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Jim Graves Drops Out of MN-06 Race

Just think, a week ago, this guy and the DCCC thought he had a shot at being a Congressman.

Welcome to the post-Bachman reality of politics, both in neighboring Minnesota and in Democratic hopes of taking back the House of Representatives in 2014.

Minnesota businessman Jim Graves, a top Democratic recruit who had been planning a rematch against Rep. Michele Bachmann next year, abruptly suspended his campaign Friday morning — two days after Bachmann announced she wouldn’t be seeking reelection.

Graves, who nearly knocked off Bachmann in November, launched his campaign last month and was in Washington last week to meet with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He released a poll showing him with a slight lead over Bachmann in a 2014 rematch.

But with the controversial Bachmann out of the race, Graves faced an even tougher path in a conservative suburban Twin Cities district broke for Mitt Romney by nearly 15 percent.

Graves broke the news in an interview with MinnPost Friday, saying Bachmann’s exit clinched his decision to forgo another run to focus on his business and family.

If you believe that last paragraph, I have bridge in Brooklyn I’d love to sell you.   To be completely frank here, the DCCC clearly had contacts with Graves campaign and told them that without Bachman’s presence in the race, they were pulling out their support faster than a teenager on prom night.

As cheesy as it sounds, public service is a calling and most seek it no matter who they are up against…if they have a chance to win.  Graves clearly cared more about winning than public service; if he felt the other way, he’d still be in the race and offering himself up as a choice no matter who was his opponent.

Now, he’s just being a wimp.

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