Seven big Michigan donors have said they’re dedicated to ousting the two-term Western Michigan congressman, who’s facing a 2014 GOP primary from businessman Brian Ellis. J.C. Huizenga and Mike Jandernoa are among those raising money for the cause.
The Republican heavy-hitters signed a letter obtained by The Hill claiming that Amash “and others have effectively nullified the Republican majority in the U.S. House.”
The libertarian-leaning Amash has inflamed the GOP leadership and some business leaders because he can’t be controlled.
He’s refused to toe the party line on civil liberties issues. He’s not afraid to blast warrantless wiretapping (something many Democrats won’t do) or vote present on Planned Parenthood funding, despite being pro-life.
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) even derided Amash as a “wacko bird” for backing a filibuster over using drones in the war on terror.
The biggest problem is Amash twice voted against slash-and-burn budgets dreamt up by former vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, declaring that they didn’t cut enough.
That helped cost Amash his slot on the powerful House Budget Committee, with one ally of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snarking that the defiant congressman suffered from “the asshole factor.”
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