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The story cites "several" libertarian activists close to the congressman.

Amash is a favorite of Ron Paul backers, many of whom see him as the heir to Paul's throne in the House. He has been a thorn in the side of House GOP leadership and recently was removed from his committee slots by House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio). Shortly after that, he voted against BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE for Speaker.

If Levin retires, the seat could be competitive for the GOP — but an Amash candidacy might complicate things because his hardline economic views would be a tough sell statewide in Democratic-leaning Michigan.