A Justin Amash constituent was criticizing Amash on Facebook. Justin Amash actually reponds to him!Submitted by Vots on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 19:08
In a race that continues to provide reasons why Justin Amash is destroying his Establishment opponent, Brian Ellis, in the polls, Amash gives us yet another reason why he's so beloved in his district.
A constituent of Michigan's 3rd District, Adam Wright, publicly wrote on his Facebook page:
"Does Justin Amash vote with your values as a resident of the 3rd Congressional District? Did you know that Justin Amash was the only Michigan Republican to support President Obama's position against work requirements for welfare?[...]Justin Amash was the only Michigan Republican who voted “no”. Ninety-Nine percent of U.S. House Republicans voted “yes”. The Heritage Foundation and National Taxpayers Union supported this legislation.
There is a better choice to represent you in Washington DC. Brian Ellis for Congress will represent your values and be your voice when elected."
Justin Amash came across Wright's post, and did the thing that makes him different from all the others. He personally responded to the constituent.
Adam Wright: Did the congressman offer any amendments to improve the bill or just vote no? IMO, it's easier to vote NO than work to find a solution that is beneficial for everyone.
3 hours ago · Like · 4
Justin Amash: Adam, this bill was considered under a closed rule, which means no amendments were allowed. A yes vote authorized billions of dollars of additional welfare without any reforms. As a conservative, I correctly voted no. Again: http://facebook.com/repjustinamash/posts/525232120849532.
2 hours ago · Like · 22
Adam Wright: Were there opportunities to speak with and work together with Republican leadership to fix the items that you disagreed with?
2 hours ago · Like
Justin Amash: Adam, no. After the Committee on Rules adopts a substitute amendment (which would not be disclosed to us in advance), the bill is quickly brought to the floor for a vote. Leadership intended to authorize new welfare spending, so they didn't disclose th...See More
about an hour ago · Like · 9
Justin Amash And good luck getting any other congressman to explain this stuff to the public, as I've done with about 3,000 votes. My opponent is running an entire campaign based on misleading people about votes like this one. He's par for the course in Washington.
about an hour ago · Like · 24
Adam Wright: I'm relatively new to the 3rd CD but my former congressman Bill Huizenga is an outstanding man who is very open and honest with his constituents. He continues to be an effective representative.
I like Brian's background as a business owner and his values as husband, father and local public servant. I have no doubt that he will use his experience to be an effective voice for everyone in the 3rd congressional district.
about an hour ago · Like · 2
Justin Amash: Do you like his background in misleading people about votes, like this one, when he has full access, as everyone in the public does, to my vote explanations?
about an hour ago · Like · 13
Adam Wright: I know that I don't like large Washington DC special interest groups spending significant resources smearing Brian. Running television ads accusing him of raising taxes while on the school board is wrong and untruthful. As a former local elected official myself, I've had the opportunity to vote to place millage questions on the ballot for voters to decide on. That does not equal raising taxes.
Brian is an honest and caring man who I think would be a great congressman.
about an hour ago · Like · 1
What's funny about this and also sad at the same time, is that Wright still refused to concede his argument and entered a stage of denial by deflecting the end result of the argument. Wright made the comment that he doesn't like the TV ads making Brian Ellis' record seem "wrong" and "untruthful", yet used that very same tactic of publicly smearing Justin Amash's voting record on Facebook which triggered the response from Amash. Wright then closes with a personal statement about Ellis, that one could probably assume Wright knows Ellis personally. So there's no way Amash could ever win somebody over who's already predetermined to be biased towards Ellis.
To see the original Facebook post, it is shared to the public at this link: https://www.facebook.com/adam.wright.1023611/posts/101538934...
You might want to screen capture this memorable exchange before Wright deletes it.