Congressional candidate Jim Graves
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Technically, hotelier Jim Graves simply took a break. Five months after the 2012 election, he announced he'll run again for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District in 2014.
"If anything, we learned from the last campaign [that] we didn't quite have enough time, we got into it late and we didn't get a chance to really reach out to all the people in the district," Graves told KARE 11 in a sit down interview on the campus of Saint Cloud State.
The Bachmann for Congress Campaign quickly responded with a statement, which read, in part: "Minnesotans want jobs and a growing economy, which is why Minnesotans chose Rep. Bachmann to create jobs, lower taxes, limit government and protect their personal liberties."
Bachmann has not officially announced she is seeking reelection, but she is expected to do so.
Hamline University Political Science Professor David Schultz says an ethics probe looking into Bachmann's presidential campaign, and some momentum from last fall will help Graves. Schultz also notes Bachmann is a big name and a very powerful fundraiser who has had strong success in a reliably conservative district.
Bachmann campaign spokesman Dan Kotman, in his statement, also wrote: "The last thing Minnesota families need in Congress is another liberal politician rubber-stamping the Obama-Pelosi agenda of higher taxes and runaway government spending."
Graves says he's not running against anyone. "In this country we can do better, we need people that are willing to step up to the plate and say, 'Hey, all the decisions and all the answers aren't on one side of the aisle or the other, they're between,' and that's what I've done my whole life in business," Graves concluded.
Graves will have 20 months to connect with voters while Schultz expects Bachmann will enter the race this summer or fall. Millions in outside spending is expected as this will likely be another nationally watched race.
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