Skip to comments.Democrats Plan To Run Against Michele Bachmann Anyway
Posted on 05/30/2013 2:07:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Michele Bachmann isnt running for re-election but that doesnt mean Democrats wont run against her.
Her announcement was a little bittersweet for Democratic groups who have long used Bachmanns 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 Bachmanns YouTube video appeared. Adam got his first taste of electoral politics when he served as his dads 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 dads second run for Congress. Now he wont get the chance.
Part of me certainly was [hoping for a rematch], Adam told BuzzFeed from his new home in Denver. Im not the candidate, Im the candidates son and theres 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 Bachmanns video dropped and said Jim Graves was a bit relieved Bachmann left the race, but added that Jim wasnt running to defeat Bachmann. Like other Democrats, Adam said that Bachmanns 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 Bachmanns 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 theyre 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 Bachmanns 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 shes quitting Congress. Good riddance! Tea Party conspiracy theories, shady ethics and ridiculous attacks on President Obama. Were 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 PACs spokesperson, told BuzzFeed he was a little disappointed that his group wont get a chance to take Bachmann on at the polls. But its still a satisfying outcome.
Stone said his group will still get to run against Bachmann next year even if shes 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 partys central figures will feature prominently in the Democrats 2014 plans. In its official statement on Bachmanns decision, the PAC said it was still committed to Democratic candidate Jim Graves, who Democrats hoped would be their champion against one of the partys favorite enemies.
Democratic strategist James Carville said on Morning Joe the retirement was a sad day for Democrats, who love to use Bachmanns 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 presidents reaction to Bachmanns retirement. We all wish her well in her future endeavors.
Bachmanns 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 Bachmanns 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 CNNs Dana Bash chased Bachmann down a hallway, said they would miss her. Kind of.
While well miss watching reporters chase down Michele Bachmann to account for her lies, well enjoy watching House Republicans compete for her donors, her audience and her outrageousness, the aide said.
Why not still run against Bachmann? After all, they’re still running against Bush!
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.
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.
You beat me to it!
Try it boys. That is a very conservative and religious district.
Hey, why not? They’re still running against Bush.
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...
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........
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The constant trashing of Mrs. Bachman has been sucessful even (I’m sad to say) among conservatives.
” Stone said Bachmann helped drive her party far to the right, “
Translation: A conservative.
Right. It’s funny how conservatives get elected and all that ...
The Republican candidate needs to rune against Obama and Big Brother government.
Then why is Bachmann so unwelcome there?
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.
See #8. You can find people here who will trash her.
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.
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.
Well - George Bush has been out of office for over 5 years and Obama is still running against him.