Michigan Rep. Justin Amash defeated opponent Brian Ellis last night in the Republican primary for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District Tuesday, winning with 57% of the votes over Ellis’s 43%. Amash voiced gratitude to his supporters, but did not hesitate to criticize Ellis for the methods used for his campaign.
After thanking grassroots support and expressing his satisfaction with the energy surrounding his campaign, Amash first berated lobbyist and former Michigan state representative Pete Hoekstra, who supported Ellis in the primary and made an appearance in an anti-Amash ad for Ellis.
“I want to say to lobbyist Pete Hoekstra- you’re a disgrace, and I’m glad we can hand you one more loss before you fade into total obscurity and irrelevance,” Amash said to the cheering crowd.
Amash then chastised Ellis:
“To Brian Ellis, you owe my family and this community an apology for your disgusting, despicable smear campaign. You have 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 are more interested in themselves than what’s doing best for their districts.”
Ellis had released a number of ads against Amash, including one in which Amash was accused of supporting abortion because he had voted against a gender-selection abortion ban due to the bill’s language and potential unintended consequences. In another Ellis ad, Amash was called “Al Qaeda’s best friend in Congress” for wanting to close Guantanamo Bay.
“I’m an Arab-American, and he has the audacity to say I’m Al-Queda’s best friend in Congress. That’s pretty disgusting, and he owes us an apology- he owes the community an apology for what he’s done,” Amash said in an interview with Fox17 Tuesday. Amash also asserted that he is “100% pro-life”.
Amash will now face Democrat Bob Goodrich in November’s general election.