It’s One Thing to be Misquoted – Can a Man Stand By Calmly While Being Completely Mis-Characterized and Accused?
Justin Amash with his wife and children stand with his supporters at the Byron Center Bicentennial Park after the parade on July 26, 2014.
The election primary for US Representative for the 3rd District has been called “the ugliest” in the nation as incumbent Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, is running for his third consecutive 2-year assignment against some powerful “establishment” GOP forces behind challenger Brian Ellis. But not all of them!!
Both congressional contenders recently staged a “Meet & Greet” at the M-Live Media Hub in downtown Grand Rapids. This writer attended each – the tone and the atmosphere were completely different – if not as opposite as the candidates – and the most striking difference is that only one has a platform that can be clearly defined.
Seated near center for Brian Ellis are Peter Ross of WZZM and Tom Urich at the M-Live Media Hub
Justin Amash sat comfortably and relaxed on the podium during his 45 minutes and twice responded directly when asked for his 2 minute encapsulated speech, while Brian Ellis always stood up and went down to the floor when responding to a question – as if he were the “game show host” on Family Feud – and proceeded to try and sell a used car with only promises that it were driven by an old lady to church on Sunday. He failed to clearly answer the question posed by Zane McMillan at least 3 times and had to be reminded about the subject. No offense to elderly ladies, btw.
Whereas Justin Amash has explained every vote cast (and he has never missed a single one) publicly on Facebook and elsewhere, he also clearly responded to direct claims and criticisms which have become the hallmark of Brian Ellis’ promotions. Brian Ellis says, “Voters Aren’t Represented With Justin Amash In Congress.” He tries to push through the concept that Amash has not voted the popular sentiment of the citizens in the third congressional district. How? By extracting the position that Justin Amash is against the support of breast cancer research because he voted not to renew a special interest issue postage stamp for the 5th time since 1998. That’s like saying you were late for kindergarten class because you did not like wearing green socks, your Mother was crying this morning and your bus number was different so you could not get on board.
I’ll give credit where credit is due. Brian Ellis stated that he was “better at building relationships.” He said, “congress is a collaborative body….” (he must have forgotten the federal government shutdown last year) and also, “the federal government doesn’t know how to cut anything…” He claims his 15 years on the East Grand Rapids School Board sufficiently prepared him for the job as US Representative from the 3rd district because, “that is my best example of building relationships” and that experience has prepared him to enable 435 congresspeople to “reach across the aisle” and come to agreement on issues which prevent progress on conservative issues. Ellis actually said these things. And he actually believes he knows what he is talking about.
Imagine what would happen if he strolled into session on his first day in Washington, D.C. as a Freshman Congressman and Brian Ellis noticed there were no doughnuts and cake laid out on a paper tablecloth with blackboards in the background and coffee percolating next to the drinking fountain by the bookshelf.
Justin Amash has said he will not debate Brian Ellis because he is not a credible candidate. This has apparently transformed into a ‘worthy’ challenge from the opposing camp, but frankly, the result would be embarrassing for both because of the fantastic chasm of difference in each man’s credentials. Romper Room experience versus bringing a Bill to the House Speaker. Justin Amash always votes with a common sense agenda and always with the desires of his constituency in mind. He does not vote the “establishment” favorite and this should be seen as a quality, not a weakness of morals, character or opinion. I don’t have to remind everybody that Brian Ellis has largely funded his campaign for himself and repeatedly buys and promotes television ads like the “Al Qaeda’s Best Friend” which is now largely regarded as one of the stupidest pieces of television work ever made and amounts to taking your savings account and burning it like a pile of leaves. Why will Justin Amash continue to deny a debate? Let me count the ways…………..
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Popularity Is Obvious When You Watch What Is Happening Yourself
The largest turnout so far for Justin Amash at The Byron Center “Byron Days Festival” Parade on July 26, 2014.
The Justin Amash contingent was by far the largest group in the parade – larger than the Brian Ellis clad and faithless by almost seven-to-one. You can’t rely on what you see on television for complete and accurate information for any candidate. Please visit justinamash.com or stop by the campaign office to pick up flyers or yard signs for yourself. And VOTE AUGUST 5th.