Former Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash is Staffing Up, Launching New Podcast in February

Former congressman Justin Amash (L-MI) is launching a new podcast in February, according to a series of teaser posts on his social media accounts.

First elected to Congress in 2010 as a Republican, Amash eventually became an independent in July of 2019 and ultimately joined the Libertarian Party in April 2020. He is the first and only Libertarian to ever sit in the U.S. Congress and he briefly explored mounting a presidential run on the LP ticket that same year.

Amash also recently posted a Twitter thread in which he announced that he’s hiring an assistant to help him with research, scheduling and other “various projects” as needed…

11 thoughts on “Former Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash is Staffing Up, Launching New Podcast in February

  1. SocraticGadfly

    What’s his “end game”? Is he going to want back in electoral politics?

    In the shorter term, is he starting some new think tank eventually?

  2. Austin Cassidy Post author

    Not sure there’s much “juice” in a think tank at this point, he’d be duplicating the efforts of CATO and several others. The only office I can really imagine him running for is President, so it could very well be that he’s hoping to cultivate a loyal audience of followers/donors with this podcast in advance of 2024.

  3. Andy

    It was pretty disappointing how after Justin Amash joined the Libertarian Party as a sitting US House Rep, he did not even bother to run for reelection as a Libertarian. He just rolled over and gave up his US House seat without a fight.

  4. Austin Cassidy Post author

    I’m pretty sure he had decided not to seek re-election before making the switch. And in some ways it’s more powerful that he didn’t try to get re-elected and wind up with 9% of the vote or something.

  5. Andy

    “Austin CassidyPost author
    January 25, 2022 at 23:25
    I’m pretty sure he had decided not to seek re-election before making the switch. And in some ways it’s more powerful that he didn’t try to get re-elected and wind up with 9% of the vote or something.”

    He was a sitting US House Rep who’d been in for several terms, I think three. He should have been able to get a lot more than .9% of the vote. He’d have stood a better chance of winning than would have any other Libertarian Party candidate that has ever run for US House. Even if he lost, it would have been better to go down fighting rather than roll over and accept defeat without even trying.

  6. Austin Cassidy Post author

    Note that I said 9% and not 0.9%… but maybe it would have been 15% or 20%. Anything short of re-election would have been an unnecessary black eye. There have been more than a few examples of party-switchers into the LP who then go down in lopsided re-election bids. It doesn’t help build their stature or the party’s stature to see that happen.

    Regardless, if you listen to any interviews with him he’s clearly fed up with Congress and has been for a while. I honestly think he decided not to seek re-election the moment he switched to independent in 2019.

  7. Andy

    George, that is wrong. The LP of MI is a recognized party, and Amash could have run as a Libertarian. He just decided to roll over and give up the seat without even trying.

  8. Jared

    Andy,

    Is the Mises Caucus still butthurt that Amash dipped his toe in the LP presidential nomination process just long enough for Hornberger to throw a temper tantrum and wreck his chances?

    By refusing to run and lose as a Libertarian, he did what was best for his own political future as well as the party.

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