Because I live in Maryland, a deeply corrupt one-party state, I have no political representation at the state or national level. Fortunately, my real hometown has a most excellent congressman in the form of Libertarian Republican Justin Amash; who was the target of a primary campaign by the Establishment GOP and their patrons in the US Chamber of Crony Capitalists. (Whereas the Republican Party uses the word “conservative” the way a prostitute uses cheap perfume.) The GOP and their Big Business buddies were angry because Amash is truly fiscally conservative and does things like vote against corporate welfare. So, they found a party hack with big business loyalties, Brian Ellis, to run against him, and backed his opponent to the hilt.
Their strategem failed. Amash won his primary handily with 57% vote.
“Brian Ellis, you owe my family and this community an apology,” Amash said in his speech.
“You had the audacity to try to call me today after running a campaign that was called ‘the nastiest in the country,’” Amash continued. “I ran for office to stop people like you.”
Ellis, according to MLive.com, left a voicemail for Amash to congratulate him on his win.
During the campaign, Ellis, who had the backing of business interests, ran an ad including footage of Amash being called “Al Qaeda’s best friend in Congress.”
Amash also used his remarks to take aim at supporters of Ellis, including former Rep. Pete Hoekstra. “I want to say to lobbyist Pete Hoekstra,” Amash said. “You are a disgrace. And I’m glad we could hand you one more loss before you fade into total obscurity and irrelevance.”
That’s right, the GOP actually ran an ad against a Republican Arab-American congressman calling him “Al Qaeda’s best friend.”
Wow. Just … wow.
If only the GOP went after Obama and the Democrats with the zeal with which they attack fiscally conservative, Constitutionalist Republicans.