Oct 15, 2012
DCCC Adds Tea Party Congresswoman Bachmann’s Challenger to Highly Competitive Red to Blue Program
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel announced today that businessman Jim Graves, congressional candidate in Minnesota’s 6th district, has earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) highly competitive Red-to-Blue program. Graves is challenging Tea Party Congresswoman, and failed Presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann. A poll from Jim Graves’ campaign shows he trails Congresswoman Bachmann by just 2 points (46-48%) and Bachmann’s favorability is underwater with 57% of voters viewing her unfavorably. Independent voters have swung against Bachmann by nearly 20 points from a 4-percent advantage to a 15-point disadvantage.
The DCCC also announced that Mike O’Brien (MI-06) has been added to the Emerging Races program because he is running an increasingly competitive race against Congressman Fred Upton.
“Jim has proven his commitment to standing up for the middle class and creating good-paying jobs for Minnesotans,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “Jim is a successful businessman, builder and problem-solver who will focus on creating jobs, growing the economy and protecting Medicare not on partisanship, political games or pandering to the Tea Party. During Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s career in Washington, she has been more focused on being a national right-wing celebrity than on delivering for the Minnesota families she represents. Voters are experiencing buyer’s remorse with Congresswoman Bachmann and her relentless desire to put ideology over solutions.”
Graves has surpassed demanding fundraising, organizing, and infrastructure goals and demonstrated to voters that he is a strong leader who will stand up for Minnesota seniors and hardworking middle class families. Congressman Jared Polis (CO) and Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD) co-chair the Red to Blue program, and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz serves as the National Chair for Recruitment and Candidate Services.