TL;DR: “After much reflection,” Congressman Justin Amash tweeted, “I’ve concluded that circumstances don’t lend themselves to my success as a candidate for president this year, and therefore I will not be a candidate.”
Pro-Bitcoin Candidate for US President Will Not Run
After little more than a few weeks from his Presidential exploratory committee announcement, and changing his official party affiliation to become the first official Libertarian member of the US House of Representatives, Justin Amash is done. “I’ve spent nearly three weeks assessing the race,” he acknowledged, “appearing in media, talking to delegates and donors, watching the Libertarian Party’s convention plan unfold, and gathering feedback from family, friends, and other advisers.”
In the end, US politics at this moment in time for a Third Party candidate, much less a Libertarian, seemed to be at a messy juncture. The country, of course, is headlong into fights over how quickly and which states should loosen lockdown restrictions, and so campaigning has been severely hampered. Even with social media, an already disadvantaged startup politician like Amash faces even larger hurdles to get seen and considered seriously by voters.
Thanks for your support as I’ve been exploring a run for president as the potential nominee of the Libertarian Party.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 16, 2020
“This was a difficult decision for me, especially having seen grassroots supporters put so much effort into this campaign. It’s been humbling and awesome,” Amash continued in his goodbye thread, repeating the obvious about logistical problems for his candidacy during a once in a 100-year disaster. From the outside, Amash didn’t make any major gaffes or embarrass himself during his short flirtation, so he might be an electoral force in the future. He was, however, the lone pro-Bitcoin candidate in contrast to Trump (against) and Biden (no overt position).
The next closest in terms of crypto enthusiasm was Andrew Yang who ran for the Democratic Party nomination and managed to capture a significate portion of the ecosystem’s imagination (Amash didn’t really catch-on). By mid-February, Yang left the race. He did go on to endorse Biden, and Yang’s campaign staff has been in contact with the Biden team … so maybe some pro-crypto energy will find its way to Executive Branch eventually.
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