Justin Amash Goes Off on the ‘Crooks and Cronies’ Who Tried to Unseat Him

by Joel Gehrke

Representative Justin Amash (R., Mich.) didn’t mince words with the business interests who tried to defeat him in a Republican primary.

Amash opened his victory speech by thanking supporters for their grassroots efforts before turning his attention to former Representative Pete Hoekstra (R., Mich.) who supported Amash’s opponent, Brian Ellis.

“I want to say to lobbyist Pete Hoekstra: You are a disgrace and I’m glad we could hand you one more loss before you fade into total obscurity and irrelevance,” Amash said. 

He wasn’t finished:

To Brian Ellis: You owe my family and this community an apology for your disgusting, despicable smear campaign. You had the audacity to try to call me today after running a campaign that was called the nastiest in the country. I ran for office to stop people like you, to stop people who were more interested in themselves than in doing what’s best for their district. Everyday Americans are taking back their government from the crooks and the cronies. They’re taking back their government from the political class elites, the people who are so blinded by their arrogance that they thought that they were going to run this smear campaign and be successful. They’re taking it back from the insiders who have contempt for the American people. 

Amash concluded by saying he would “go back to Washington and I’m going to continue to fight for liberty and for the Constitution and for you.”

I talked to Amash’s team about how they fended off the challenge. Facebook played a bigger role than you might think.

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