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07-27-2014, 02:09 PM
Editorial: MLive Grand Rapids Press endorses Rep. Justin Amash in GOP primary

By The Grand Rapids Press Editorial Board
July 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Editor's note: The following reflects the opinion of The Grand Rapids Press editorial board.

Washington is broken.

The reasons are manifold, and the blame belongs to Republicans and Democrats alike. Monumental change is needed to cure the ails of our nation’s capital.

Of the two candidates vying for the Republican nomination in our Third Congressional District for the Aug. 5 primary, the one best fit to tackle this problem is Rep. Justin Amash.

Amash and his challenger, East Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis, have been locked in an acrimonious race for months. Ellis, a former EGR school board member, largely staked his campaign on casting himself as the “anti-Amash.” He has spent more time highlighting what he calls Amash’s “bizarre” votes than he has spent touting his own policy positions.

That’s not good enough. A better-managed campaign likely would have made Ellis, who is pragmatic when he does talk about policy in his own right, a more convincing contender.


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07-27-2014, 02:11 PM
also endorsed by Detroit Free Press

3rd Congressional District

2012 presidential vote: Romney 53%, Obama 46%

Incumbent Rep. Justin Amash’s staunch Libertarian views make him one of the more ideologically inflexible members of Congress. That’s sometimes a good thing, as with his unbending opposition to encroachments on civil liberties and the continued incarceration of prisoners at Guantánamo. But Amash’s rigidity is more frequently an impediment to successful collaboration with other members of Congress, including those in his own party.

Still, Amash, 34, serves this west Michigan district honorably, even if many within the GOP establishment regard him as unreliable and uncooperative.

Brian Ellis is president of Brooktree Capital Management and has the support of many west Michigan Republicans, including former congressman Pete Hoekstra, who served in the adjacent 2nd Congressional District for nearly two decades.

But Ellis supports a balanced budget amendment (one of the worst ideas to handcuff federal management of debt and deficits) and would have voted to keep Guantánamo open. He would also have embraced the ham-handed budget approach of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin — a prescription that would have done serious damage to a recovering U.S. economy.

JUSTIN AMASH, against all odds, is the more reasonable GOP voice in this race.


William Tell
07-27-2014, 02:13 PM
It's good to be an incumbent.