North Dakota House candidate John Mitzel, 19, cited for underage drinking, stays in race

Categories: Booze, Politics
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Mitzel with Ron Paul, who is old enough to be his great-granddad.
We all know excessive drinking, especially when combined with driving, can do significant damage to a promising political career. But what about tipping a couple back before you're of legal age?

Of course, there's little to no precedent for that scenario -- not because under-21ers don't drink, but because they usually don't run for elected office. Meet John Mitzel.

Mitzel, 19, is a Fargo native and UND student majoring in political science and finance. Last month, he picked up the local Republican endorsement to run for the North Dakota House in a district that includes UND and surrounding neighborhoods. And early in the morning on March 2, he was cited for underage drinking. He plans to stay in the race.

Mitzel was a passenger in a car that was pulled over, perhaps after a Legendary evening at a campus party. Officers noticed he'd been drinking and arrested him, leaving him with a citation for minor consumption.

Asked by the Grand Forks Herald if his arrest means he'll leave the race, Mitzel said: "I apologize for my mistake and lapse in judgment, but it will not cloud my ability to serve in the legislature."

If you're curious, Mitzel's ragged campaign website gives the following rationale for his barely legal House run:
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Mitzel regards NoDako as a "beacon of hope for struggling states." If only those 'struggling states' were lucky enough to sit on a smorgasbord of fossil fuels.
In the past few years, while the rest of the country has been in steep economic decline, North Dakota has flourished and become the economic envy of the nation and a beacon of hope for struggling states. We are an example for the way that government can, and should be run.

Our history shows that when government is run efficiently and when regulations are constructed thoughtfully - and only when absolutely necessary - businesses respond by creating jobs and the economy prospers.

I am a Conservative, and if I am elected I will bring conservative values to Bismarck. This is not the time to put the brakes on our economy, we need to ensure North Dakota keeps moving forward.
North Dakota voters, you know how the old saying goes: 'If you're a conservative before 30, you have no heart; liberal after 30, you have no brain.' There may or may not be truth to that adage, but either way let's not be too hard on Mitzel for getting busted drinking. After all, what else is there to do in Grand Forks?
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10 comments
Hambone
Hambone

 "he will bring conservative values to bismarck." that means he will be shoving religion and morality down peoples throats while selling his soul to his corporate masters.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Let see, a democrat union activist pig pulls over a car and tickets a kid who is a passenger. Sounds like a set up to me.

Heh kid, if a punk can do cocaine and get into the white house, you sure deserve a shot at congress. good luck!

Jason Carle
Jason Carle

Grow up, maybe if you get some common sense when you are a bit older and after living in the real world you can try again kid...

HotLunch
HotLunch

His biggest "influence" is Tom Emmer!

Joe
Joe

 And the 'punk' you are referring to would be George W. Bush, yes?

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Yeah actually, I was. Jerk.

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