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
Jim Graves, CEO of the Graves Hospitality hotel company, in a file photo.   (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)

(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."

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Jun 2, 2013 9:35 PM CDT
The real reason is he can not raise money for his campaign because Michele stepped down. He is a no name without Michele. Tell the truth for once.
Jun 2, 2013 7:39 AM CDT
Conservatives don't like paying taxes but they're OK with paying salaries to useless Republicans who do nothing but seek cult status. Conservatives hate it when people go on welfare but they don't mind paying Republicans not to govern.
May 31, 2013 6:03 PM CDT
It's a Bachmann "ploy" Graves will stop fund raising and as late as possible Bachmann will announce she's running. Of course as a "Flea Party" darling then they'll (TP) dump all the funds she needs. Face it she's one hell of a liar and story teller.