Report: DeVos ally Greg McNeilly says billionaire family is done with Amash

    Betsy DeVos being sworn in as education secretary by Vice President Mike Pence, accompanied by her husband, Dick DeVos

    Longtime DeVos family ally Greg McNeilly tells the Daily Beast that the West Michigan billionaires have had enough of U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.), thank you very much.

    Justin Amash | Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

    McNeilly, who has had various roles in DeVos campaigns and organizations, said Amash’s comments over the weekend that President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses is “the straw that’s broke the camel’s back.”

    That’s not terribly surprising, as Betsy DeVos serves as Trump’s education secretary and the activities of her brother, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, earn several mentions in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian 2016 election interference.

    Losing the DeVoses’ backing is not insignificant, as the Daily Beast notes:

    The wealthy DeVos clan, which hails from Amash’s west-central Michigan district, backed the libertarian congressman in 2014 when he faced a primary challenger fueled by establishment forces in the party. Members of the family—which is one of the biggest financial supporters of conservative causes—collectively contributed $65,000 to Amash’s primary and general-election campaigns, helping him defeat his Republican opponent by 14 percentage points.

    Greg McNeilly | Facebook

    McNeilly says prominent conservative donors “are fed up and done with [Amash].” He’s drawn two primary challengers already for 2020 and team Trump could back someone. The outlet also reports that former Trump adviser Steve Bannon isn’t a fan and advocated primarying Amash in 2018.

    As for McNeilly, who regularly gets prime real estate on the Detroit News opinion page, well, his Twitter feed is truly a trip, with a healthy dose of conspiracy theories and several references to “being woke,” although it’s not clear he’s aware of what that means. Here are a few of his recent greatest hits:

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    1. Thanks for the article. Greg McNeilly is simply a hack following the lead of his handlers. Sometimes I wonder what it is like to have sold one’s soul to a powerful person(s) for a paycheck? And then I read something like this and realize everyone living in poverty in West Michigan has a better lot in life than someone like him.

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