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Nels Mitchell on Principles & Values

 


Idaho needs Senator who gets to work, not "Senator No"

Nels Mitchell said today he's not surprised Jim Risch is touting his dubious achievement as the most obstructionist senator in Washington. Mitchell said, "Risch has turned into 'Senator No,' and his negativism is hurting Idaho. When he votes against funding for INL, against protecting women from violence, against payments to Idaho's rural counties, he's voting against Idahoans."

"Jim Risch wants to run as the anti-everything candidate because he has a dismal record of working for Idaho," Mitchell said. "It's no wonder he says it doesn't matter if he's on the job or not, because when you vote the way he does, it really doesn't."

"It's easy to vote 'no' when you're on the extreme fringe and your vote doesn't count," he said. "What's harder is to roll up your sleeves and get to work for Idaho. That's what I'll do."

"Instead of bragging about how far right he is, Jim Risch should apologize to the people of Idaho for doing little but promoting gridlock and dysfunction," Mitchell said.

Source: Kuna Melba News on 2014 Idaho Senate race , Feb 13, 2014

Most conservative voting record in Senate in 2013

It was Risch--not Sens. Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Marco Rubio--who compiled the Senate's most conservative record, according to National Journal's newly released 2013 vote ratings. And he did so for the 2nd straight year and 3rd time overall since he took office in 2009.

Risch stands in contrast to his Republican Senate colleagues, not so much because he's more conservative but because he doesn't seek the spotlight like some, including three possible presidential candidates. Risch cedes the point. "I'm not running for president, and I don't have a book that I'm selling," he said. "So given that, there's a lot more work to be done right in this room than there is to walking over to the rotunda and getting on Fox or what have you."

Those who know him say he's a strict constitutionalist, a believer in small government and states' rights. His voting record is more conservative than those of Minority Leader McConnell (#25) and tea-party stars Cruz (#4), Paul (#19) and Rubio (#17).

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2014 Idaho Senate race , Feb 10, 2014

Served in state Senate and as Lt. Governor, then governor

Risch came to the Senate in 2009 after Larry Craig, charged with soliciting sex from an undercover cop, decided not to run again. Risch spent nearly three decades in state government, including a yearlong stint as governor (he filled a vacant term), two terms as lieutenant governor and two decades in the state Senate, much of the time as majority leader.
Source: Idaho Statesman on 2014 Idaho Senate race , Feb 10, 2014

Never been within 150 miles of Harry Reid; not hand-picked

Only hours after Democrat Nels Mitchell announced his candidacy, the Risch campaign fired off a statement trying to link Mitchell with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and a "big spending liberal legislative agenda."

"I don't think I've ever been within 150 miles of Harry Reid," Mitchell said of Risch's accusation that he was handpicked. He fired back that Risch has spent his term in Washington serving the interests of himself and hardcore conservatives.

Both camps hope to define the other as "extreme." Mitchell's campaign is focused on labeling Risch a "fringe" tea party conservative. The campaign's message aims to isolate Risch from at least two of his peers in the Idaho Congressional delegation. Mitchell said, if elected, he would team up with Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and champion federal protection of the Boulder-White Clouds tract through legislation. He also said he would have partnered with Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and co-sponsored VAWA.

Source: Magic Valley Times-News on 2014 Idaho Senate race , Jan 15, 2014

Middle-of-the-road Democrat; I'll team up with Republicans

Mitchell's narrative targets moderate Republicans who might be unhappy with Risch's conservatism. "I'm a moderate Democrat," said the 60 year-old Boise native. "A lot of us are middle-of-the-road Democrats."

Mitchell said, if elected, he would team up with Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and champion federal protection of the Boulder-White Clouds tract through legislation. He also said he would have partnered with Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and co-sponsored VAWA.

Source: Magic Valley Times-News on 2014 Idaho Senate race , Jan 15, 2014

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