Defeated Congressman Harry Mitchell: More Time for Grandchildren, Trips to Costco

Categories: Election 2010
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Congressman Harry Mitchell
A crowd of Congressman Harry Mitchell's supporters gathered at Tempe Mission Palms, waiting for the defeated congressman to arrive.

Mitchell, a Democrat who represented Congressional District 5 for two terms, lost his seat to Republican David Schweikert.

It was not a good night for the Dems,

Supporters applauded and chanted for a couple minutes before he emerged about 10:15 p.m. from a hallway with his wife and children.

After the obligatory thank-yous, he told the somber crowd that they sent him to Washington to make the tough decisions, "and that's what I did."

"I wouldn't change a single one," he told them.

He said that while there were many reasons to be disappointed tonight, looking back over the past four years, there were also many reasons to be proud.


Among them, raising the minimum wage for working families across the country, and passing historic healthcare reform helping millions of Americans.

As for what's next: "I'll enjoy a lot more time with my five grandchildren...we have  a lot of stories to share." And, he said, there will be more trips to Costco.

Mitchell said he will continue to be involved in the community and causes he believes in. He urged his supporters to do the same.

"That's the only we will continue to move our state forward."


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Jayfour
Jayfour

I have known Harry as my government teacher and his lovely wife Marianne - also a teacher. They are very nice genuine warm and authentic people. Harry's public service as Mayor of Tempe was outstanding. I have to say I did not follow him closely at the state level. This is where I think Harry should have stayed. Although he did some nice things for our veterans, his getting on board with the liberal progressive agenda is what brought him to defeat. I did my little bit in trying to obtain a conversation in why he wanted to support socialized medicine when his constituents were loudly saying "NO". Harry included me in his telephone conference but the calls were all pre-selected to support his position and Harry responded in his Pollyanna manner. I sent my apology that I like him as a person but could not support him in congress. Enjoy those grandkids and as for any future political aspirations - stay at home next time.

Happy Camper
Happy Camper

So long Harry.........Good Riddance......You can't spend my hard earned money anymore........You got what you had coming ...............

Derek Daniels
Derek Daniels

I live in in District 5 and his "tough decisions" were against the will of his constituents. I called, I wrote, I visited the office in town. They could never answer the questions on how the healthcare bill would reduce the cost of insurance for me and reduce the overall cost. Cost including what revenue is taken by the government (state and federal) and add it to what American's pay. They had no answer. It wasn't about cost reduction. It was about money and power. Less money for the doc on the corner (my customers) and more money for hospitals (big business). They made it appealing by throwing a bone to the American sheep herd. Maybe we could reduce the cost by realizing we are, by far, the fattest, most irresponsible, and most unaccountable nation in the world. That would be a start.

 Dismayed
Dismayed

What I would like to see is our political system following guidelines of some European nations. Those running for office can only begin their campaign six weeks prior to the election and each campaigner must only spend a set amount of money (every candidate's monetary amount to be spent is identical, and it is not an extravagant figure). That would put to rest all the contributions from big business and allow those with less funding to run. It would also alleviate the bombardment of ads, most negative, that do nothing to inform the public, only malign the opponents. Let's look for a more civil way to elect our leaders. This last election was depressing, and a terrible example to our young people.

Derek Daniels
Derek Daniels

I live in in District 5 and his "tough decisions" were againt the will of his constituents. I called, I wrote, I visited the office in town. They could never answer the questions on how the healthcare bill would reduce the cost of insurance for me and reduce the overall cost. Cost including what revenue is taken by the government (state and federal) and add it to what American's pay. They had no answer. It wasn't about cost reduction. It was about money and power. Less money for the doc on the corner (my customers) and more money for hospitals (big business). They made it appealing by throwing a bone to the American sheep herd. Maybe we could reduce the cost by realizing we are, by far, the fattest, more irresponsible, an unaccountable nation in the world. That would be a start.

 A fan
A fan

Our hearts are broken! Arizona is losing the finest congressman we could ever hope to have. We want to thank you for your diligence under fire, your optimism in the American people, and your mission, which was to give Americans every bit of your energy and strength. Please don’t give up on us…When the tide turns again, as it inevitably will, consider donating your time on our behalf once more.

Mr. Grim Reaper
Mr. Grim Reaper

Enjoy your retirement Mr. Mitchell. You can't say you did not see this coming. Many of us tried to bring you over and have our voices heard, too late for that. Best wishes to you and yours.

watchful
watchful

sad. Mitchell was the champion for veterans and small business.

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