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Amash Primary Opponent Jim Lower to Newsmax: 'I Believe in President Trump'

Amash Primary Opponent Jim Lower to Newsmax: 'I Believe in President Trump'
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Friday, 24 May 2019 10:43 PM Current | Bio | Archive

With the spotlight of the national press suddenly thrust upon the primary challenge to Rep. Justin Amash, R.-Mich., State Rep. Jim Lower spelled out to Newsmax why he was taking on the controversial five-term incumbent in 2020.

“I made the decision to [oppose Amash] before the ‘twitter fest’ between him and the president last weekend,” said Lower, referring to the Grand Rapids-area congressman’s tweet that Trump “has engaged in impeachable conduct” and the presidential retort branding Amash a “total lightweight” and “loser.”

Two-term legislator Lower, explained that he initially decided to run because he felt the congressman’s record was one of “no accomplishment whatsoever” and that Amash’s style in office was “erratic.”

“But I believe in President Trump,” he quickly added, citing the president’s pursuit of better trade deals with  countries as a major reason he was an early backer of candidate Trump in 2016. 

Lower recalled how his father lost his job when Electrolux (the vacuum cleaner company) moved to Mexico.  He said he looked forward to working with Trump “to make sure that doesn’t happen to future generations of workers.”

Lower also cited key issues on which Amash — a self-styled “libertarian” — is on the opposite side of him and the president: building the border wall that is the president’s signature issue, Israel, the maintenance of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, defunding Planned Parenthood, and the gender selective abortion ban.

“His record on these issues is a reason conservatives have abandoned him,” Lower told us.  He specifically pointed to the family of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos — backers of Amash in his first race for Congress in 2010, who now are decidedly against him.

The insurgent Republican also cited what he considers the incumbent’s flaccid record of enacting legislation (“the renaming of a post office in his years in Congress”), and contrasted it with his own record as a legislator (“10 substantive pieces of legislation, including reforming state employees’ retirement.”) 

In an age when a winning congressional campaign usually costs in the millions, Lower estimates it will take “about a million [dollars] to win” in the Third — the solidly Republican bastion in and around Grand Rapids and which was held by Gerald Ford from 1949 until he became vice president in 1973.

“And right after the ‘Twitter fest’ last weekend, I got 889 new contributors online in 48 hours,” Lower said, “The momentum has already started.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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With the spotlight of the national press suddenly thrust upon the primary challenge to Rep. Justin Amash, R.-Mich., State Rep. Jim Lower spelled out to Newsmax why he was taking on the controversial five-term incumbent in 2020."I made the decision to [oppose Amash] before...
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