Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., said will not seek re-election.
“You look at the rhetoric and vitriol, it overwhelms policy, politics becomes the norm,” the two-term congressman told Politico. “Everything’s about politics. Everything’s about an election. And at some point of time, that’s not why I came here.
“The problem is it trickles down to our constituents, where they think it’s OK. And they think this is the way the world should be. I think leaders have to lead. They have to stand up, and they have to demonstrate what we should expect of each other in our country. I was commenting earlier to our senior staff, ‘Do we see the next four (years), in the near term, the better angels coming out of this?’"
Mitchell said he reached the decision after spending time with his family.
“I’m having my schedule controlled by an entity that doesn’t care about schedules because there are too many people in this town that their entire life is revolved on being a member of Congress. Hell, I have a newsflash for them: There’s more in life. There’s a whole world out there outside this city that’s a pretty damn nice place.”
Mitchell was first elected in 2016. He represents the 10th Congressional District – considered a safe seat for Republicans, according to Roll Call.
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