Report: Rep. Mitchell retiring in 2020

    Paul Mitchell

    U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) is retiring after only two terms representing Macomb County and the Thumb, Politico reported Wednesday morning.

    Mitchell, who represents the reddest district in Michigan and just returned from a bipartisan “Problem Solvers Caucus” trip to the U.S.-southern border along with U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), last week said he wanted a meeting with President Donald Trump after a “Send her back” chant broke out at the president’s rally about U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a Somali refugee.

    Report: Mitchell asks for Trump meeting over ‘Send her back’ chant

    Mitchell told Politico he’s frustrated with Congress and also noted he has a 9-year-old son with special needs.

    “You look at the rhetoric and vitriol, it overwhelms policy, politics becomes the norm,” Mitchell said. “Everything’s about politics. Everything’s about an election. And at some point of time, that’s not why I came here.”

    The Advance will have more on this story today.

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    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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