Rep. Justin Amash is looking to take his brand of libertarian Republicanism to a larger stage. The second-term House member considering a Senate bid in Michigan, should incumbent Democrat Carl Levin retire, reports National Review.
Amash, a vocal critic of Speaker John Boehner and a popular presence on Twitter (@repjustinamash), is known as the libertarian bad boy of the House GOP. He was famously kicked off of the Budget Committee last year for his quarrels with the leadership over the size and scope of proposed spending cuts.
Amash, 32, is closely identified with the small government philosophy of former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), though they only overlapped in the House for one term. Amash counts himself as an admirer of both the 19th-century author Frederic Bastiat, who argued against taxing people to pay for schools or roads, and the 20th-century writer Friedrich Hayek, a favorite of the tea party movement who strongly opposed government intervention in the economy.
In addition to fiscal conservatism, Amash is known for a strong civil libertarian streak. In 2012 he co-sponsored an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have banned indefinite military detention and military trials so that all terror suspects arrested in the U.S. would be tried in civilian courts. He expressed concern that individuals charged with terrorism could be jailed for prolonged periods of time without ever being formally charged or brought to trial.
Via National Review.