Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash targeted by GOP in re-election bid?

Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) is one of the more libertarian members of the House of Representatives, and he is facing a Republican challenger in Michigan’s August primary. Amash will square off against Brian Ellis, who is allegedly enjoying the financial backing of “prominent Michigan donors.”

According to The Hill, “business leaders are plotting to take down Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as part of a broader effort to punish lawmakers over the government shutdown. In a letter obtained by The Hill that was written on Ellis’ campaign stationary, prominent Michigan donors, including businessmen Mark Bissell, J.C. Huizenga, and Mike Jandernoa, request financial backing for Amash’s primary challenger.

On radio this morning, Glenn questioned what seems to be a double standard when it comes to challenging Republican incumbents in both the House and Senate.

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“We’re just talking off the air about Justin Amash and how in his race, the Republicans are standing up and supporting his opponent. Justin Amash is probably the biggest libertarian in the House and just a great guy going to battle for the Constitution over and over and over again,” Glenn said. “And if I may, isn’t this why the other big libertarian threw his hat into the ring with Mitch McConnell? Isn’t this why Rand Paul said, ‘You know what, I’m going to be with Mitch McConnell because you’re not supposed to take on a Republican that is sitting in office’? You’re never supposed to violate that… Yet the party is doing this to Justin Amash.”

As several Republican incumbents face more conservative challengers in this midterm election cycle, many have criticized the practice of forcing incumbents to face-off in primaries. Amash, however, is currently facing major opposition, and Glenn believes Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) will face similar battles when they come up for reelection.

“It’s interesting… everybody was saying, ‘You should never, ever run someone against an incumbent. That’s wrong to do,’” Stu said. “We’re now finding that that’s not the case because Justin Amash goes against party leadership too often… It’s interesting to see them be so hypocritical and so outwardly and overtly pathetic when it comes to this stuff.”

“It’s typical of the Republican establishment, though,” Pat concluded. “This is what they do, and they hate the Tea Party.”

  • Monet

    Hope he gets his asz kicked

  • Laurel

    Baloney. Incumbents should be challenged and often.

  • Bill Tilghman

    It is good to see there is no more targeting of opposition views in Congress. Yeah, right. Any opposition to the overt manipulation of voter choice is good. The mainstream candidates the Republicans have nominated for president have resulted in the current administration being elected not only once but two times. We, the people need to send a message to the RNC, and that message should be loud and clear by now – we need electable candidates for the federal government elections, and the opposition to the Democrat party should be primary. No more of these Mitch McConnell type Republicans – they haven’t been cutting it for the past 20 years.

    If you are sick and tired of the same old hard line Republicans that can’t win important elections, then let the RNC know that this kind of garbage is not acceptable. No more back-stabbing in the ranks. There is more cannibalism in the Republican Party now than ever, and it needs to come to a halt. Otherwise, we should all just abandon the republican party and register democrat and get it over with.

    The Republican Party needs to decide if they are democrats or republicans and act accordingly. Two party systems require that one be different from the other. What we have now isn’t a true two party system, it is a system of names that mean absolutely nothing.

  • texastruthtweet

    I predict more of this against other congressmen and Senators.

  • Glen Herbert

    I’m not going to support a progressive republican for president. I will vote third party.

  • Matt

    Justin Amash is a hero. Brian Ellis is scum.

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  • landofaahs

    The establishment can win the primary but when it comes to the general, it will be 3rd party for me. To H with the republican establishment. Let’s see how far you get with more Lame McCaine’s,

  • Anonymous

    Rand Paul is not the man his father is.

  • Anonymous

    Cruz is not eligible to be POTUS.

  • ken.

    forget the party system and lets go back to independents, candidates always end up putting party first because thats who controls the money and support. our government is we the people and parties violate that. an independent is more inclined to represent we the people when they don’t have a party standing over them.

  • Crassus

    We can only hope. Right now they look pretty much alike except for Rand’s awful haircut.

  • MI Patriot

    Brian Ellis is a GOP shill. He supported our previous governor 100% of the time. Justin is the voice of sanity in DC.

  • jen

    Unfortunately, you are very pathetic. It is you who needs to decide if you will choose the right thing – and so far you have chosen wrong.
    The Republican party is doing just fine and they are all infact republicans. If you don’t like it, then leave. Clearly, you haven’t left because you think you can claim higher moral ground by pretending you have no idea R = D and are in cahoots.
    Dork, republicans and dems are virtually same thing, both evil. You are so much in love with your rino masters that you just can’t muster enough courage and ethics to leave them. No, you say I will stick to their side and pretend like I don’t know what they been up to for decades just so I can continue serving gop/dem party.
    You really don’t get it and you’re acting like the billionaires/multi-millionaires that are in gop leadership are the dumb ones.

  • Ized Fohssil

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