Jim Graves will run again next year, setting up rematch with Bachmann [UPDATE]

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It's official: Graves is making another run for Michele Bachmann's job.
Jim Graves will be running for Congress in the Sixth District again next year, his campaign manager, Aaron Wells, announced this morning.

SEE ALSO: Jim Graves, Democratic challenger to Rep. Michele Bachmann: The City Pages interview

Graves, founder of AmericInn and of the luxury-focused Graves Hospitality company, lost to Bachmann by a mere 4,207 votes last November. She outspent him more than seven times over.

In comments made to the St. Cloud Times, Wells explained Graves's decision as follows: "Jim knows that everybody heard his message last time about his business experience and the need for serious change... He's feeling such an outpouring of support."

Adding to the appeal of running again is the fact that Bachmann has already generated a long political career's worth bad press during the first 100 days of 2013 alone.

:::: UPDATE ::::

Just moments after news of Graves's announcement circulated, Michele Bachmann added a section to her website attacking him. Here's a screengrab (click to enlarge):

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Further down the page, the unfactcheckable Bachmann ironically says Graves "rarely lets the facts get in the way of his blind support of radical left-wing priorities" and characterizes him as "a puppet for the Obama/Pelosi agenda." She then hits up supporters for cash.

You know what they say about there being no political offseason...



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CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Ahh, I see a trend here vote against Bachmann.. Fair enough, So what about Graves do you like?

Not really my fight, I'm stuck with Ellison.

Mark W Baumgartner
Mark W Baumgartner

partisan politics is the only reason that area keeps re-electing her, come on people wake out and throw that crap out the window along with MB

Kevin Hamilton
Kevin Hamilton

Don't fuck it up again graves. Maybe more than one debate this year? And hire a pro to run your campaign, not your son

Ed Burn
Ed Burn

She's a unique blend of dumb and sociopath. No qualms about telling lies or slandering people goes a long way with the small minded folks.

Michael J. Fischer
Michael J. Fischer

Well, I'm sure it wasn't me, pal. Cause I've ever said ANYBODY is dumber than M. Bachmann. And again, you're pretty bright, most of the time ;-).

Gene Berg
Gene Berg

I guess I just had to consider the source.

Michael J. Fischer
Michael J. Fischer

Ouch, for sure! Well that's not true, Geno. Also, not that big a compliment ;-)

Gene Berg
Gene Berg

Of course I was told last fall that I was dumber than she was---I take issue with that---It really hurt.

Michael J. Fischer
Michael J. Fischer

I really like Jim Graves and wish him the best in his quest. But, the fact is, Daffy Duck should be able to beat Michelle Bachmann. She's a complete embarrassment to Minnesota, and has what seems to a dubious grasp on reality.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Kevin Hamilton I'm sure Graves would've debated Bachmann as many times as she would allow - and that was the minimum, one.

webcelt
webcelt

@Michael J. Fischer The best candidate you can imagine might not beat her. That's the most conservative district in the state, and it should be a cakewalk for a Republican. Only Bachmann's nuttiness offers hope of winning, and if Graves wins somehow next year, he'll have to keep drawing crazy opponents to keep the seat. The best sane people can do is maximize our chances, and Graves is probably the best shot to win.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Michael J. Fischer All true, so the DFL puts up someone similar who just wants to tax you more.. Ya.. great idea.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@CinBlueland No, Graves doesn't want to tax you more, unless you're in a very high income bracket and have been getting away with paying less that your fair share for quite some time now. If you'd pull your head out of the Faux News hole, you'd see he's for the middle class.

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