With Bachmann Out, Her Rival Leaves Politics

'Mission Accomplished,' says Jim Graves

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 31, 2013 1:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – Jim Graves apparently had a very specific political agenda: Defeat Michele Bachmann. The Democratic businessman came within a whisker of doing so in Minnesota last year, and now that Bachmann has announced she's not running for re-election to Congress, that would seem to be good news for Graves' political career, right? But Graves tells MinnPost in the wake of Bachmann's announcement that he's leaving politics.

"I’ve been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, ‘Mission Accomplished,'" he says. "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.” Daily Intel adds some context, noting that this is a heavily Republican district. "In other words, against a qualified and sane Republican, he has no chance."

Jim Graves, CEO of the Graves Hospitality hotel company, in a file photo.
Jim Graves, CEO of the Graves Hospitality hotel company, in a file photo.   (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)
Michele Bachmann isn't running for re-election.
Michele Bachmann isn't running for re-election.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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