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Democrats Plan To Run Against Michele Bachmann Anyway
Buzz Feed ^ | 05/30/2013 | Evan McMorris-Santoro, Kate Nocera

Posted on 05/30/2013 2:07:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Michele Bachmann isn’t running for re-election but that doesn’t mean Democrats won’t run against her.

Her announcement was a little bittersweet for Democratic groups who have long used Bachmann’s out-there comments to build up e-mail lists, aggressively fundraise, and denounce her House colleagues.

But it was especially tough on Adam Graves, the son of businessman Jim Graves — the Democratic candidate who was gearing up for a rematch with the Republican firebrand. A little bit of the wind went out of the younger Graves’ sails early Wednesday morning when Bachmann’s YouTube video appeared. Adam got his first taste of electoral politics when he served as his dad’s 2012 campaign manager, and he helped lead his dad to a narrow defeat.

Adam is convinced they would have won in 2012 if he had “a week or two more,” and he was excited to take on Bachmann again, this time as an out-of-state senior advisor to his dad’s second run for Congress. Now he won’t get the chance.

“Part of me certainly was [hoping for a rematch],” Adam told BuzzFeed from his new home in Denver. “I’m not the candidate, I’m the candidate’s son and there’s no question that some of the thrill that I personally had in, you know, jumping into political arena had something to do with the fact that we were challenging one of the most outspoken members of the Tea Party.”

“And, you know, I think that some of that thrill is gone, no doubt,” Graves sighed. “But I think that my father has a lot to contribute to the problems that the country and the people of this district are facing. And so I think, by and large, nothing really changes.”

Graves said he spoke to his father after Bachmann’s video dropped and said Jim Graves was “a bit relieved” Bachmann left the race, but added that Jim wasn’t running to defeat Bachmann. Like other Democrats, Adam said that Bachmann’s mark will be left on the race after she quit. And national Democratic groups showed no signs of letting up Bachmann.

A Wednesday morning press release from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee indicated the play moving forward.

“Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party brand of extremism and obstruction have infected the entire Republican Congress, and her influence shows no signs of waning,” said Emily Bittner, spokeswoman for the DCCC. “This Republican Congress will continue to turn off Americans of all political stripes because they’re using the Bachmann playbook: put politics before solutions. The American people will now watch Republicans in Congress compete over who can be the most extreme and most radical to take Bachmann’s place pushing forward their extreme agenda.” The DCCC also posted an online “petition” asking supporters to enter an email address to say “Bye Bye to Bachmann.”

“Michele Bachmann just announced she’s quitting Congress. Good riddance! Tea Party conspiracy theories, shady ethics and ridiculous attacks on President Obama. We’re not going to miss her one bit,” the site read.

The House Majority PAC, a Democratic money group, put Bachmann squarely in its sights in 2012 and prepared to spend big a second time to defeat her next year. The PAC had already invested in the race and staff was in the midst of preparing their plan of attack against Bachmann when they heard the news she was bowing out. And there was some sadness as the group prepared to say goodbye to the Tea Party lightening rod.

Andy Stone, the PAC’s spokesperson, told BuzzFeed he was “a little” disappointed that his group won’t get a chance to take Bachmann on at the polls. “But it’s still a satisfying outcome.”

Stone said his group will still get to run against Bachmann next year even if she’s not a candidate for office.

“The ghost of Michele Bachmann will continue to haunt the GOP field,” he said. Stone said Bachmann helped drive her party “far to the right,” and the legacy she left as one of the tea party’s central figures will feature prominently in the Democrats 2014 plans. In its official statement on Bachmann’s decision, the PAC said it was still committed to Democratic candidate Jim Graves, who Democrats hoped would be their champion against one of the party’s favorite enemies.

Democratic strategist James Carville said on Morning Joe the retirement was “a sad day” for Democrats, who love to use Bachmann’s quotes.

At the White House, a visibly amused Press Secretary Jay Carney bid Bachmann — who had accused the administration of harboring Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators among many other things — farewell.

“I came to the briefing room from the Oval Office, from a meeting and I can tell you that that subject did not come up,” Carney said when asked about the president’s reaction to Bachmann’s retirement. “We all wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Bachmann’s retirement was surprising. Although she had been dogged by ethics investigations over her brief presidential campaign, and won her house seat by a razor thin margin in 2012, she was still aggressively fundraising. She had started to run ads in her district two weeks ago, a remarkably early start to the campaign cycle.

In a video announcing her retirement, Bachmann said that she did not make the decision because she was worried she would lose.

“I have every confidence that if I ran, I would again defeat the individual who I defeated last year, who recently announced he is once again running.”

The IRS admission that they had targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny had also invigorated Bachmann, who drew out dozens of activists and high profile congressman for a press conference on the scandal. The Republican leadership used Bachmann’s bill repeal Obamacare, giving her a symbolic legislative boost. Her Tea Party Caucus, long dormant in the House, was also showing signs of revival.

Bachmann maintained a large national following, but had trouble moving up in the House ranks. She had few real allies and was at times a headache to leadership. She was widely ostracized by Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, for pushing an letter with other Republicans suggesting that Huma Abedin, a top aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

But Republican leaders had begun to come back around to Bachmann. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell briefly appeared at her IRS press conference and Boehner tweeted farewell to Bachmann, calling her a “courageous voice for freedom.”

A Democratic aide, referencing to an incident where CNN’s Dana Bash chased Bachmann down a hallway, said they would miss her. Kind of.

“While we’ll miss watching reporters chase down Michele Bachmann to account for her lies, we’ll enjoy watching House Republicans compete for her donors, her audience and her outrageousness,” the aide said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: elections; michelebachmann

1 posted on 05/30/2013 2:07:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Why not still run against Bachmann? After all, they’re still running against Bush!


2 posted on 05/30/2013 2:09:06 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: SeekAndFind

Morons. They’ve got 18 months and don’t even know who will be the eventual GOP nominee for the district.

This just makes them look like the rabid fools they are.


3 posted on 05/30/2013 2:09:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Graves is getting advice from “MR INDEPENDENT”, Tom Horner.

I hope Emmer runs and Graves can blow a couple million more.

Wanna see tap dancing faster than Gregory Hines? watch Graves when asked if he’d support Obamacare.


4 posted on 05/30/2013 2:11:58 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: From The Deer Stand

You beat me to it!


5 posted on 05/30/2013 2:14:07 PM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Try it boys. That is a very conservative and religious district.


6 posted on 05/30/2013 2:18:02 PM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, why not? They’re still running against Bush.


7 posted on 05/30/2013 2:19:22 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: DManA

RE: Try it boys. That is a very conservative and religious district.

If this is so, how the hell did Michelle Bachmann barely squeak by in 2012? I expected a huge margin of victory...


8 posted on 05/30/2013 2:21:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Democrat Policy. When you have no principles, when you have no solutions, when you stand for nothing decent or moral you run campaigns by demonizing your opponents. Because you can not run as you........


9 posted on 05/30/2013 2:22:56 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: SeekAndFind

See my tagline.


10 posted on 05/30/2013 2:24:29 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: SeekAndFind

The constant trashing of Mrs. Bachman has been sucessful even (I’m sad to say) among conservatives.


11 posted on 05/30/2013 2:25:09 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Tax-chick

” Stone said Bachmann helped drive her party “far to the right,” “

Translation: A conservative.


12 posted on 05/30/2013 2:25:29 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Right. It’s funny how conservatives get elected and all that ...


13 posted on 05/30/2013 2:27:32 PM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Republican candidate needs to rune against Obama and Big Brother government.


14 posted on 05/30/2013 2:33:04 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: DManA

Then why is Bachmann so unwelcome there?


15 posted on 05/30/2013 2:45:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

Bachmann’s district is a ring of outer suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Lots of large corporation execs, what’s left of affluent blue collar union stooges, school teachers and other government employees. None of those groups are particularly conservative or religious, especially in Minnesota.


16 posted on 05/30/2013 2:52:13 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: nickcarraway

See #8. You can find people here who will trash her.


17 posted on 05/30/2013 2:55:51 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA; nickcarraway

RE: See #8. You can find people here who will trash her.

I happened to be the poster of #8. That post was not trashing Bachmann. That was ASKING WHY SHE DID NOT WIN HANDILY if as you say, her district is conservative.

If any, it should be taken as trashing the voters of her district, not her personally.


18 posted on 05/30/2013 3:00:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: jjotto

As a resident in Bachmann’s district, I must disagree with your portrayal. Most people I know work for private employers or are self-employed. A big chunk of the 6th CD is composed of the far ex-urbs, not inner ring suburbs. Carver County is the most conservative county in the state. There aren’t a lot lefties out this way and that’s why I moved here from Minneapolis. The difference is like night and day.


19 posted on 05/30/2013 3:10:05 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well - George Bush has been out of office for over 5 years and Obama is still running against him.


20 posted on 05/30/2013 3:11:35 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: mplsconservative

You’re definitely right about Carver County, but how much of it is in the 6th District? Maybe my memory is faulty.

Minnesotans who lean Republican don’t necessarily make for conservatives elsewhere.


21 posted on 05/30/2013 3:23:44 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SeekAndFind

I beg your pardon. I misstyped. I meant see MY #8.

I’m sorry.


22 posted on 05/30/2013 3:24:52 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Thanks for the clarification :)


23 posted on 05/30/2013 3:36:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: jjotto

Hah! You made me look it up. 40% of Carver’s population is in the 6th. We’re on the west side. The cities of Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria are not in the 6th.

I am a born and raised South Dakota conservative that spent the first half of my life there. I can certainly tell the difference between Minnesotan Republican leaners and true conservatives. Luckily, the majority of people I encounter in my daily life are the real deal. :)


24 posted on 05/30/2013 4:44:04 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jim Graves’s parents live in St Cloud and are pro-life, Republican Catholics. Jim was also a Republican until he decided he wanted to be a congressman. So, he changed his position on abortion and became “Pro-Choice”. He is a pretty good businessman, and has a smooth and pleasing style about him. However, anyone who will change his position on abortion for political reasons, is demonstrating that he can be bought, IMHO.

When I asked him last fall, “If you win the election will you support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House?” He dodged the question. I then told him that a vote for him was a proxy vote for Nancy Pelosi, he decided to go on to another subject.

MN CD6 is the most conservative of all the MN districts. Hopefuly we will get a very good candidate, and with all the scandals and Obamacare on the horizon, I think the GOP will retain the seat.

Yes! In Minnesota we do have conservative voters -lots of them in the rural areas.


25 posted on 05/30/2013 5:32:30 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Gumdrop

One more thing - after reading all the other postings. The 6th CD also reaches as far north as St. Cloud. HIstorically this is an area populated by the descendants of German Catholic farmers from Bavaria and the Rheinland plus some pockets of Polish, Slovenians, and Luxembourgers. Until the past 30 years or so, there were not so many Scandinavians in central Minnesota. But even they are more conservative than those in the Twin Cities and Duluth. However, St Cloud has three universities and one Technical college - which accounts for a strong liberal/socialist base to counter the influence of the local conservatives.


26 posted on 05/30/2013 5:42:25 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: SeekAndFind

Negative ads work and her opponent ran a campaign of lies by running to the middle. Typical ‘Rat M.O.

She doesn’t have the cash to counter the negative ads in ‘16. Plus the RNC memo went out that they will be running another RINO again.


27 posted on 05/30/2013 6:08:53 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: DManA

I just sent Boehner’s questionnaire back unanswered telling him now that he and McCain and the establishment succeeded in getting rid of Michelle Bachmann they can all go to HELL!


28 posted on 05/30/2013 8:23:29 PM PDT by lu shissler (an take his naiv)
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To: SeekAndFind

Michelle’s home is in Stillwater, the hone of the Minnesota State Prison. Her opponent probably got help from the felons just like Franken did!


29 posted on 05/30/2013 8:27:57 PM PDT by lu shissler (an take his naiv)
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To: mplsconservative

People who understand Minnesota know it is impossible to predict how Minnesotans will vote in any election. If you think you understand Minnesota politics don’t get it.


30 posted on 05/30/2013 8:37:40 PM PDT by DManA
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To: mplsconservative

I’m not saying you personally, I’m talking about the outsiders opining.


31 posted on 05/30/2013 8:40:59 PM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

They have no ideas at all, only emotions. So of course their appeals tend to be, essentially, two items: The Two Minutes Hate and Republicans Want To Bring Back Slavery. Hate and Fear.


32 posted on 05/30/2013 8:48:19 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: DManA

S’okay. I didn’t take it personally.

You are correct on outsider viewpoints.


33 posted on 05/31/2013 4:31:40 AM PDT by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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