Graves on Bachmann: Fear-Mongering Doesn't Create Jobs

ABC News interviewed Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Jim Graves for their article entitled Michele Bachmann's Seat in Peril As House Race Tightens. ABC notes how Bachmann's star has fallen since the heady days of the Iowa Straw Poll win to her current situation in a tight race to retain her seat.


Bachmann's challenger, Minnesota hotel magnate Jim Graves, 58, entered the fray in early April, quickly rallying state Democrats to his side and, perhaps more importantly, convincing Independence Party leaders and candidates to stay out of the mix, putting as much as 10 percent of the electorate up for grabs.

In two of Bachmann's three races, the vote tally for the Independence candidate has exceeded her margin of victory.

"This district has the most independents in the state," Graves told ABC News. "So we went to the Independence Party and asked, 'Can you guys help us out a little bit?' Well they said, 'We like you, Graves, we'll support you.'"

The IP tried to back El Tinklenberg back in '08, but some guy named Bob Anderson ran in the IP primary (El Tink couldn't be in both the DFL and the IP primaries), wonit and got his name on the ballot. Anderson siphoned off 10 percent of the anti-Bachmann vote. Whatever is different this year, it seems to be working -- no Bob Andersons on the ballot.

Here's Graves summation of all that's wrong with Bachmann:


Graves cites a "downdraft" created by Bachmann's controversial letter-writing mission to remove alleged "Islamist" infiltrators from U.S. government positions as another development breaking in his favor.

"I think it was a ploy to raise money and bring out the base," he said. "Even her own party came out against her. Senator McCain, Speaker Boehner... fearmongering is not going to bring jobs to this economy."
[my emphasis]

Perfectly said. Less crazy, more jobs. Less dishonesty, more jobs. Less bigotry, more jobs.  
The other thing Graves is doing well is linking Bachmann to Paul Ryan's austerity measures.


The self-described fiscal moderate and social libertarian repeatedly linked Bachmann to Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the Republican vice presidential nominee.

"You can't play games or shadow dance like the Ryan budget does," Graves said. "You are not going to get a budget done on one side of the aisle."

ABC raises one other important question: how much will Graves self-finance in order to win this election.


The question now for Graves, as the vote nears, is how much of his significant personal wealth he'll pour into the campaign. That figure ranged between $22 and $111 million according to House financial disclosure documents.

Graves wouldn't reveal a specific outlay, but did say he expected that 25-30 percent of his campaign expenses would come from his own pocket. If the race stays as close as his internal pollsters indicate, don't be surprised to see the candidate dig even deeper.

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