GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first TV ad from the challenger in the Third Congressional District is another indication that the August primary race could become spirited.
The U.S. Third Congressional District covers parts or all of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.
West Michigan businessman Brian Ellis has long made it clear that he would take on fellow Republican and incumbent Rep. Justin Amash for his seat.
Ellis has already run radio advertisements and has produced weekly news releases challenging Amash’s votes, which he calls “bizarre.” Now, Ellis’s first television ad has upped the ante.
The ad points out that Amash was the only Republican in the Michigan congressional delegation to vote against a bill to ban gender-selected abortions.
“The ad is despicable, disgusting, and beyond the pale. It reveals a profound lack of character. West Michigan expects more — even from desperate politicians like Brian Ellis,” a response from the Amash campaign says in part. “Justin Amash is 100% pro-life and opposes abortion.”
The statement then explained why Amash voted no on the bill:
“The legislation at issue would not have made a single abortion illegal,” it says. “Instead, it would have created a thought crime, which conservatives oppose.”
While some outside groups have already run ads that support some of Amash’s positions, the campaign itself has not yet run television commercials.
The filling deadline to run for office is April 22.