Former Michigan congressman Paul Mitchell dies of cancer

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Former Michigan Congressman Paul Mitchell – a Republican who broke with his party against former President Donald Trump – has died of cancer, his family said Monday.

Mitchell, of Dryden Township, left the Republican Party in December over false allegations of electoral fraud promulgated by Trump and others, saying it was “unacceptable for political candidates to treat our electoral system as if we were one. third world nation and instigate mistrust of something. as fundamental as the sanctity of our vote. “

Mitchell, 64, had previously chosen not to run for a third two-year term representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District. He passed away on Sunday and is survived by his wife, six children and six grandchildren. He completed his last term as an independent.

In a statement, Mitchell’s wife Sherry said her husband is “the embodiment of who we can be if we choose to love and fight for what matters.”

“I’m immensely proud of him and never more than when he was the only voice in a sea of ​​politicians who cared more about power than the true definition of office.”

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Mitchell, a businessman, first rose to prominence in 2015 as a leader of the Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals, a group that successfully fought the former governor’s proposed vote. Rick Snyder to raise sales tax and fuel taxes to fund road repairs.

Previously, Mitchell worked in vocational technical training at Chrysler before joining Ross Education, LLC, a company that prepared people for careers in medical and technical fields. He then became the president of the company.

“Paul was a totally self-taught guy,” said Republican Michigan consultant Jamie Roe, who worked for Mitchell.

“He was always on the side of the truth. He was a conservative warrior who was much less interested in personalities than in politics.”

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Mitchell “led with his values ​​and always stood up for what he believed was right, even when he had to oppose his own party, the president or political wisdom. conventional “.

Mitchell “embodied the values ​​we all aspire to – he was independent, witty and principled,” said Whitmer.

US Representative Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, said Mitchell was a class act and stood up for what he believed in. “

“He was a close friend and colleague, always ready to listen, even when we didn’t agree. Until the end, Paul kept the smile and humor in his words, as did John Dingell “, her late husband and former dean of Congress.

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, former Congressman, said: “Paul Mitchell has always been true to his beliefs and values. Thoughts and prayers to his entire family.”

Mitchell revealed in June that he had been diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Mitchell will be remembered for “standing up for our democracy,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said.

“Paul refused to lose his integrity to gain political points, and although we may have disagreed on many issues, I will respect and always admire him for his commitment to doing what was right until the very end. end, ”she said.

U.S. Representative John Moolenaar, R-Midland, said he was heartbroken over Mitchell’s death.

“He has always stood up for his beliefs, especially as the leader of the School Choice Caucus, and he worked hard to do what was right for Michigan families,” Moolenaar said.

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