Rep. Paul Mitchell Announced That He’s Switching His Affiliation From Republican To Independent


Retiring Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan, who did not run for reelection during the 2020 contest, announced on Monday that he is switching his affiliation from Republican to Independent.

“While admittedly symbolic, we all know that symbols matter,” Mitchell said in a letter to Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

In the letter the congressman noted that he had voted for President Trump in the 2020 election even though he had “some reservations” about the prospect of another Trump term.

“Any candidate, including the president, is entitled to request recounts and pursue legal challenges they believe are appropriate if they possess evidence of wrongdoing. President Trump has undertaken or supported both of these options. Recounts have failed to significantly alter the vote outcome in any state and dozens of court cases have been summarily dismissed in both state and Federal courts across our nation,” Mitchell wrote.

“It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third-world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote,” Mitchell declared.

“The stability and strength of our democracy has been an ongoing concern for me. I expressed strong concerns about the president’s response to Charlottesville, the anti-immigrant ‘send them back’ rhetoric, and even the racist comments of my o

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