Jim Graves reportedly pulls out of politics, says "mission accomplished" with Bachmann leaving

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Less than two months after saying he was in for another congressional run, Graves reconsidered.


:::: UPDATE :::: Jim Graves pulls out: Top 10 tweets

In the wake of Michele Bachmann announcing that she won't run for a fifth term representing Minnesota's Sixth District, her expected 2014 challenger, Jim Graves, has also reportedly pulled out of the race.

SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann announces she will not seek reelection next year [VIDEO]

The story was broken by MinnPost's Eric Black, who reports that Graves "is dropping out of politics to concentrate on his family and his business."

Graves told MinnPost that "with Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I've been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, 'Mission Accomplished.'"

He said that all along, he was motivated by a desire to oust Bachmann, not for the sake of holding office in its own right. Graves, of course, was narrowly defeated by Bachmann during their matchup last November.

"We're very happy she dropped out. The country can do better," Graves said, adding that he's "not a politician; I'm a business guy."

"Now there are zero things on my agenda that I feel a need to do in public life," he said.

Well, expectations for next year's Sixth District contest were sure smashed to smithereens this week, weren't they?

:::: UPDATE ::::

Graves published a memo shedding more light on his decision to pull out of politics. Here it is:



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TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Ha, the DNC pulled all the national money from his race.  

He had a single purpose, defeat Bachamnn.  He wasn't going to represent you with any valuable issues and this proves it.  His best interest wasn't you, and this proves it.

Wow, you democrats stand behind what, the hate and spite for people unlike you that you harbor within your hearts?  Is that all that matters?  Well, that and wedge issues which involve personal desires and individual greed.

Yep, the party that represents tools and fools.   I LOVE IT when stuff like this happens, as it is the light that exposes all the dirt the democrats lie in...

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

I think it was because of money and the fiasco of the last election.

With Bachmann out, He is going to have a very tough time fundraising.  Most of the money last time was just to beat bachmann.  But what do I know.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Wow.. so the reason for running wasn't to make things better, help the residents of the 6th, just stop Bachmann.. Sounds like he would have been a real winner.. Well at least we found out before the next election what kind of person he really is.

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

He wouldn't have won anyway. He's a pimple on MB's Ass .

blacksheep
blacksheep

What a coward! Good riddance to a Johnny-Come-Lately who's afraid of who he might have to challenge without all the anti-Bachmann money pouring in from out of state.

Nathan Mordal
Nathan Mordal

Waiting for the 6th to secede from The Union.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

This really tells you how awful a politician is, when you have people who are not interested in politics running for office to keep the ignorant people from making policy decisions...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TheConservativeJerk  Hey troll.  No one gives a shit what an evil stupid liar like you thinks about anything.   You were mocking dead children on another story this morning so you don't get  to talk about the hate and spite of other people.  You are an evil stupid phony and the things you say are why Republicans are a laughingstock nationwide.  Stupid evil bigots like you have lost  and you know it.  Keep your evil shit talking up, no one cares what you think loser.  

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@TheConservativeJerk Stopping the worst/most hateful politician is what matters.  She is a stain on the flag.  You should take a look at reality once in a while, you might like it.

Onan
Onan

@CinBlueland Getting rid of Bachmann DOES make that district better.

Onan
Onan

@blacksheep You are aware that anyone with an "R" after their name pretty much automatically gets elected in the 6th District, right? They elected Ol' Crazy Eyes quite a few times and she's just plain nuts and one of the few Republicans who can LOSE that district for the GOP. With Bachmann gone, it's near impossible for a Dem to win. Why should he put himself through all the pain of another campaign rather than do what he does best - make money?

Onan
Onan

@Daniel Wolter Whatever helps you sleep at night.

GeekAaron
GeekAaron

I wouldn't say that as he did outlast her in the race.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @TheConservativeJerk MB He had his funding pulled.. So where was/is his desire to serve the 6th dist? If his only goal was liberal hate of MB, how was that going to serve, the 6th, MN, much less the US? This is a national office.  (I"m not defending MB.. Think she's a bit of a tool).. But Graves running/pulling out.. He had zero agenda other than getting her out.. Zip/Zero/Nada.. Nothing on energy, nothing on Ed, nothing on taxes.. Nope.. just "I'm not Bachmann".. No Bachmann, no campaign.. Thank you for showing your true colors Graves..

blacksheep
blacksheep

@Onan @blacksheep  

'Ol' Crazy Eyes' That's so funny, you liberals are so intelligent, always with the thoughtful comments.

You do know that you elected a coward called Gov. Google Eyes, who hides under his desk and pops pills when the going gets tough,  don't you? LOL

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Onan lol its so pathetic what Republicans take as victories these days.  President Hillary Clinton will drive most of these insane stupid bigots to suicide hopefully.  

Onan
Onan

@blacksheep @Onan You're calling me a "liberal." Yeah, OK. Whatever helps you sleep at night.

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