Remarks by John Mitchel at the April 15th Springfield Tea Party Rally

Since 1980, Ohio has lost five Congressional House seats and will lose two more after the 2010 census. Since 1983 we have had three Congressional Representatives in the 7th District – Mike DeWine, Dave Hobson and Steve Austria. Who more than these three career politicians is more responsible for the sad state of affairs here in the 7th District and around the nation? It happened on their watch and they have to accept the responsibility for the runaway spending and $12.6 trillion debt.

There are at least three important issues that clearly set our campaign apart from these three career politicians; our support for term limits and the FairTax, and our relentless fight against fraud, waste, abuse and corruption in government.

If elected, I will spend no more than two terms in Congress; then I will return home to Ohio to enjoy the freedom and liberty we worked hard to protect while I served in Washington. We need many more citizen legislators and many fewer self-interested career politicians.

My first official act after taking the oath of office will be to co-sponsor H.R. 25, which will enable the FairTax. My opponent has had more than a year to do so, but has chosen not to, and the reason is that once we do away with the income tax, the lobbyists and special interests have much less leverage, if any at all in affecting the behavior of those congressmen who have traded campaign cash for special favors, kickbacks and tax loopholes.

We don’t have time to cover the broad spectrum of where I believe my opponent has enabled fraud, waste, abuse and corruption in government, but it’s important we give you a flavor of what is going on underneath the radar.

From 2006 until October 2009, Steve Austria took credit for bringing up 100 jobs to the TPI Composites plant at 2145 Airpark Drive in Springfield. Here is the timeline as characterized on Steve Austria’s and TPI Composites’ websites:

November, 2006: TPI Composites opens Springfield production facility;

April 10, 2007: TPI Composites triples wind blade production capacity in Mexico plant;

April 12, 2007: TPI Composites reaches agreement to manufacture wind blades in China;

May 7, 2007: TPI Composites unveils first all-composite Army-ready truck cab in Warren, R.I.;

October 29, 2007: TPI Composites opens second wind blade plant in Mexico;

November 26, 2007: TPI Composites expands capacity in Iowa facility;

December 17, 2007: TPI Composites opens holding company in Scottsdale, Arizona;

September 16, 2008: TPI Composites opens 316,000 square foot plant in Newton, Iowa;

February 2009: TPI Composites closes Springfield operation;

October 2009: Eight months after the plant closed, Steve Austria removes from his website his claim that he brought up to 100 jobs to the TPI Composites facility at 2145 Airpark Drive in Springfield.

Is that the kind of person we want representing us in Washington? — a person who makes false claims for almost three years, then tries to re-create history by quietly removing those false claims from his website. We think it’s time for a change. The issue is integrity; the candidate is John Mitchel; and the choice is yours. We request your strong consideration for a vote for John Mitchel in the May 4th Republican primary.

By Americans for John Mitchel

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