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Former lawmaker throws shade on Justin Amash's victory speech

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There are two ways politicians can criticize each other.

In his victory speech Tuesday, Rep. Justin Amash went for the direct route, calling retired lawmaker Pete Hoekstra "a disgrace."

"You are a disgrace. And I'm glad we could hand you one more loss before you fade into total obscurity and irrelevance," he said.

In response, Hoekstra, who had earned Amash's ire for starring in an attack ad during the campaign, went for some indirect criticism.

“Hey, I wish Justin the best,” he told the Washington Examiner in a brief phone interview.

“What people say and what people do are very very important and they shape the Image and the perception that people have of you,” he added. “And I’m assuming that what Justin had to say was well thought-out.”

In his victory speech, Amash also went hard after his opponent, self-funding businessman Brian Ellis.

"You owe my family and this community an apology for your disgusting, despicable smear campaign,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “You had the audacity to try and call me today after running a campaign that was called the nastiest in the country. I ran for office to stop people like you."

One Michigan Republican operative who backed Ellis told the Examiner the speech confirmed his distaste for Amash.

“This kind of justifies why we did it,” he said.

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Betsy Woodruff

Political Writer
The Washington Examiner

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