Massie catches attention of national media for views, off-grid lifestyle

06/04/2015 09:53 AM

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, has caught the attention of national media for his complex relationship with Republican Party leadership and his personal beliefs.

Buzzfeed has labeled Massie the new go-to member of the Republican conference for Democratic members looking for a GOP member to sponsor legislation on everything from surveillance, to industrial hemp, to cell-phone unlocking legislation.

“What I tell folks is don’t confuse ideologues with partisans,” Massie told Pure Politics on the attention. “Ideologues read the bills, they read everything in the bill because they are very passionate about what they believe in. Partisans only read the recommendation that their leadership gives them.”

“Partisans only vote with the party, regardless of how they feel about the issue, whereas I’ll vote on the issue, regardless of where my party is.”

The article references Massie’s tenuous relationship with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who he has opposed in leadership elections, and his Tesla driving — off-grid lifestyle.

Massie told Pure Politics that he plans on running for re-election to his 4th Congressional district seat, and has not thought about seeking U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s post — if Paul were to catch fire and win the GOP nomination for president.

The tea party legislator has been an ally of Paul’s throughout his term, with some national media listing him as one of Paul’s “nerd army.”

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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