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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 Andrew BoehnerBoehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader Scaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' MORE (R-Ohio). Shortly after that, he voted against BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader Scaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' 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.