Sunday, August 5, 2018

Investigation: Walberg Lies to Us about his College Credentials

Link to a more nicely formatted, printable PDF of this report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KA7AkXXPmkcXWJ78pbZCDRShTQxTUFjd/view?usp=sharing

Tim Walberg’s yearbook photo from Wheaton College, 1977-1978

An Investigation and Report

by
Steven Meyer
Michigan, District 7
contents

Part I - Table of Tim Walberg’s Claims about his College Credentials    

            A Tabulation of Tim Walberg’s public statements about his college credentials, linked to primary sources, with analysis of the claims and fact-checks based on his actual college credentials.

Part II - Conflicts in the Public Record                      

            Analysis of the official public record over the years showing conflicting, and erroneous results,which has led to the downstream disarray with news reports and the public’s understanding.

Part III - Tim Walberg’s Actual College Credentials                    

            Information provided by the college registrar’s offices and further corroborated by contemporaneous records such as yearbooks, and course catalogs.

Part IV – Walberg’s Lies and Deflections                                     

            Unabridged exchange of Walberg being questioned by the author about his college credentials - linked to video. That exchange is followed by an analysis of Walberg’s responses.

Part V - Avoiding Accountability                                              

            A description of my efforts for over six months to get Walberg or his staffers to clarify, or explain the discrepancies in what Walberg has told us about his college credentials.

CONCLUSION                                                                   

ADDITIONAL SOURCES                                                             

APPENDIX I – Walberg’s Claims about His College Majors            

APPENDIX II – Walberg’s Other College Claims                


PART I - Table of Tim Walberg’s Claims about his College Credentials

See Appendix I for full quotes and  additional information about these claims.

Date & Place 
of Claim
Claimed 
Major / Minor
College
Claimed Degree Type
Source:

Wednesday,
July 25, 2007 -
Saturday, 
January 3, 2009
- Issue Position: Environment
- From Official House Webpage
Major: Forestry
not specified
not specified
Original House Page 
(link now broken):


Wednesday,
June 16, 2010
- Campaign Meet and Greet
- Marshall, MI
Major: Forestry and Land Management
not specified
not specified
Video (1:35 mark):

Wednesday, 
June 30th 2010 
- Campaign Meet and Greet 
- Jackson, MI
Major: Forestry and Land Management
not specified
not specified

Wednesday,
July 7, 2010
- Campaign Meet and Greet 
- Chelsea, MI
Seminary Training
Moody Bible Institute
not specified
Video (4:10 mark):

Seminary Training
Wheaton Grad School
not specified

Friday,
July 9, 2010
- Campaign Meet and Greet
- Eaton Rapids, MI
Major: Forestry and Land Management
not specified
No degree

Wednesday,September 1, 2010
- Campaign Meet and Greet
- Jackson, MI
Major: Education
not specified
Bachelor’s
Video (2:00 mark):

Friday,
September 17, 2010
- Campaign Meet and Greet
- Manchester, MI
Major: Forestry and Land Management
not specified
not specified


Video (2:40 mark):



Wednesday, January 22, 2014
- Interview
- WLMB, Main Street
- Toledo, OH
Major: Forestry and Land Management
not specified
No degree

not specified
Moody Bible Institute
not specified

not specified
Wheaton College
not specified

Wednesday,
March 11, 2015
- Interview
- World News Group
Major: Forestry and Land Management
Western Illinois University
not specified
Article and Transcript:

not specified
Moody Bible Institute
not specified

not specified
Fort Wayne Bible College
Undergrad

Cross-Cultural Communications
Wheaton College
Masters

Saturday,
May 16, 2015
- Graduation Commencement Keynote
- Spring Arbor, MI
Major: Biology
Major: Geology
not specified
not specified
Video (45:30 mark):

Sunday, 
July 5, 2015
 - Testimony at Emmanuel Baptist Church 
- Toledo, OH
Major: Forestry
Major: Biology
Minor: Geology
Western Illinois University
not specified

not specified
Moody Bible Institute
not specified

Cross-Cultural Communications
Wheaton College
Masters

Friday,
May 6, 2016
- Speech to Student Athletes and TV Interview
- Spring Arbor, MI
Major: Biology
not specified
not specified
Video (00:40 mark):

Wednesday,
September 14, 2016
- House Floor Speech on 
H.R. 5226
- Washington, DC
Major: Forestry and Land Management
not specified
not specified
Official Congressional Transcript:



Tuesday, 
October 11, 2016
- NAACP Candidate Forum
- Adrian, MI
Education
not specified
Undergrad
Video (02:25 mark):

Communications
not specified
Masters

Friday, 
March 3, 2017
- Coffee Hour
Hillsdale, MI 
Major: Forestry and Land Management
Western Illinois University
not specified
Video (05:50 mark):

Friday, 
May 26, 2017
- Coffee Hour
- Coldwater, MI
Major: Forestry and Land Management
not specified
not specified
Video (46:50 mark):

Thursday,
June 1, 2017
- Radio Call-In
- Lansing, MI
Major: Forestry and Land Management
not specified
not specified
Audio (1:20 mark):


Monday,
August 7, 2017 
- Coffee Hour
- Delta Township, MI
Major: Biology
Minor: Geology
not specified
not specified

Tuesday, 
August 8, 2017 
- Coffee Hour
- Dundee, MI
Major: Forestry and Land Management
Major: Biology
Minor: Geology
not specified
not specified
Video (20:35 mark):

Tuesday,
August 8, 2017
- Coffee Hour
- Dexter, MI
Major: Education
Major: Biology
Minor: Geology
not specified
Undergrad degree in education

Saturday,
October 28, 2017
- Coffee Hour
- Spring Arbor, MI
Major: Forestry and Land Management
not specified
No degree
Video (59:25 mark):

Summary and Fact Check of Walberg’s Claims

Sources and further explanation for these fact checks are provided in Part III

Comparison of Walberg’s Claims to his Actual Record


PART II - Conflicts in the Public Record

            The details about Tim Walberg’s college credentials conflict all throughout the publicly accessible sources. They even contradict among the same sources over time, such as biennial editions of the Michigan Manual, and US Congressional Directory. None of the accessible records completely match with the information that I ultimately gathered from Walberg’s college registrar’s offices and other contemporaneous records. Therefore, by some measure, all of the publicly available information about Walberg’s college credentials was incomplete, or erroneous.

Three of Walberg’s Current Official Sites:

In October 2017, at the Spring Arbor Coffee Hour, Walberg told me, Go to my website, and you’ll find out what I majored in” As shown below, his college majors are not stated on any of his official websites. 

1 of 3 - Official Congressional Biographical Sketch(from Bio.Congress.Gov)

·       Enlargements and Highlights by Author – Note: Walberg’s majors are not stated, and Moody Bible College Instituteis a misnomer

2 of 3 – Campaign Website Biographical Sketch

·       Walberg’s majors are not stated on Walberg’s campaign site. Also, based on the four antecedents that sentence, it is completely unclear where the two degrees were earned.

3 of 3 – Official U.S. House Website Biographical Sketch
 
  • There is no mention of any college experience whatsoever on Walberg’s official House of Representatives website [Screenshot: August 11, 2017]. Walberg’s DC staffer Kevin officially confirmed for me the fact that none of Walberg’s majors are stated on his website on November 20, 2017.
Michigan Manual


Published by the Legislative Council, State of Michigan in Lansing

           Selections from 1989, 1991, and 1993
Bios from Michigan Manual 1989, 1991, and 1993, with enlargements and highlights by the author


The only college major specified in the editions of the Michigan Manuals from 1983 to 1997 was forestry, which Tim Walberg does not have a degree in. The manuals showed changes in Tim Walberg’s college record over the years in response to changes with Fort Wayne Bible College between 1989 and 1993. Those changes were full of errors:

  • In 1989 Fort Wayne Bible College was renamed Summit Christian College. That new name appears the 1991 edition of the Michigan Manual, however, it erroneously replaced Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Fort Wayne Bible College was kept unchanged.


  • In 1992 Summit Christian College was a merger/acquisition by Taylor University. That change is correctly reflected in the 1993 Michigan Manual. Moody Bible Institute returned to its place, and Fort Wayne Bible College was renamed accordingly.


Official US Congressional Directory


Published by the US Government Publishing Office (GPO), Washington, DC


           Selections from 2007, 2011, and 2016
Bios from Congressional Directory 2007, 2011, and 2016 with enlargements and highlights by the author


            The most glaring conflict in Walberg’s college credentials from the Official US Congressional Directory is the degree type from Fort Wayne Bible College. In 2007, it was correctly listed as a Bachelor of Science degree. It was incorrectly changed in 2011 to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. It has been falsely listed as such in all of the subsequent editions since then. The Directory for the 115thCongress has not been published at the time of this report.



            There are some other minor inconsistencies and errors, such as Walberg’s major from Fort Wayne Bible College was Christian Education, not Religious Education. It wasn’t a general religious education program. The contemporaneous course catalog and other materials from the college are all very consistent that the program was entirely focused within Christianity to prepare students for work in a Christian church or in a Christian home. 



Annual Report To the People of South-Central Michigan (January 2008)



Walberg’s opening quote and attribution to Teddy Roosevelt is false. It was Franklin D. Roosevelt who wrote in a, “Letter to all State Governors on a Uniform Soil Conservation Law”, on February 26, 1937, with the line, “The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”


         I had some strange exchanges with Walberg’s staff about that Annual Report. I called Walberg’s DC office on April 30, 2018 to ask if he had ever put out any more Annual Reports to constituents like the one he put out in 2008. Walberg’s DC staffer, Kevin was not familiar with the report. I asked him to look into it, and let me know. He never called back. I followed up with the Jackson office on May 16, 2018, and spoke with Alex, who was immediately defensive and would not acknowledge that the Annual Report from 2008 was real. I explained how I got it, and that I was not making any accusations about it. I never mentioned the Teddy Roosevelt thing to him. I just wanted to know if there were more reports like it. Alex hung up on me before I could finish asking about it. I never got an answer from any of Walberg’s offices about it.

The Downstream Effect of Walberg’s Conflicting Accounts:

          The scope of this report is mainly limited to first-hand occurrences of Walberg telling the public what his college credentials are, or the official materials that his offices and campaigns have put out. Throughout this research I have read through hundreds of second-hand news articles and candidate profiles that stated Walberg’s college credentials. I never found one that fully and accurately reflected what Walberg’s actual college credentials are. I believe that those errors are a result of the errors and conflicts within the materials and statements that Walberg has put out himself over the years. Most of the errors in second-hand accounts accurately reflect the things that Walberg puts out there.

Mlive/Jackson City Patriot article on the May 26, 2017 Coldwater event, shared 11,600+ times

            The recent MLive/Jackson City Patriot coverage of the Coldwater Coffee Hour describes Walberg as speaking about his college degree in forestry. Looking at the video of the event it is easy to understand how anyone could be led to believe that Walberg was describing a college major that he had a degree in. Walberg told us: “I majored in forestry and land management, so I’m not taking any backseat to anybody on stewardship of God’s created resources.” Walberg spoke to us with great confidence and authority for someone who dropped out less than halfway through his associate’s degree program. In Walberg’s case, he would necessarily be “taking a backseat to anybody” who actually got halfway through the program, and anybody actually earned a degree in forestry.

If a professionally skeptical reporter did not question the inference that Walberg had earned a degree in the subject, then the average constituent is at an even greater disadvantage. That particular article, with the error has been shared over 11,600 times. As someone with a Master’s degree in Communications, Walberg should know better than to be so misleading.

PART III - Tim Walberg’s Actual College Credentials 

Prepared from Information provided by Registrars Offices & Contemporaneous Records

Western Illinois University 1 of 2

Course description for Pre-Forestry at WIU 1969-1970

I also checked the college yearbooks for Western Illinois University from 1969-1971, and Walberg was not mentioned or pictured in any of them. Walberg has often claimed to have been a college wrestler, and active in several campus ministry groups at WIU. Those groups were featured in the yearbooks, but Walberg was not mentioned or shown among them.

Western Illinois University and Wheaton College were the only colleges that Walberg attended that had wrestling teams. Walberg was not featured with Wheaton College’s wrestling team in their yearbook either. 

Western Illinois University 2 of 2

The Times [Calumet-Region, Illinois & Indiana]Wednesday, May 28, 1969

This 1969 article describes the scholarship Walberg received to Western Illinois University.

Fort Wayne Bible College 1 of 3

FWBC 1975 senior yearbook

In a follow up call with registrar’s office , it was determined that the B.A. caption from this yearbook is in error. Walberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Walberg was never photographed in any of the yearbooks from Fort Wayne Bible College.

Fort Wayne Bible College 2 of 3

Description of the Christian Education Programs, from the 1973-1974 FWBC Course Catalog

Fort Wayne Bible College 3 of 3

Note: The highlights on this page account for the differences between the two degree programs. This image departs from the general color highlighting convention used throughout this report.

Analysis by Author of the Christian Education BA & BS programs, from FWBC Course Catalog

The registrar from Taylor University told me that Walberg applied a lot of transfer credits toward his degree at FWBC. So it makes the most sense that he would have earned a Bachelor of Science degree, which had a lot more elective courses which Tim Walberg’s transfer credits could apply toward in that degree program. Therefore, his yearbook from FWBC, and the Official US Congressional Directories which state his degree as a BA, and all of the other outlets that list his degree as a BA are all in error.

Wheaton College 1 of 2

Graduate programs, Wheaton College (1977-1978), concentration: “cross cultural ministries”

Additional description of the Communications graduate program from the 1977-1978 Wheaton catalog

Wheaton College 2 of 2

Program descriptions from yearbook 1977-1978 [six pages stitched together unabridged]

PART IV – Walberg’s  lies and deflections

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Coffee Hour
Spring Arbor, MI
[The moderator: Colleen Gibbs, Treasurer of Spring Arbor Township, did not read any of the three questions that I had submitted on different topics, so at the end of the event I heckled the following questions:]

Steven: Did you get a degree in biology, and uh, a minor in geology - did you get a major in biology and a minor in geology?

Walberg: No. I majored in forestry and land management. And I don’t have a degree in it.

Steven: You claimed at Delta Township, that you majored in biology with a minor in geology.

Walberg: No I didn’t.

Steven: Yeah you did. I have it on video.

Walberg: The context - the context that you have is not the context you’re… [inaudible. It sounds like he said, ‘cherry-picking’, but I’m not sure. See video link above].
Steven: You said, ‘I majored[interruption]



Walberg: Go to my website, and you’ll find out what I majored in…[inaudible].


Steven: But why did you say that then? Why did you say it? You said, ‘I majored in biology, with a minor in geology’.

Walberg: Have a good day.

Steven: Why did you say it? 

Walberg: Have a good day.

Steven: Why’d you say it? What was the context? What did I miss?

Walberg: You and I will have a time together sometime. [Walberg exits]

Steven: Please, no, but - yeah, I’d love it! Yeah, please. Holy moley. I can’t believe that.

[End of exchange]


In Conclusion: Everything that Walberg said to me at Spring Arbor was either a lie, a falsehood, or a deflection to avoid accountability.

PART V - avoiding Accountability

I first called Walberg’s offices on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 to ask what subjects in college he majored in. The question was based on what Walberg had told us the day before at the Dundee Coffee Hour, and two days before in Delta Township. His offices did not provide any information that day. After that first call, I followed up with Walberg’s offices at least once a week, every week for over six months, and to date, they have not provided any information or clarity on what Walberg had told us in August 2017. 

Accountability used to be an important issue to Walberg. In his first term in Congress, Walberg dedicated a webpage on his commitment to accountability to the constituency. Since returning to Congress in 2011, Walberg has not had a page about his own accountability. 

Web capture from 2008 showing personal Accountability used to be an important issue to Walberg

On December 11, 2017 I shared my findings about Walberg’s college credentials with two local, private facebook groups with over 500 members each. I did more research after that post, and made more follow-ups to the colleges, which refined those initial findings.

My early investigation findings posted to two private, district facebook groups

I passingly noted in that post how the graduation date was false on Walberg’s Facebook milestones. It was the least of my concerns as far as clarifications I was hoping to get from Walberg though. Soon after I posted that, I noticed a little change on Walberg’s facebook page:

Revised year of graduation in the milestones section of Walberg’s official Facebook page

          When I made my posts on December 11, I had checked Walberg’s milestones section, and it still said 1977. I did not take another screenshot of it then, because I did not expect it to ever change. So his post was revised sometime in the span of eleven days [Dec. 11 – Dec. 22]. It was originally posted on June 22, 2012 at 1:46pm, but there are no visible timestamps to show when any edits were made. The date had been incorrect for over five years, but then in the span of 11 days after my post, someone from Walberg’s office made that revision.


            On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, I called Walberg’s office with two questions to be passed along to Walberg’s Communications Director, Dan Kotman. I let them know that I was finishing up this report [it took me longer to finish than I expected], and I would like to include some official responses in it. I did not hear back, so I followed up on February 16, and the staffer passed me along to Dan Kotman’s voice mail where I repeated the two questions:

1.    Why did Walberg say that he majored in biology with a minor in geology in University?
2.    Why was the date on Walberg’s facebook milestones revised in December? I had been repeatedly told that everyone in the Congressman’s office is busy with more important work, and also that they didn’t have the information about Walberg’s college credentials on hand. So what information was relied upon to make the change, and why hasn’t it been shared with me?

            Dan Kotman’s lack of response might be explained by having so much other important work to do. However, in 2016 Dan Kotman did enthusiastically and quickly respond to a campaign story about Walberg’s campaign opponent’s credentials. Walberg’s campaign Tweeted the story at 11:03 AM on Monday, June 20th. One hour and 18 minutes later, Dan Kotman, who was not employed by the campaign, responded to it, and shared it on his Twitter feed. The campaign story was also quickly retweeted by Stephen Rajzer, who has been employed by the U.S. Government out of Walberg’s District Office, and was also Walberg’s Campaign Manager in 2014 and 2016. So Kotman and Rajzer were quick and enthusiastic to question the credentials of Walberg’s campaign opponent, but they have been resistant and unresponsive when the questions are directed at our sitting Congress member’s credentials.


Staffers Kotman and Rajzer Tweeted a campaign story about Walberg’s election opponent’s credentials

Hillsdale Economic Panel– February 23, 2018

Image from Walberg’s email newsletter, author toward the left, sketching and taking notes

I attended an economic panel event in Hillsdale on February 23, 2018. Walberg approached me before the event, greeted me by name, and remarked on how long my drive must have been that day. During that exchange, I asked again for Walberg to explain why he had told us that he, “Majored in Biology with a Minor in Geology in University”. Walberg refused to answer, and walked away from me. 

During a second exchange with Walberg after the event I asked the same question. I do not have a recording of either of those exchanges. Walberg’s District Director Stephen Rajzer was standing nearby during that second exchange. Right after Walberg left, I turned to Rajzer and asked what was I supposed to make of Walberg’s responses just then. Rajzer claimed that he did not hear what was said. I took immediate notes of Walberg’s remarks from that day, but it is unlikely that anyone will corroborate the account of what Walberg said. Due to its inherent subjectivity, and lack of supportive corroboration, I will not include my account of what Walberg said in this report. There are plenty of other statements from Walberg to scrutinize in this report, that are backed up by objective sourcing.

Furthermore, the things that Walberg said were neither clarifying nor informative. The whole exchange was similar to the one we had at Spring Arbor in October, which is documented on video. I mention that this exchange took place to illustrate how I had been attempting for over six months to have Walberg explain the things that he had told to us about his college credentials. Over all of that time, Walberg failed to explain why he had said those things.

I did my best to get an explanation from Walberg, and he let me down. 

Therefore, I do not hesitate to say that Walberg is a liar.

CONCLUSION

            I hope this report will serve as a resource for other journalists and constituents in my district. I hope others will check, follow up on, and add to the information that I have found. I put a lot of time and care toward checking and following up on anything that I had doubts about. There is no way that Walberg and his staff can say I did not represent their side on this. I put most of my effort into trying to obtain their point of view for this.

I spent a year working on this.
It seemed important to me.
Nobody asked me to do it.
It was a serious effort.
Thanks for reading.
I hope it is good.


- Steven Meyer
Michigan’s 7thCongressional District
Sunday, August 5, 2018

Dedication:

In memory of my Mother: Penelope Sue Scott.

My Mom was an idealistic, guitar-playing, folk-singing free spirit, and she was also very practical. As an executive secretary at an engineering firm, she had an equal appreciation for poetry and music, as well as good research, technical writing, and reporting. She helped my Sister in her first job delivering the Washington Post every morning, and continued to subscribe to, and read the Washington Post until she died a week after I graduated from college in December 2016. Under chemo treatments, she made it out to her polling place to vote early in 2016, hoping to be alive to see the first woman President.

So it is with love and honor for my Mom that I became more civically involved, and started writing more research reports like this. As she did, I hope that an equal number of women attain positions of power, and I will keep enjoying folk music, reading poetry, and renewing my subscription to The Washington Post.

additional SOURCES

Annual Report to the People of South-Central Michigan (January 2008)

Archived Page:

Archive of Michigan Manuals, with Legislative Biographies

Archive of US Congressional Directories

MLive/Jackson City Patriot Coverage of Coldwater Coffee Hour

Western Illinois University, Archive of Publications 

Fort Wayne Bible College, Archive of Publications

Wheaton College, Online Archive of Publications


APPENDIX I – walberg’s Claims About his College Majors

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 -
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Issue Position: Environment
From Official HouseWebpage
Original Page (link now broken):
http://walberg.house.gov/Issues/Issue/?IssueID=3562

Archived Page: https://web.archive.org/web/20070725193926/http://walberg.house.gov/Issues/Issue/?IssueID=3562
Screenshot of archived webpage from July 25, 2007 with enlargement and highlight by the author
NOTE 1: In Part II of this report I described how that Teddy Roosevelt quote is false.

NOTE 2: Walberg’s position statement on the Environment remained in place from July 2007 until January 2009. When Walberg returned to Congress in 2011, he did not, and has not in the time since, dedicated a page to his positions on environmental issues.

January 2008
Annual Report
To the People of 
South-Central Michigan
Original Page (link now broken): http://walberg.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Walberg2007AnnualReport.pdf

Archived Page: https://web.archive.org/web/20080227185724/http://walberg.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Walberg2007AnnualReport.pdf
Note: In the tabulation from Part I, I counted this as one occurrence, because this statement is so closely tied to the position statement that Walberg put on the House webpage, along with the same false Teddy Roosevelt quote.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Campaign Meet & Greet
 Marshall, MI
Video (1:35 mark):
Walberg: “I consider myself an environmentalist”
[Walberg, describes his support for oil pipelines in Alaska:]

Walberg: “Nobody would want to inhabit there. Occasionally you’ll see in the spring of the year, you’ll see an occasional green shoot of something that grows about that tall, and that’s it and nothing more. Bottom line is common sense has to be used, yeah, I don’t want to - I started out after I left high school, I started out majoring in forestry and land management on way to university. I consider myself an environmentalist, an outdoors person. I love to hunt and fish.”

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Campaign Meet and Greet
Jackson, MI
Walberg: “Can something be too clean?”
Walberg: “America can go past the points that generally we consider to be tipping points. We can turn things around without getting to that, but I think we need to have a mindset that says: Can something be too clean? Well, no, and yes. We have to move with the progress, and that environment issue has to move with a realistic progress as well. I majored in forestry and land management when I went to university out of high school. I’ll stand up to anybody in being the one who wants to be a good steward of the resources we have.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Campaign Meet and Greet
Chelsea, MI
Video (4:10 mark):
Live Question: “You mentioned you are, or were a minister. Where did you get your seminary training?”

Walberg: “Moody Bible Institute, and Wheaton Grad School.

Live Follow-Up: “You’re ordained in any particular denomination?

Walberg: “I was ordained in a Baptist church. My last church was an independent bible church. I’m a Christian first and foremost.”

Friday, July 9, 2010
Campaign Meet and Greet
Eaton Rapids, MI

Walberg: “Environment and conservation’s almost become a religion”
Walberg: “We have huge reserves in Anwar. The Alaskans want us to use it. I would submit to you, though I can’t prove it – maybe my forestry brother here - I started out majoring in forestry and land management, but he went on and did it. But I think probably if we could find a way to communicate and record their statements, the caribou and the grizzly bears don’t mind either. In fact, we’re finding that they’re mating and they’re producing better around the pipeline.

[Later, Walberg interrupts a question about conservation and environmental responsibility:]

Walberg: “Well, I think, you know, I agree with what you’re saying, and like I said, I started out my college career in university majoring in forestry and land management. I’m gonna make sure that we conserve what we need to, but I also want to make sure we don’t hamper, and right now we don’t have to worry about having a voice for conservation and environment, it’s gone overboard to the point that the environment and conservation’s almost become a religion for us that takes away the opportunity to continue improving, and I don’t wanna go back, you know my daughter lives in Kampala, Uganda, and I go there. That’s a third-world country.”

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Campaign Meet and Greet
Jackson, MI
Video (2:00 mark):
Illustration Above:“When you illustrate something, it stays in their minds even longer.”
Walberg: “I want to remind you, having my bachelor’s degree in education, I like to think that teaching flows through my veins as well. And I know that when you say something, it’s reminded in people’s minds to a great degree, but when you illustrate something, it stays in their minds even longer.”

Friday, September 17, 2010
Campaign Meet and Greet
Manchester, MI
Video (2:10 mark):
Walberg: “The League of Conservation Voters has a whole agenda way beyond what the normal citizen would ever want, accept, or dream about in the environment. And I majored in forestry and land management when I left high school and went to university. I love to stand in a free-flowing trout stream and be able to see my browns and the rainbows. I want to breathe the fresh air. I grew up on the south side of Chicago chewing the air, literally, with refineries and the steel mills. I worked in the steel mills.”

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Main Street, Episode 68
WLMB
Toledo, OH
Walberg: “I always believed that God would lead my life as long as my desire was to be in his will in doing that, so when I left high school I went to state university majoring in forestry and land management. I wanted to be in the US Forest Service. But it was while there during the Vietnam War, and the opportunity to really share my life and faith in a real way for the first time on my own, I was enthused with the fact that my college roommates and floor mates listened and excited me to the point that ultimately I left the university and went to Moody Bible Institute to prepare for ministry.”

“And after that served five years at a church in New Haven, Indiana. Then left after five years to go back to graduate school at Wheaton College, and then was called to a church in the suburbs of Tipton, Michigan in the Irish Hills. That’s what brought me to Michigan. We’ve been there now almost 36 years.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015Interview with World News Group
Washington, DC
Did you go to a Christian college?
            I went off, initially, to Western Illinois Universitymajoring in forestry and land management.That’s what I wanted to do. I didn’t feel any compulsion to do anything other than that. I was at Western Illinois University during the Vietnam War, the Kent State massacre, all of that going on at that time in the late ’60s. For the first time on my own, I got the opportunity to decide whether to follow my faith and carry it out on campus or go the opposite direction. I’m glad I chose to carry on my faith. It was a strengthening time to have to defend my faith and answer questions relative to the war. How could God allow this to go on? ... I became enthused with campus ministry through organizations like Campus CrusadeInterVarsityNavigators, and a local church that I involved myself with on that campus. I ended up feeling the call to a ministry and left Westernand went to Moody Bible Institute. That’s where I spent the next three years of my life in training for, I thought, campus ministry. I ended up being called to pastor a church, and while there at my first church in the New Haven-Fort Wayne, Ind., area I completed my degree at then Fort Wayne Bible College, which became Taylor University Fort Wayne.
You went back to grad school as well, didn’t you?
            I pastored for five years and felt a real need in the area of communications. So I left that church and went back to Wheaton College grad school with a wife and two kids at that time. I graduated with a master’s degree in cross-cultural communications.Then I was called to a church in, of all places, Tipton, Mich., and that’s what brought me to Michigan.
You have a master’s degree in cross-cultural studies. Did you just treat the liberal media and the folks that disagreed with you as a different culture?
            I learned in survey research at Wheaton College that you had to know your audience, so take the time to know the audience and know those who would be putting you in front of the audience as well. That was a unique experience.

Note on Walberg’s Participation with WIU College Ministry Groups:

The yearbooks for Western Illinois University in 1969, 1970, and 1971 feature the following campus ministry groups with photos and listings of the student members: 

   • The Newman Foundation • Gamma Delta • The Wesley Foundation • Episcopal of Canterbury Club
   • WIU Lutheran Students • Campus Students for Christ • The Christian Science Organization
   • Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship • Campus Crusade for Christ • Moslem Students

Not featured in the yearbooks for those three years: 

   • Navigators • Tim Walberg

(Archive of WIU yearbooks: http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/search/collection/wiu_sequel)

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Graduation
Commencement Keynote
Spring Arbor University
Video (45:30 mark):
Walberg: “Sooner after I graduated back in the dark ages of 1969 from high school, I experienced that awesome experience of freedom and choice that I hadn’t had before. I wanted to seek seed in my chosen field of endeavor and began moving forward to university to major in biology and geology, planning for a career in forestry and land management, stewarding god’s wonderful creation, getting out of the city of Chicago where I was raised. Nothing wrong with that direction in life. Nothing sinful about doing that. It was a valued goal in my life at that time, but as time went by, and the world situation which included the Vietnam conflict, unrest on college campuses, Kent State massacre, free-love, the age of Aquarius, and all of those wonderful things, I began to see that mere success in what I wanted to do, seemed to lack something.”

Note: Forestry and land management is mentioned in the above speech, but not specifically claimed as a major, therefore it has not been counted in the tabulation in PART I

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Testimony at Emmanuel Baptist Church
Toledo, OH
   Walberg: “I remember as we were planning, Paul and I to go on for higher education after high school graduation, Paul had a football scholarship to Knox College and I didn’t get a wrestling scholarship to Wheaton, so I ended up going to Western Illinois University. My plans were to be in the US Forest Service, majoring in forestry and biologygeology minor. And I looked forward to doing that. I was raised on the south side of Chicago. So to get out of the city with coughing birds and to get into the wide open spaces, that was my dream. I had been in Christian Service Brigade and had taught woodsman-ship and all of that. So this is where I was going. So I didn’t feel a catch in my heart that this wasn’t something that God would not want me to do, so we headed toward that.”

   “It was there at Western Illinois during the Vietnam War and the Kent State massacre, this was 1969, that all of a sudden, left alone in a college room with a drug-pusher for a roommate, psychedelic on one side and Rocky Mountains on the other side of the room, I had my first opportunity to pull my Scofield Bible out of the bolster and look at my roommate as he kind of gazed over at me as I had my first devotions the first night there, realizing if I didn’t start it then, I might not start it.”

   “God began to work in my life, as I had opportunities to share Christ and share the authority of scripture. In simple ways with my roommate and with others that he would bring in, sometimes stoned and sometimes not, and then to talk to others on my floor who were wrestling with the concept of how a loving god could allow the atrocity of the Vietnam war and everything to go with it, and it excited me with campus ministry. I thank god for a wonderful Baptist church and that community that I went to, Pastor Wally Pyles [spelling?of all things. He looked like a used car salesman, but he had a heart for God - impacted me. And then InterVarsity and Campus Crusade, and having opportunities to see some of my classmates come to know the lord as a result of the ministry there, and their campus work. Ultimately I felt the calling of God to go back and prepare for ministry. I thought it would be campus missionary work with Campus Crusade, or InterVarsity, or Navigators, something like that.”

   “God ended up using that time at Moody Bible Institute, not only to secure a wife, but to find a ministry, my first pastorate at New Haven Baptist Church, in New Haven, Indiana, Fort Wayne area. God continued to grow and develop. Then going back after five years there to Wheaton College to enhance some of my training with areas that I felt weak in. God used that time in cross-cultural communications, a masters there. Never did I know that it would ultimately apply to cross-cultural communications, not only worldwide, but in the context of cross-cultural in our own culture.”

Friday, May 6, 2016
Congressman Tim Walberg Visits Spring Arbor University to Honor National Champs
Spring Arbor, MI
Video (00:40 mark):
Walberg [speaking to students]: “What a delight to be here. Every time I have an opportunity to come to Spring Arbor it’s encouraging for me. It’s a great campus, a great faculty, great students, love the administration here, appreciate the commitment to the authority of god’s word and principles that really are foundational for our society.”

We wrestle not against flesh and blood1Now I put that in there as I was talking to your first lady and asking if you have a wrestling program here, being a former wrestler in high school and college, it’s about time, because that’s a biblical sport. You need to have that. But it’s great to be with athletes, people who have been trained to be disciplined in order to succeed and have impact. I look back on coaches and some of those had the greatest impact in my life. I didn’t like it at the time, doing the meat grinders and whatever else, but nonetheless it prepared me in a great way, especially as a Christian.”

[LaterInterviewer, Bart Hawley: “Congressman Walberg, visiting the campus of Spring Arbor University and the student athletes, and I believe you were a student athlete in your day.”

Walberg: “Well I enjoyed athletics. In fact that’s kind of what kept me motivated in school. I had to keep the grade point up enough at least to stay on the team. I ran cross country. I wrestled, that was my favorite sport, a sport of choice, and did that in college as well to some degree. And probably learned the greatest life lessons there on the wrestling mat and with coach Al Vega, who was my high school athletic coach, a Pan-American games winner, but a guy who mentored me beyond just the wrestling mat, but life itself, was my biology professor. I went on to major in biology at university, and so the impact of athletics is huge.”

1: Christian Scripture, Ephesians 6:12

Note: See APPENDIX II [September 13, 2010 & July 9, 2013for further analysis about whether or not Walberg participated in college sports.

Wednesday, 
September 14, 2016
House Floor Speech on 
H.R. 5226
Washington, DC
The Official Congressional Record, with enlargement and highlight by Author

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
NAACP Candidate Forum
Adrian, MI
Walberg: “I was a pastor for ten years before going to the dark side in politics, though I don’t think it’s a dark side. I think it’s a place of service, just like the pastor. I have an undergraduate degree in education. I have a master’s degree in communications. That comes in handy when you have to speak to 434 other members of Congress, many of whom aren’t listening to you, and try to make a point.”

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Coffee Hour
Hillsdale, MI
The moderator combined several constituents’ questions about the EPA:

Walberg: “I started out after high school, graduated high school south side of Chicago, growing up with coughing birds and chewing the atmosphere, came from the steel mills and refineries all around where I lived on the south side. I don’t want that. I went away to Western Illinois University. I majored in forestry and land management. My dream was to be involved in helping to be a good steward of the resources we had, and yet a good steward uses the resources.

Friday, May 26, 2017
Coffee Hour
Coldwater, MI
Walberg: “I’m confident that if there’s a real problem, that he [God] can take care of it.”
Question Read by Moderator: ‘Please address your stand on climate warming’
            
Walberg: “Uh, right now I’d take a little more climate warming. I’m tired of the cold spring so far… I believe there’s been climate change since the beginning of time. I think there are cycles. Do I think that man has some impact? Yeah, of course. Can man change the entire universe? No. Why do I believe that? Well, as a Christian I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I’m confident that if there’s a real problem, that he can take care of it. Now that’s my - I don’t expect you to agree with me on that. [Inaudible response from crowd]- Now, that wasn’t the question. I majored in forestry and land management, so I’m not taking any backseat to anybody on stewardship of God’s created resources. Not at all… My favorite place on earth, of any place I’ve been: Glacier National Park. That’s why I wanted to be a forestry major. They had it going on in forestry.”

Walberg drew a lot of justified criticism and ridicule for his, he can take care of it’ position on climate change. I think it was even more absurd when Walberg equated humans causing climate change with changing the entire universeDoes Walberg understand the scale and scope of earth’s climate compared with the scale of the entire universe? If Walberg’s worldview is based on particular conservative evangelical interpretations of scripture, in which the earth is surrounded by a static firmament, that means that Walberg does not believe in a heliocentric solar system, or black holes and the physics of space-time, or the shape of our Milky Way galaxy, or the expanding clusters of galaxies scaling out to our entire known universe. If Walberg thinks the entire universe is limited to a static firmament around the earth, then it explains why Walberg does not accept the scientific consensus on climate change. Walberg said something similar a few days later on the Michael Patrick Shiels radio show.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Radio Call-In
Michael Patrick Shiels
Lansing, MI
Audio (1:20 mark):
Shiels: “The headline this morning for you was your comment at a town meeting on May 26. This is a fascinating topic, and a compelling topic for me… It talked about Global Warming. And I’ll just read the quote. You said you believe there’s climate change. Is that still true?”

Walberg: “I said that.”

Shiels: And then you said, “As a Christian I believe there’s a creator, a God who’s bigger than us. And I’m confident that if there’s a real problem, he can take care of it.”

Walberg: “What’s wrong with that?”

Shiels: “Nothin’. But that’s what I want to hear you talk about, because they put this in the paper as if it’s silly.”

Walberg: “Yeah, and Chelsea Clinton clinted (sic) out something silly as well, on that. So -”

Shiels: “Really? What’d she say?”

Walberg: “She basically said the old joke, that a guy’s drowning out in the water. The floods comin’ up, and comes a helicopter, comes a boat - turns ‘em down, says, ‘God’s gonna take care of me.’ Drowns. Get to Heaven, and says, ‘Where were you God?’ And God says, ‘Helicopter and the boat’.”

Shiels: “Yeah, I sent you help.”

Walberg: “Ay, I’ll tell you what - I’m a Christian. I don’t mind saying that. I believe in a creator. I look out here, and I say that didn’t happen by just throwing somethin’ together. And I believe God works through us. I majored in Forestry and Land Management in University. And I take no second base to any conservationist or steward of the resources. But I also understand that humans have to use those resources, and we’ve used ‘em here in this country for good. We made a mess for a while in our industrial revolution. We cleaned it up. Just look out there. Go to Lake Erie where I represent, and you see what’s taken place in Lake Erie. We’ve done a good job. We need to continue doing that. But to say that we’re going to control everything? We’re going to destroy the universe on our own? No. I think there are better reasons for living than just worshiping the creation, as opposed to the creator.”

Monday, August 7th, 2017
Coffee Hour
Delta Township, MI
Moderated Question: “Do you believe in the scientific method as the avenue for determining what is true about the natural world? If yes, how do you reconcile that with your skepticism of global warming due primarily to industrial activity that began in the 19thcentury. If no, do you think we should drop science courses - physics, chemistry, biology – from high school curricula?: 

Walberg: “That’s probably the most comprehensive question I ever heard in my life, other than, ‘When did you stop beating your wife?. I never started. I majored in biology with a minor in geology in university. I believe in sciences. My best courses in high school and college were in the sciences. I’m a Christian. I believe in a god who created the universe. I believe in a god who wants me to be a good steward of his creation. That’s why science is important. So I combine those things – being a good steward of the resources that are here, knowing as much as I can about it, but never believing that I’m god in a legislative costume. So I guess that’s the best way I can answer it. I think it works together.”

[At this moment, a heckler asked Walberg why he voted for coal sludge. Then another heckler, William Lawrence, who introduced himself as a Christian, stepped to the microphone asking about special interest fossil fuel money that Walberg has accepted. Lawrence disobeyed requests for him to sit down and was escorted out by security. The incident was reported in the news. On August 8thWalberg called in to the Michael Patrick Shiels radio show and discussed the incident:]

Walberg: “There are people that still can’t get over the fact that the election was accomplished back in November”

[When Shiels asked specifically about the incident with Lawrence, Walberg said:]

“Well, he took a different opinion on my religion and my personal beliefs. And in this country we have first amendment liberties and we’ve always felt that religion is something that is personal and people can live that out. Well, he didn’t think that was proper for me.”


Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Coffee Hour
Dundee, MI
Video (20:35 mark):
Moderated Question: “David Rank, most senior American diplomat in China resigned when the administration withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement. He said, ‘As a Christian, if we are stewards of creation, then we are charged with taking care of this earth. That means doing things to make that happen.’ - Your thoughts?”:

Walberg: “Why did he resign? Because he wouldn’t have worked well with this administration. He wouldn’t have worked well with me. I’m a Christian. I majored in forestry and land managementbiology major, geology minor when I started out in university. I love God’s creation. I love standing in a free stone stream with my fly rod in hand.”

Walberg claimed that David Rankwouldn’t work well him personally, but he never specified why that would be. Walberg followed his claim that Rank wouldn’t work well with him, by professing his Christianity. The original question that was asked, quoted a Washington Post editorial by David Rank, in which he professes that he is also a Christian. He also mentions that he has served under five Presidents: Three Republicans and Two Democrats.

This situation is similar to the day before when William Lawrence heckled Walberg at Delta Township. Lawrence tried to connect with Walberg as a fellow Christian on the responsibility toward the environment. As a Christian, David Rank felt a similar responsibility as outlined in his editorial. Walberg did not specify why, as a fellow Christian, he does not feel that same responsibility toward the environment, or why he would not be able to work with such a long-serving, accomplished diplomat, and fellow Christian such as David Rank.

Link to Rank’s Editorial:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-i-resigned-from-the-foreign-service-after-27-years/2017/06/23/6abee224-55ff-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Coffee Hour
Dexter, MI
Moderated Question: In 1970- what year did you get out of college Congressman Walberg, ’75 or ’73?

Walberg: ’73, out of undergrad, out of undergrad.

Continuing Question: In 1973, the year you graduated college, a minimum wage summer job was enough to pay for a year of tuition. Today, a student would have to work a 35-hour week, year-round to afford tuition. Do you support raising the minimum wage so that hard-working young people can get ahead in life, and get an education?

---[skip to 46:10 mark]---

Walberg: My undergrad degree is in education. My mother was a public school teacher.

Heckler: You said biology and geology yesterday.

Walberg: I majored in biology and minored in geology in universityMy undergrad degree ultimately was in education.
---[skip to 51:30 mark]---



Moderated Question: Because you have done coursework in land management, could you apply the same principles to global land management?


Walberg: I would hope so.

---[skip ahead slightly]---

Live Constituent Question: So global climate change is more solid science than say, tectonic plates, or the relationship between tobacco and cancer and heart disease, and yet you say-[interruption]

Walberg: Who says?

Live Constituent: Not people with a degree in religious education. It’s people that have – scientists in the field.

Walberg: Some of them.

Note: Walberg chose the incorrect year for his undergrad, which was 1975 [see PART III]. At least two of the attendees challenged Walberg’s claim about biology and geology from the previous day, and cited Walberg’s claims about “land management” and “religious education.”

APPENDIX II – walberg’s other college claims

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Campaign Meet and Greet
Charlotte, MI
Video (4:45 mark):
[Walbergtells a story about advice he received when he first got elected to the State House]

Walberg: “I’d never read the Michigan constitution at that time. I hadn’t read the US constitution since 1969 as a freshman in university in political science course– this was 1982, he said Tim, you’re going to take an oath of office to uphold the constitution of the State of Michigan and the United States to the best of your abilities, so help you god, and you haven’t even read the sucker since 1969, and never read the Michigan constitution.”

Note: The Pre-Forestry program at WIU did include a political science course [see catalog in Part III]. That course was scheduled to occur in the second year of the program. Walberg was in the program for eight months, but it is common and often necessary to depart from the catalog sequence when enrolling in college courses.

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Campaign Meet and Greet
Jackson, MI
Video: (2:00 mark)
Walberg: “I was a pastor before going to the state legislature for ten years. I’ve worked in areas. I’ve been a union steel worker at US Steel, south ward, south side of Chicago. I’ve been in law enforcement while I was in graduate schoolAnd we’ve done all sorts of things, but I look forward to going back and representing you.”
Monday, September 13, 2010
Meet and Greet
Blissfield, MI
Video (0:35 mark):
Walberg: “That’s why I’m excited to go back. Not just because I was a wrestler and pugilist in high school and college, and I like a good fight at times, but this country is too great of a country not to fight for, and all of us need to be involved with it.”


Note on Walberg’s College Sports Experience:

·       Western Illinois University did not have a pugilism [boxingteam. They did have a wrestling team. Walberg did not appear at all in the yearbooks from 1969-1971
·       Moody Bible Institute has never had a wrestling team or a pugilism team
·       Fort Wayne Bible College did not have a wrestling team or a pugilism team from 1973-1975.
·       Wheaton College did not have a pugilism team. They did have a wrestling team. Walberg was not pictured with the team in his yearbook

For more of Walberg’s claims about his college sports experience See APPENDIX I, May 6, 2016, and APPENDIX II, July 9 2013.

I cannot draw any conclusions about whether or not Walberg participated with his college sports teams. I can only say that I have not found any evidence in any of this research that Walberg was involved in any of his college’s sports teams.

Walberg’s high school experience is outside of the scope of this report.

Saturday, July 9, 2013
(Recorded: June 2013)
Cole on Congress with guest Rep. Tim Walberg
Video (2:40 mark):
Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04): “Unlike Oklahoma, as I recall, Michigan doesn’t have a runoff primary, and weren’t successful the first time, came back, took out a sitting incumbent - never an easy thing to do - were immediately in a targeted race, had to run in a really bad year in 2008, and didn’t quite make it back, and then got up and came back in 2010, and now obviously again in 2012. Extraordinary, what gives you that kind of energy?

Walberg: “Well maybe some people say I can’t keep a job. I say it’s tenacity. I wrestled in high school and college. Of course Oklahoma is a great wrestling state. Sometimes when you have to neck bridge in order to make it to next period, that’s what you gotta do.”

Note: See analysis of Walberg’s college sports experience is on previous page.

Friday, April 25, 2014
Radio Call-in
“Washington Watch 
with Tony Perkins”
Washington, DC
Walberg: “It’s a place of service. Acts 20:24, a verse that I have taken since my days at Moody Bible Institute as a student, that says the apostle Paul said, But I do not consider my life of any account as dear unto myself, that I might finish my course in the ministry I received the lord Jesus to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. That doesn’t say where that’s done. It says, in the course of my life to finish the purpose where God places me.

Walberg [skip to 12:00 mark]: “Politics will not change this country to the country it ought to be, only a change of heart can produce that. Pastors, I love the dear brothers who are out there that need to be strong in the pulpit, need to be powerful in telling the truth and speaking righteousness and not mincing words, showing love, sensitivity, yes, and compassion, but very clearly getting the truth out… boldly share the truth. Unless that takes place, I don’t see much good for this country.”

Walberg: “very clearly getting the truth out… boldly share the truth.”

Note: I like it when I agree with Walberg on things. I enjoy pointing out those occasions where I completely agree with him. I will completely champion Walberg on those occasions such as his quote above.

Monday, August 7, 2017
Coffee Hour
Jackson, MI
Video (52:50 mark)
Walberg: “Bottom line is, we have to fix the system. We have to move forward. And I’ve taken enough courses in graduate school on survey research. In the past many years of my legislative life I’ve seen surveys and polls taken, and the polls that are taken- [heckle from crowdLet me finish answering the question, and you can respond further. Anyone who wants to get a response that they want from a survey or poll can do that by the way they ask the questions”
Note 1: I am unable to determine whether or not Walberg took courses in survey research while he was in graduate school without looking at the graduate course catalog, which Peggy King, the Registrar from Wheaton College denied my request for.

Note 2: Walberg also mentioned taking one survey research course at Wheaton College in his interview with World News Group on March 11, 2015. He referred to that course as a ‘unique experience’ whereas at this Coffee Hour he mentioned taking multiple survey research courses.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Radio Call-in
“Washington Watch 
with Tony Perkins”
Washington, DC
Walberg: “Truth is non-negotiable, it is or it isn’t. And what we’ve seen today is educationists who are trying to blockade off the free-exchange of ideas and control what goes on, not only in the minds of their students but also institutions, and taking institutions like Hillsdale College in my district, or Wheaton College, one of my alma maters, and saying to them, ‘you cannot stand for your distinctives and expect to be accredited. We’re gonna hold your feet to the fire until you acquiesce to what we want you to speak for’.”

Walberg [skip to 12:55 mark]: “Absolutely, I mean we hear more and more, there’s been lawsuits, especially those schools, my reference, one of my alma maters I mentioned was Wheaton. It is a longstanding Christian college, but not specifically related to one denomination. So because of that, they are being pushed back in the past by the Federal government, saying, ‘You must take on more open stance in areas of, uh, traditional values issues, marriage, family, um, and some other things’. And because of that, they’ve had to go to court. We’re saying, listen, if it’s a longstanding doctrinal position, ministry statement, it ought to be allowed.”

Note: Coincidentally, This call-in occurred the day after I had called the registrar’s office of Wheaton College to follow-up on a question about their graduate program from 1977-1978. Diana from the office was going to send me a scan of that graduate course catalog, but our free-exchange of ideas was ultimately blockaded off by Peggy King, the Wheaton registrar.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Coffee Hour
Hillsdale, MI
Walberg: “I generally don’t show up at my work site worried about my life. I generally don’t worry about showing up and being confronted by somebody in a violent way; but a law enforcement officer, every single day he or she puts on a uniform has that potential. I say that because I spent a year in law enforcement when I was in graduate school and got a little taste of those seven hours, or seven and a half hours of sometimes complete and utter boredom, interrupted by an hour or thirty minutes of complete terror.”

“I remember my first stat call to a hospital room in fact for a domestic dispute. And I had heard of, and trained about domestic disputes and violence, what could take place there, and generally the opportunity of that being turned on you as the law enforcement officer showing up. I remember fearing, remember how I shook as I ran to that room.”

“And uh, so I encourage people when you hear that one instance, that may or may not be – at least it’s alleged that there is a wrongful action by a law enforcement officer, pray for the thousands upon thousands of law enforcement officers who are going by the books every day.”

Note: I have found no corroborating evidence that Walberg ever worked as a law enforcement officer. None of Walberg’s official biographical sketches mention it. Many of his biographical sketches mention that he worked in a steel mill, which as far as I can tell was only for a few months. Yet here he claimed to have worked for an entire year as a law enforcement officer. It would be great experience for him to mention in his campaign materials, yet for some reason it’s never mentioned. I asked Walberg about this experience at the coffee hour a few days later.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Coffee Hour
Palmyra Township, MI
[As the coffee hour wrapped up, Walberg looked over to his staff to see how they were doing on time.]

Walberg: “We only have to get to Monroe.”

Steven: “You haven’t asked any of my questions. Could you ask one of my questions?” 

Constituent in the back: “One more!”

Steven: “Ask one of my –“

Walberg: “Ask one of Steve’s.”

Steven: “Ask the one about the police force. Or, can I ask it?”

Walberg: “Sure.”

Steven: “On Wednesday you said that you worked for a year in the police force while you were in grad school[Walberg nods affirmatively]. So what was that, a private, or a public-?

Walberg: “Public.”

Steven: “What was your title-?

Walberg: “It was a municipal police force. I was a police officer. That’s all I was. I worked while I was in graduate school for that yearOn the west side of Chicago.”

Steven: “How’d you receive your training there?”
Walberg: “I was trained there by the force itself. I was assigned to a large county hospital, and I was trained by the police force themselves.”



Steven: “Was that the Wheaton-


Walberg: “What do you care?! What big deal?!

Steven: “Was that for the Wheaton municipality?”

Walberg: “No. It wasn’t for WheatonI went to Wheaton Graduate School.

Steven: “Where could I look that up?”

Walberg: “You can look it up anywhere you want.”

Steven: “So what municipality was it though?”

Walberg: “Look it up anywhere you want.”

Steven: “Could you tell me?”

Walberg: “No.You can look it up anywhere you want.”

Steven: “What municipality was it?”

Walberg: “Next question. This guy[Walberg gestures his hand toward Steventhis guy is looking for stuff, just niggle stuff.” 

[End of exchange]

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