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Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010 3:00 am

U.S. CONGRESS DISTRICT 5

Harry Mitchell “must think your money grows on trees.”

David Schweikert “is a predatory real estate speculator ... who even evicted a homeowner on the verge of saving his house, just to make a buck.”

Mitchell’s “insistence that we punish the American people with more bad government that crowds out real growth is unconscionable.”

Schweikert “as treasurer, had ethics problems and a record of mismanaging our money.”

As the national interest in this important congressional race has ramped up, so have the allegations coming from both sides.

If you can get beyond the mudslinging — most of which is exaggerated — there are things to like about both candidates.

The Republican Schweikert has a solid background in finance — a strong asset given the budget deficit facing the country. We need congressional leaders committed to curtailing the federal government’s free-spending ways.

Mitchell has a strong record serving the District 5 area — as a teacher, a state senator and the longtime mayor of Tempe (the city erected a 35-foot statue of Mitchell in downtown Tempe and renamed the city’s government center the Harry E. Mitchell Government Complex).

Mitchell easily defeated Schweikert in 2008 as he rode the Democratic wave that put Barack Obama in office. This year’s rematch has taken a different turn given the country’s uneasiness after two years of Obama and the Republican surge to take back Congress. Mitchell’s voting record — he backed health-care reform and the $787 billion stimulus — has also made him more vulnerable in this Republican-leaning district.

Given all that, we still like Mitchell in this race.

District 5 is much more moderate than many Republican districts in the state, and Mitchell has represented that trait for years. He has a Republican co-sponsor on every bill he submits, is an advocate for veterans and small business, and is just a genuine person (he has not hid from or tried to couch his support for Obamacare).

After a long and distinguished career, Mitchell deserves to remain in Congress.

U.S. CONGRESS DISTRICT 6

Jeff Flake is a conservative and one of the few Republicans who is an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.

U.S. SENATE

John McCain’s stock may have fallen, but he is still a powerful voice and a world leader who serves Arizona well.

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