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08-01-2014, 07:52 PM
Justin Amash versus the Chamber of Commerce
or maybe Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround

By: streiff (Diary) | July 27th, 2014 at 08:30 AM

A showdown is brewing in Michigan’s Third Congressional Distirct which could have outsized impact on national politics for the foreseeable future. What is happening there is a showdown between populist sentiment and cash. For the time being it looks like cash isn’t king.

The US Chamber of Commerce has targeted Representative Justin Amash for defeat. I’m not a huge fan of Amash, who strikes me as a Ron Paul without the charisma or searing intellect. In fact, if there was an actual conservative running against him I wouldn’t be writing this. As little love as I have for libertarians I’m deadset against adding yet another Vichy Republican and Chamber of Commerce crony capitalist to the GOP Caucus… that would be the Chamber’s gundog, a guy named Brian Ellis.

Ellis claims that the populist Amash does not represent the residents of Michigan-03.

The challenger’s first day of campaigning varied little from today’s style — Ellis contends Amash’s, R-Cascade Township, representation does not reflect the views and values of its citizens. The votes the congressman cast during his two terms, which Ellis has dubbed as “bizarre,” are not an accurate reflection of those living within the district’s boundaries, he contends.

The campaign criticizes at least 20 votes, including one against the continuation of the U.S. Postal Service’s breast cancer stamp meant to raise millions of dollars for research. Amash was the only legislator in all of the House to vote no, and Ellis doesn’t understand why despite one Facebook explanation.

A quick look at FEC reports gives an indication of whom is actually supported by people in the district:


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