Jim Graves has ‘open mind’ about challenging Bachmann again in 2014

After losing the 6th District Congressional race to incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann by a smaller margin that most expected, hotel owner Jim Graves says he has an “open mind” about running again in two years.

Bachmann won by 51 to 49 percent — 180,131 votes to 157,923 — in the district which had been considered safely red.

Graves says many supporters are urging another run in 2014, according to the St. Cloud Times.

And his decision may be determined by Bachmann’s future actions in Congress.

“I’ll always keep an open mind,” Graves told the paper. “If she comes out and really changes her modus operandi and starts serving the people … I mean, I’m not looking for something to do.

“Maybe one of the byproducts is Michele will become a better congressperson and more responsive. And if so, I’d be happy.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 11/20/2012 - 04:14 pm.

    Of course Graves should run

    After two more years of Bachmann’s antics (which I don’t see as likely to change anytime soon), people will be even more ready for a change than they were this time. Her style of politics (i.e., Crazy and Mean) has suffered a recent precipitous drop in popularity.

  2. Submitted by Wesley Volkenant on 11/21/2012 - 12:28 am.

    2012 Election Results

    The article may have flipped two of Graves’ numbers. At the Secy of State Election Results site, they still show Bachmann with only a 50-49% lead, and numbers were @179,500-175,000. You may have more up-to-date figures, Joe, but I assume you meant 175,000, not 157,000 for Graves.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 11/21/2012 - 08:24 pm.

    Mr. Graves…

    Michelle Bachmann is not going to change. She is in it for the sensationalism and attention high she gets from being opposite. She has not produced anything constructive for which she will be remembered during her tenure as a minority representative from the State of Minnesota. The $174,000. ‘salary’ she takes from us taxpayers each year is nothing more than feed trough pork as she produces nothing of significance resembling representation. We taxpayers deserve better, and you are the person to be that representative which will give credence to that House position. Please run in the next election. Thank you. Dennis

  4. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 11/22/2012 - 08:20 pm.

    What about Taryl?

    I am assuming that she moved back with her family and would now be back in the 6th District. Her fundraising is unmatched by other DFLers and her name recognition has grown with each election that she participates in.

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