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.
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.