Candidate profile: Amash wants to represent "ordinary Americans"

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Republican Justin Amash is seeking his third term in congress representing greater Grand Rapids, Barry and Calhoun counties. He says his goal is "to focus on protecting peoples' liberty, fighting against corporate welfare to do what regular people want me to do, not what people in Washington want me to do."

His comments came at a recent media forum. No joint appearances or debate have occurred in the primary where the winner is virtually guaranteed to win the election in November due to the 3rd district's republican dominance.

Amash is firmly in the libertarian wing of the GOP. "Because I've stood up for ordinary Americans, because I've stood up for the constitution, because I've been independent -- I have people targeting me," Amash said.

Amash lost the endorsements this year of Michigan's Chamber of Commerce and Right to Life. The RTL endorsed Amash's challenger, East Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis, in part for a vote Amash made that did not oppose gender selective abortions.

At the forum, Amash explained his vote: "The way the bill was written, a doctor or a nurse or a counselor, someone who didn't perform an abortion could be put in prison for up to year because they didn't report that they suspect some other doctor had performed a sex selection abortion. So it would a crime of inaction and a thought crime, and in this country we don't have those kind of crimes."

Amash says his transparency is "critical." He explains all of his votes on his Facebook page. "We need to change the way government operates we need people to be more connected to their representatives instead of less connected. But too often we have people in Congress who want to hide from their votes and a big part of what some of those people in leadership don't like about me is that I expose all the votes."


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