It's obvious you know very little about Cooney's qualifications, because if you did, then it would be fairly obvious that he's much better-qualified than Upton for the job of representing the people of southwest Michigan.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Berrien county isn't interested in communism. This guy will lose and we'll never hear from him again.

Anonymous said...

You know how to make certain that he loses.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, Ed Pinkney won't try to steal THIS election too.

Anonymous said...

Anon said, "You know how to make certain that he loses."

We sure do. It's called majority rules. The people that want socialism are a minority. If you want socialism, then move to a socialist country and then you can be happy and get those FREEBIES. Why stay in the U.S. (or Berrien County) if you are so unhappy and angry?