Carl Levin’s Retirement Leaves an Open Door for Justin Amash

Justin Amash

Yesterday, Carl Levin (D-MI), who has served in the Senate since 1979 and was one of key figures behind the indefinite detention provision in the NDAA, announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014:

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, who has been a force for progressivism in the Senate since 1979 and made his mark in recent years as chairman of the powerful Armed Services Committee, will not run for re-election next year, likely setting off a political avalanche of interest in the seat.

Levin, 78, released a statement Thursday afternoon saying he made the decisions believing “I can best serve my state and my nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us … in other words, by doing my job without the distraction of campaigning for re-election.”

With Republicans having some modest success in the state in the 2010 mid-term, when Gov. Rick Synder was first elected, and taking control of the state legislature in the most recent election, there could be a door open to take control of this seat in 2014. Among those who may find interest in the seat coud be Rep. Justin Amash.

Rep. Amash, who has cast himself in the mold of Ron Paul and explains every single one of his votes on his Facebook page, has been one of the most vocal defenders of the Constitution in the House of Representatives. He has taken on his own party’s leadership and remained popular in his district.

Rep. Amash has been solid on fiscal issus, holding a 100% lifetime scores from FreedomWorks and the Club for Growth, and has fought hard to protect civil liberties. And though he wasn’t able to participate , Rep. Amash provided moral support to Sen. Rand Paul by showing up on the Senate floor during his filibuster.

How great would it be to have Rep. Amash, who sees the importance of winning young voters to the GOP, standing alongside Sens. Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz? I’m not so sure I want to risk losing his strong voice for our issues in the House, but the prospect of having Rep. Amash in the Senate is intriguing.

 


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