Republican freshman Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan now faces a challenge from an “Establishment” Republican.
Will the “tea partiers” in Michigan’s Congressional District 3 follow the Precinct Committeeman Strategy and help Rep. Amash retain his seat?
From Rep. Amash’s web site.
Michigan’s Third Congressional District
Due to changes in Michigan’s population, the Third Congressional District has been redrawn. The district now includes all of Barry, Calhoun, and Ionia counties, most of Kent County (with the exception of the cities of Grandville, Kentwood, Walker, and Wyoming), and a portion of the southwest corner of Montcalm County.
First, let us examine the Republican Party county committees in CD 3.
Barry County has a Facebook page with no real info on it and an expired web site with no real info on it.
The Calhoun County web site contains no information about how to become a PC. https://www.calhouncountygop.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=2 They want you to donate and become a “member” of the county committee, but they don’t tell you how to become a voting member of the committee – a precinct delegate.
By contrast, the Ionia County committee web site says out exactly how and why someone ought to become a precinct delegate. https://ioniagop.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91&Itemid=68
The Kent Couny committee web site also explains how to become a precinct delegate. https://www.kentgop.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=94&Itemid=164
The Montcalm County Republican Committee does not seem to have a web site but they are listed on the county Community Information Center web page. https://www.montcalm.org/comresources5447.asp A link appears for How to Become A Precinct Delegate. https://www.montcalm.org/downloads/delegate_file.pdf The committee has a Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/MontcalmCountyRepublicanParty
So, have the tea partiers in CD 3 invaded these Republican Party committees by running for precinct delegate over the last four years so they could vote to endorse the best candidates before the primary elections, elect better, more conservative officers, elect state committee delegates, and then also get out the vote for the best conservative candidates in the primary elections?
Barry County has a tea party with 22 members: https://kzooteaparty.ning.com/group/barrycounty.
Calhoun County has a Tea Party Patriots chapter: https://www.ccteaparty.net/. And perhaps another tea party: https://kzooteaparty.ning.com/group/battlecreekcalhouncounty.
It’s the elections that matter. Will tea partiers in CD 3 organize and unite inside the Republican Party county committees to help get out the vote for Justin Amash and to help make the Republican county committees “more conservative” by getting more conservatives into the precinct delegate positions?
Will they make themselves politically powerful by uniting with other conservatives already inside the Republican Party?
Here’s a simple chart that explains how they can become politically powerful. (Click on it to enlarge.)
Will sufficient numbers of tea partiers now unite and organize inside their respective county committees by becoming precinct delegates?
To put themselves in the best position to become politically relevant and powerful?
Time will tell.