Commentary: Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-AZ was sent to D.C. last year replacing J.D. Hayworth as Arizona’s representative from District 5. He ran a campaign basically attacking Hayworth for becoming part of the Republican party’s “establishment” and being more in touch with his party bosses and special interest contributors than to his constituents. All of which appears to have been true. Now, I have no love for Harry Mitchell. The guy is the antithesis of just about everything I stand for politically. However, after being a staunch supporter and backer of Hayworth from the beginning, and watching him free-fall into the political party and special interest machine… Mitchell seemed to be a necessary evil. I think that’s how many Republican voters in district 5 viewed it.
Last night I was listening to J.D. on his radio talk show extract his pound of flesh from Mitchell’s vote change on the floor of the House. Indeed, Mitchell’s act was a pathetic display of statesmanship (or should I say, lack there of). Hayworth certainly had fun with it. It was a rather classic piece of irony.
One thing is certain. Our attempts to send ANYBODY to D.C. representing us and not the special interests or party bosses, isn’t going very well. It doesn’t seem to matter which side of the aisle they sit on. One has to wonder what’s in the water there that corrupts everyone that drinks from the fountain.
Mitchell’s asshattery last week was a HUGE slap in the face not only to Arizona, but also to the vast majority of his constituency. He blatantly reneged on his promise to his constituents and caved in to his party bosses. I guess you could say he pulled a Kyl on us. Arizona’s Own Espresso Pundit has the ugly details.
Take a moment and watch the video. Harry Mitchell clearly casts the deciding vote to kill the Republican amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from profiting off of the farm bill.
What is Mitchell thinking? He cast the deciding vote to kill an amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from getting government benefits. Similar measures on the Arizona ballot passed with nearly 75% support. Mitchell had the chance to side with the voters of his district, or with the Democratic Leadership. He was with the voters initially, but when it became clear that his vote was actually going to matter, he jumped back into Nancy Pelosi’s arms.
Now contrast that against what Harry Mitchell said in one of his first campaign commercials.
You’re right Harry. There is DEFINATLY need for a change in Washington, again. And you have proven you’re not it. You havn’t even been there a year and you’ve already fogotten about the people you represent. At least J.D. waited ’till his re-election, or at least ’till Newt was gone, to just give lip service to his constituents and serve the special interests and party bosses. You made a beeline straight toward corruption and party politics. I guess we can chalk another one up to the ilk and likes of Jon”Benedict”Kyl.
Every time I read or write about these damn politicians that claim to represent us, I think about good people like Mr. Nelson Lee Walker. Of course we know what he would tell us. “Tro da bums out!”