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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Jim Graves Suspends Campaign Against Michele Bachmann, Says ‘Mission Accomplished’

Bachmann Graves

 

Representative Michelle Bachmann’s (R-MN) biggest threat to re-election, Jim Graves, decided on Friday morning to indefinitely suspend his campaign for her seat in Minnesota’s 6th congressional district. Bachmann announced late Tuesday night that she would no longer be seeking a fifth term.

Graves told the Minnesota Post, “Basically, after all that’s gone on, and with Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I’ve been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, ‘Mission Accomplished.’ She wasn’t representing the people of the 6th district appropriately, and now she won’t be representing them. There’s no way anyone could run and win who would be worse than Michele Bachmann. So we accomplished that task.”

For a district that favored former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election with 56 percent, the congressional results uncomfortably close for the Bachmann campaign — she barely won the district with 50.5 percent of the votes; Graves trailed closely with 49.3 percent.

In her video announcement, Bachmann didn’t explain her decision to leave Congress. She did state that since a president can serve for no longer than eight years, “eight years is also long enough for an individual to serve as a representative for a specific congressional district.” She continued, “Be assured my decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to Congress. I’ve always in the past defeated candidates who were capable, qualified, and well funded. And I have every confidence that if I ran, that I would again defeat the individual who I defeated last year.” Despite claiming that she wasn’t concerned about not being re-elected, that seems to be exactly what she was afraid of. Just recently, over Memorial Day weekend, Bachmann was campaigning in her home district. Additionally, she is currently the subject of campaign ethics investigations.

Public Policy Polling released poll data that pointed to what could have been a difficult re-election for the congresswoman. Only 34 percent of Minnesota voters have a favorable opinion of Bachmann, and 60 percent unfavorable.

While Graves didn’t specify a reason for the decision to suspend his campaign, even as a moderate Democrat he too may have faced a difficult election in a predominantly conservative district against anyone but an ultra right-wing, Tea Party candidate like Bachmann. “I was just the guy who was running against her,” Graves told the Post. “I’m humble enough to realize that.”

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  • bpai99

    That’s one of the more unexpected political announcements I’ve seen in while (even more so than Bachmann’s). I like Graves even more as a result, because he appears to be neither a narcissist nor an egomaniac. In others, he’s entirely unfit for politics.

  • Lovefacts

    I wish Graves had stayed in. However, the truth is the district is very, very red and he probably wouldn’t have won against anyone but Bachmann.

  • Allan Richardson

    I hope that he reconsiders when he finds out who will be Bachmann’s replacement candidate in the GOP. It is no disgrace to lose, but it is a disgrace not to fight.

    • Fern Woodfork

      Graves Better Stay On His Toes No Telling What Nutjob They Will Replace Queen Crazy With?? LOL

  • doninsd

    Moving the spotlight from Graves to Bachmann; did anyone else find it curious that on May 20th the FBI launched an investigation into her campaign finances, and nine days later she retires? Hmmm. It seems Mr. Graves may have had some help in accomplishing his mission.

    • johninPCFL

      Oddly, Palin did nearly the exact same thing. Well maybe it’s not so odd after all…kooks of a feather and all that.

  • concerned Grandma

    I also suspect that Jim Graves cannot win in this district if he is not running against Michele Bachmann. If I think positively, I am hopeful that a rare breed moderate conservative who is capable of constructive thought will emerge. If I give in to negativity, I am fearful that the district loved its demagoguery far to much and will appoint another MB.

  • barneybolt12

    The 6th District lost a good candidate when he decided to not run. I believe he had a better than good chance of winning the seat. I think the 6th district is tired of the GOP/TP in the House. Hated to see him leave the race.

    • plc97477

      I assume if the gop decide to run another dingie he would step in and try.