Retired Michigan Congress President Paul Mitchell said Monday he would be free to leave the Republican Party to oppose his former party’s efforts to overthrow President-elect Biden.
Dryden’s representative Mitchell is nearing the end of his second and final term. He wrote a letter the same day to Republican National Committee Chairman Rona McCadanil and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Voters formalized Mr. Biden’s victory.
He said, “It is unacceptable for political candidates to behave like our electoral system, even though we are a third world nation and incite distrust on something as fundamental as the sanctity of our vote.”
Mitchell said he voted for Mr. Trump despite some reservations that he would keep his trust in leadership for another four years. He criticized GOP leaders for tolerating “futile conspiracy theories” without defending a safe election process. He did not join the 106 House Republicans who signed the Texas lawsuit. Denied by the Supreme Court – who sought to invalidate the results in Michigan and three other states.
“I believe that raw political ideology, not constitutional or electoral integrity concerns, encourages many in the party leadership to support efforts to ‘prevent theft’, which is very frustrating for me,” Mitchell wrote. “As elected members of Congress, we swear to ‘uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States’, and not to protect and defend the political interests of any person, whether President or anyone else, at the expense of our wives.”
“As a result, I am writing to advise you both that I withdraw from my engagement and alliance with the Republican Party at both the national and state levels.” “… I also urge the Clark of the US House of Representatives to change my party’s affiliation to independent for the remainder of my term. While acknowledging it is symbolic, we all know that symbols are important.”
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