Libertarian-leaning Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan (Freedom Index rating: 92 percent) is considering a run for the soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat in Michigan, according to various interviews the two-term congressman has conducted over the previous week. Michigan's senior Senator Carl Levin (Freedom Index rating: 5 percent) announced March 7 that he would not seek reelection to a seventh term in 2014. Levin has represented Democratic-leaning Michigan in the U.S. Senate since 1979.
While no candidate has yet to formally enter the race, several candidates for both parties are expected to do so. Among the establishment candidates Amash could face in the GOP primary is fellow Michigan Congressman Dave Camp (Freedom Index rating: 67 percent), whose fourth congressional district abuts Amash's third district.
Amash has been a central figure in the internecine war within the Republican Party, making national news in recent weeks as the butt of insults from Arizona Senator John McCain. “It's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone," McCain said in an interview for the Huffington Post posted March 7. McCain told interviewer Jon Ward he was referring to "Rand Paul, Cruz, Amash, whoever."
The Republican Party seems split between establishment neoconservative figures such as the hawkish McCain and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who are arrayed against the Tea Party/Libertarian/constitutionalist wing such as Amash, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. McCain's outburst on the Huffington Post prompted Amash to tweet the following, noting that while Senator Paul was filibustering, McCain was having dinner at the White House:
Click here to read the entire article.
Photo of Rep. Justin Amash: AP Images