Sunday, February 22, 2015

May 5th DRAMA: Meekhof Interrupts, Calls Paul Mitchell A Liar, Refuses Challenge To Debate

By Brandon Hall   
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Things got interesting in the 2nd Congressional District's caucus room Friday night when Paul Mitchell took to the stage to rally the crowd for his group "Say No To Higher Taxes And Special Interest Deals."

As he was speaking, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof accused Mitchell of lying, interrupting him as he spoke. Mitchell immediately shot back, challenging Meekhof to a defacto debate. "Come on up here!" Mitchell said, as Meekhof shook his head, refusing.

Meekhof supports may quip it would not be appropriate to have debated Mitchell, but how in the hell was it appropriate to interrupt and call him a liar?

Reminds me of Joe Wilson interrupting Obama at the State of the Union, only Mitchell was ready to "knuckle up" on the spot! This shows that we MUST see a debate between Paul Mitchell and Meekhof or a designee. If the package is so good, surely Meekhof and lots of people will jump at the opportunity to debate Mitchell, right?


Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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  1. Leader Meekhof is wrong. When our FULL TIME legislators can’t do the job right I say it’s appropriate to put them on PART TIME!

  2. We invited three legislators who voted "FOR" the tax proposal to debate or, as an alternative, merely appear at the debate and make a statement as to why they had voted "FOR". All three declined (Kesto, McCready, Kowall). To vote "FOR" something and be unwilling to comment as to why is embarrassing and they should be.