National Journal ranked Jones the worst Republican and more liberal than several democrats like Ben Chandler and Jim Cooper in 2011? That is pathetic.
I’m also not happy to see freshman Justin Amash ranked so poorly. I guess he must be voting just like Ron Paul.
Amash does not have a primary challenger yet. Filing deadline in Michigan is May 15th.
Prior to the 2010 primary, I was told by several FReepers (including some whose opinion I had long respected and still respect) that Justin Amash (who, BTW, started running for office almost immediately after graduating from law school) was the true conservative choice in MI-03, since he had cast fewer disappointing votes in his one-year-and-change in the state house than Bill Hardiman (a Vietnam War veteran and businessman who didn’t run for office until he was 45 and served as mayor of Kentwood before running for the state legislature) had cast over his 7+ years in the state senate. I was nowhere close to convinced, but MI-03 Republicans were, and Amash’s connections with the De Vos family money carried him to victory.
Amash has turned out to be a turd sandwich, casting ridiculous, Ron-Paul-type votes to “make a point,” thus giving liberal Democrats ammunition to claim that “even conservative Justin Amash agrees with us” or “the bill was so extreme that even Republican Justin Amasjh voted against it.” I hope that he doesn’t cap off his embarrassing first term by finding a way to lose one of the most Republican districts in Michigan.