Michigan GOP leaves Justin Amash to fend for himselfSubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 14:42
In-state and national party support for congressman lacking
May 6, 2014 at 1:00 am
Washington— Not one fellow Michigan congressional Republican has donated money to U.S. Rep. Justin Amash in his competitive GOP primary race against Grand Rapids area businessman Brian Ellis.
In fact, two retiring congressmen said they are considering giving cash to the Cascade Township Republican’s opponent.
His GOP Michigan colleagues have funneled money to other vulnerable members, including Reps. Dan Benishek in the Upper Peninsula and Tim Walberg of Tipton.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, the House Intelligence Committee chairman from Howell, has gone so far as to say he would “likely” support Ellis — a highly unusual move for a colleague to take against an incumbent from the same party. “I think he’d far better represent that district and the values that they hold true,” Rogers said.
House GOP leadership hasn’t backed Amash either, but Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia have contributed $20,000, combined, from their leadership political action committees for freshman Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Milford, who also faces a heated primary challenge.
“This is extraordinary unusual,” said Norman Ornstein, congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. “When you have leaders supporting a candidate against an incumbent, it’s clearly because they’ve been deeply frustrated because of what they see as a complete lack of loyalty on the part of the member.”