Justin Amash becomes first Libertarian Party member of Congress, announces presidential exploratory committee

American Third Party Report, April 28th, 2020:

Justin Amash is throwing his hat into the race in what is becoming quite an interesting crop of third party candidates to vote for this year. While this is only an exploratory committee for the 2020 Libertarian nomination, this tweet seems to me like he is officially a candidate. “Let’s Do This.” =doesn’t sound very exploratory. Amash joins a growing list of candidates for the Libertarian nomination and is the biggest name in the race being as he is a current member of the US House of reps representing Michigan’s 3rd District. With tonight’s announcement, he is making quite a splash on social media.

4 comments:

NewFederalist said…

Another GOP re-tread. What a shame. If he was truly serious about becoming a Libertarian he could have switched from Republican to Libertarian rather than independent. Another failed Republican looking for free ballot access from the minor league affiliate of the GOP. There are too many really libertarian Libertarians seeking the nomination to go down this road for the 4th presidential election in a row.

Cody Quirk said…

Better late then never I say.

The LP HAS to run big name candidates in order to gain enough votes in those states were ballot access depends strictly on the amount and/or percentage of votes our presidential candidates get. Running big name candidates also helps advance the LP and libertarianism with mainstream voters, and hence will lay the stepping stones for future electoral successes, unlike with long-run LP members that have almost no name recognition and little appeal.

Amash also has a genuine libertarian voting record in congress, and regardless of how/when he joined the party, the important thing is that he finally joined, and wants to be our standard bearer, and I’m personally ready to back him.

Fyi, he’s officially our first LP congressman now.

Cody Quirk said…

Meant *long-term LP members*

NewFederalist said…

Really, Cody? Has C-SPAN updated their graphic? I don’t think so!

Congressman Justin Amash Lists Himself in Congressional Directory as a Libertarian

Congressman Justin Amash is now listed in the Congressional Directory as a Libertarian. He is the first member to list himself as a member of a nationally-organized party, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, since Congressman Vito Marcantonio was listed as an American Labor Party member. Marcantonio left Congress after he was defeated for re-election in 1950. The American Labor Party was the New York state affiliate of the Progressive Party that was founded early in 1948 by Henry Wallace.

Ron Paul always listed himself in the Congressional Directory as a Republican. John Anderson continued to list himself as a Republican all during 1980, even though he was running for president as an independent that year.

http://ballot-access.org/2020/05/01/congressman-justin-amash-lists-himself-in-congressional-directory-as-a-libertarian/

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