Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell has voted in line with President Trump more than 95% of the time. As a member of the House Republican leadership team, he helped whip the vote to ensure Trump’s cornerstone policies became law. Insiders even considered him a contender to win the GOP primary for Michigan’s 2022 gubernatorial race.
However, the retiring representative has had enough of the GOP — citing his disgust with the Republican Party’s support for unsubstantiated, albeit compelling, allegations of systemic voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
The Detroit News reports:
Mitchell’s announcement came shortly after Michigan’s electors cast their votes in the Electoral College on Monday for President-elect Joe Biden, who won Michigan by 154,000 votes.
Trump has repeatedly made unproven claims that there was “massive” voter fraud in Michigan’s election, but Mitchell for weeks has called on the president to concede for the good of the nation.
He laid out his reasoning for leaving the party in a letter Monday to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Roney McDaniel.
While he acknowledged disconcerting aspects of the election process, Mitchell said Trump and his legal team have failed to “provide substantive evidence of fraud or administrative failure on a scale large enough to impact the outcome of the election.” He continued:
“If Republican leaders collectively sit back and tolerate unfounded conspiracy theories and ‘stop the steal’ rallies without speaking out for our electoral process, which the Department of Homeland Security said was ‘the most secure in American history,’ our nation will be damaged,” Mitchell said in the letter.
Mitchell has represented Michigan’s heavily-Republican 10th District since 2017.