WASHINGTON—A new 2020 primary poll shows Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash 16 points (49-33) behind his lesser-known primary opponent Michigan Republican State Rep. Jim Lower, MIRS News reported Tuesday.
2020 #MI03 Republican Primary:
Jim Lower 49% (+16)
Justin Amash 33%
Practical Political Consulting 6/5-9https://t.co/WCurOJYdDO
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) June 12, 2019
Amash, the lone Republican lawmaker on capitol hill who publicly called for President Trump’s impeachment, recently withdrew his membership from the House Freedom Caucus.
People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation—and therefore cannot be impeached—are resting their argument on several falsehoods:
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 20, 2019
His call to impeach the president via a series of tweet described from the evidence he read in the Mueller report drew ire from not just Republicans in Washington but also Republicans from his home state.
It’s sad to see Congressman Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia.
The only people still fixated on the Russia collusion hoax are political foes of @realDonaldTrump hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) May 19, 2019
Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox praised President Trump for the work he has done so far saying that he “has led to the strongest economy in a generation,” and that Amash has “opposed his ‘America First’ agenda every step of the way.”
Additionally, according to The Detroit News, Amash lost the financial support of the wealthy DeVos family, who told the paper, they will no longer donate to Amash’s campaigns.
Amash has defended himself saying he has a consistent libertarian-conservative voting record, according to various conservative non-profit organizations that keep tallies of such voting records of lawmakers.
“This is exactly what you would expect from Justin. He never supported the president. And I think he’s just looking for attention,” House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in an interview on Fox News. “ I think he’s only ever asked one question in all the committees that he’s been in. He votes more with Nancy Pelosi than he ever votes with me. It’s a question whether he’s even in our Republican Conference as a whole.”
One woman at a town hall meeting in Grand Rapids during the last congressional recess asked Amash, “How can you become a Democrat when we voted you in as a Republican?”
Amash took offense to the accusation and replied, “I haven’t changed,” he said. “I’m who I said I was.”
The Michigan Republican was elected in 2010 when a wave of tea party Republican lawmakers came to office. He voted against a number of key bills conservatives rallied behind. These bills included: the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, Kate’s Law, the Thin Blue Line Act, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.