Justin Amash is the standard bearer for Ron Paul Republicanism in the House of Representatives. He almost got the NSA’s illegal spy program defunded. He stands against big government. He joined the effort to defund Obamacare, something we now all see was worth attempting at any cost.
So naturally the deep pockets of the Republican Party are out to destroy him.
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, prominent Michigan donors request financial backing for Amash’s primary challenger, Brian Ellis. Seven individuals, including prominent Michigan businessmen Mark Bissell, J.C. Huizenga and Mike Jandernoa, signed the fundraising plea.
They argue that Amash “and others have effectively nullified the Republican majority in the U.S. House.”
“[Amash] and a small group of like-minded legislators rejected Speaker Boehner’s plea to pass legislation requiring Congress and the president be subject to ObamaCare, and put on hold the special new tax on medical equipment. This irresponsible action hurt over 50 great West Michigan businesses and was part of the chaos that led the nation to the edge of default,” the letter says.
The letter was printed on Ellis’s campaign stationery.
“These are folks I’ve known for a long time, and they’re excited about my candidacy,” Ellis told The Hill.
Ellis said his supporters have expressed frustration with the conservative wing of the GOP and the shutdown strategy.
“To a large degree, they’re not happy with the faction that my opponent represents,” he said.
“I’m hearing it from everybody. [The shutdown was] no way to run a country. It’s no way to govern.”
Amash is among a rebel bloc of House Republicans who pushed Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to make stand on ObamaCare in the fight over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling.
The tactic infuriated business groups, several of which have threatened to enter into GOP primaries in order to defeat hardliners in the GOP.
Amash has also been a thorn in the side of leadership, and was one of a handful of Republicans who orchestrated a failed attempt to oust Boehner earlier this year.
As far as I’m concerned, whether we win or lose this fight, it is a victory that we are now fighting it in the open. For years conservatives have talked about leaving the GOP and starting another party. Now it is the mainline business types who are so desperate to keep the Washington Borrow & Spend Machine dumping money into their pockets that they are going to war against the party base. The Republican Party is effectively two parties.
Notice this has nothing to do with winning independents or building a majority. Who, besides these rich, state-parasite, elitists even remembers the Government “shutdown”? What is in the news now is the disaster that is Obamacare. The obvious strategy right now is to remind voters how Republicans fought with all they had to save them from Obamacare. The stupidest thing one could possibly do is publicly try to punish all the Republicans who struggled against the powers that be to rescue Americans. They are throwing away all their advantages.
I suspect that many Big Money Republicans know that the base is fed up with foreign wars of choice and with Wall Street and the Federal Reserve. They are terrified that a real populist anti-establishment candidate will win the primary. They see these campaigns not only as ways to regain control of Congress for the Rockefeller Repubicans, but also a method for demoralizing conservatives in the Republican Party.
The fight is on. Let’s do it!