Sunday, November 24, 2013

Seven Michigan businessmen backing Amash primary challenger

Prominent West Michigan political donors jump from Justin Amash to Brian Ellis in campaign letter |

"Some West Michigan business leaders who once threw their support — and money — behind U.S. Rep. Justin Amash have jumped ship and united behind local businessman Brian Ellis.

"Past Amash donors like J.C. Huzienga, former Perrigo CEO Mike Jandernoa and Bissell Inc.'s Mark Bissell were among seven local business leaders who, in a recent letter, urged their colleagues to rally behind Ellis.

"Other signatories included former Meijer Inc. President Mark Murray, retired Old Kent Bank President John Canepa; Marge Potter, executive director of corporate affairs for Continental Rail Gateway; and Grand Rapids banker and philanthropist David Frey....

"Written on campaign stationery, the letter alleges '(Amash, R-Cascade Township) and others have effectively nullified the Republican majority in the U.S. House. Their actions gave the GOP a black eye while simultaneously re-energizing the Obama administration'....

"Ellis previously said Amash was in the middle of the government shutdown debacle, joining several other House Republicans to help send the country on the brink of the default over the Affordable Care Act, or 'Obamacare'."

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