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Bachmann opponent suddenly retires, too
Hot Air ^ | May 31, 2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/31/2013 11:52:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

After Michele Bachmann announced her retirement this week, many people — Republicans included — thought the move would make it easier for the GOP to hold MN-06 with a fresh face. Looks like Bachmann’s already-announced opponent, Jim Graves, agrees:

Minnesota Democratic congressional candidate Jim Graves plans to halt his campaign to replace Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann in Congress just days after she ruled out a re-election run, according to his top aide.

Campaign manager Aaron Wells told The Associated Press that Graves will issue a statement later Friday explaining the decision. Graves was quoted as saying the goal of unseating Bachmann was complete.

That leaves both parties without a candidate … and Republicans with a Cook index of R+8 in the district. Small wonder that Graves would rather spend his money on other pursuits.

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TOPICS: Minnesota; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: congress; gop; michelebachmann; minnesota

1 posted on 05/31/2013 11:52:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What are the odds he just wanted to,retire on the campaign donations?


2 posted on 06/01/2013 12:03:48 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Strange.

Is there a scandal going on here?

I know the media will never tell us, I’m just wondering.


3 posted on 06/01/2013 12:36:56 AM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a pathetic human being if I only ran to unseat someone -he had no plan to serve his constituents or a fire in his belly to make changes - he just hated someone enough to try to bring them down.


4 posted on 06/01/2013 12:44:22 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Tzimisce

Follow the money. Graves lost his outside financial backing when Bachmann decided not to run. There isn’t enough bribe money in the race for him to become a ‘Rat stooge.


5 posted on 06/01/2013 2:30:50 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Jonty30

“What are the odds he just wanted to, retire on the campaign donations?”

7.Personal use of political contributions is prohibited. Elec. Code § 253.035.

(The most likely reason I’ve seen for Weiner’s mayoral campaign is that it will allow him to use his campaign funds for whatever fudging he has in mind. I’d imagine, for example, the campaign could buy him a BMW super car and he’d keep it afterwards.)


6 posted on 06/01/2013 2:32:41 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

I know that many politicians have bought themselves mansions, to use as campaign headquarters.


7 posted on 06/01/2013 2:39:15 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Someone said that she quit because she couldn't beat her long time opponent again.
Somebody on Fox was very wrong. Darned if I can remember which talking head said it.
8 posted on 06/01/2013 2:41:39 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: MaxMax
Saying that Bachmann is quitting is idiotic anyway. She's stepping down at the end of her term in some 18 months.

Where are the headlines saying that Carl Levin is quitting? Where are the pundits declaring that "he's quitting" because he can't win again?

Thank God she's not going to be a "Dingell-berry" and cling to the seat forever.

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9 posted on 06/01/2013 3:20:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s dropping out because facing Bachmann was his best (only?) shot at winning. The district is solid GOP, but the left’s relentless attacks on Bachmann have hurt her substantially in recent elections. It’s why she only won by a couple of points last year, even though Romney carried the district by ~15. Another GOP candidate would crush this guy.


10 posted on 06/01/2013 6:11:03 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: cripplecreek

Something is strange about her withdrawal. I was getting fundraising emails several times per week before she dropped out. She may have not liked her prospects.


11 posted on 06/01/2013 6:18:19 AM PDT by freedomrings69
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She may have not liked her prospects.

Everyone with an IQ of about 12 agrees with you. You morons need to pull your heads out of your idiot asses and look around.

Funny how you Kapo republicans aren't saying Carl Levin is retiring because he doesn't like his prospects. Why is that?
12 posted on 06/01/2013 6:24:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Gen.Blather
7.Personal use of political contributions is prohibited. Elec. Code § 253.035.

So cute, but don't you know, laws only apply to them Tea Party types...

13 posted on 06/01/2013 6:24:15 AM PDT by Bull Man
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To: freedomrings69

More likely the RNC cut her funding since their loser consultants told them so.


14 posted on 06/01/2013 7:49:27 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Jonty30

Candidates haven’t been able to use political contributions to federal elections coffers for personal use since the 80s. Most use any leftover funds to help other candidates, i.e., to buy chits. To a pol that’s more valuable.


15 posted on 06/01/2013 8:13:45 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Jonty30

“I know that many politicians have bought themselves mansions, to use as campaign headquarters.”

Name one.


16 posted on 06/01/2013 8:15:02 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

Harry Reid.


17 posted on 06/01/2013 8:18:36 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: EDINVA

That’s good to know, though there is probably a way around this.

You don’t think politicians will really close one perk without a way to compensate for it?


18 posted on 06/01/2013 8:23:47 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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oh, hell ... Harry made his $$$$ shaking down real estate interests in LVNV. That little twerp didn’t even arrive in DC till the 80s. By that time the conversion to personal funds loophole had closed. His political contribution are chump change compared to the LV shakedown $$$.


19 posted on 06/01/2013 9:00:13 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Jonty30

Um, I don’t remember Rep. Bachman saying anything about “retirement”. She said she wasn’t running again for Representative of her district.


20 posted on 06/01/2013 10:54:44 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: freedomrings69

Something is strange about her withdrawal. I was getting fundraising emails several times per week before she dropped out. She may have not liked her prospects.
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Well she can give her campaign funds to other campaigns as I understand it. And her fundraising emails were probably going out largely on “automatic pilot” following a long-term plan.


21 posted on 06/03/2013 6:03:26 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Jonty30

He does not get the funds personally.


22 posted on 06/26/2013 2:29:27 PM PDT by DallasSun
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