Graves says “Mission Accomplished”

Friends of Minnesota, as of today, Jim Graves is going to indefinitely suspend his campaign for Congress for the 6th District.  With Michele Bachmann stepping down he believes that since there is no one more radical than Michele Bachmann that would be voted in during an election, so he can step down knowing that anyone is better than her. 

“Basically, after all that’s gone on, and with Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I’ve been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, ‘Mission Accomplished.’ She wasn’t representing the people of the 6th District appropriately, and now she won’t be representing them. There’s no way anyone could run and win who would be worse than Michele Bachmann. So we accomplished that task.”

Graves said in a phone call with a MinnPost reporter that he entered his brief political fling with the hopes of  emphasizing three or four qualities and ideas that he felt were the opposite of Bachmann’s approach.

1.Bachmann demonizes those with whom she disagrees. He believes in civility.

2.Bachmann constantly misstates the facts. He believes in being careful and rigorous about the factual basis for the positions he advocates.

3.Bachmann thrives on gridlock, believing that preventing the Democrats from accomplishing anything is goal enough. He believes in trying to find solutions to problems, even if you have to compromise with those advocating different solutions in order to make progress.

Graves was asked whether his decision was shaped by the thoughts that, while he had a fair shot at defeating Bachmann, his chances against a less radical Republican were not very strong, because the 6th District has such a strong Republican lean. He did not say yes or no. He emphasized that Amy Klobuchar has done very well in the district in both of her Senate races. She is a Democrat, but uses a much more constructive approach in her political dealings. 

At the end of the day, Bachmann is leaving and the 6th District of Minnesota, along with the entire country, is going to be much better without her in office.


10 Of The Craziest Things Michele Bachmann Has Ever Said

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

In keeping with today’s general ‘Michele Bachmann is Bat Shit Crazy’ theme here at Fagan Around, I now share with you the 10 craziest things  she has ever said, as compiled by ThinkProgress:


1. BACHMANN WARNED ‘THE LION KING’ WAS GAY PROPAGANDA: At the November 2004 EdWatch National Education Conference, Bachmann said the “normalization” of homosexuality would lead to “desensitization”: “Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of ‘The Lion King’ for instance, and a teacher might say, ‘Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?’ The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.”

2. BACHMANN CLAIMED ABOLISHING THE MINIMUM WAGE WOULD CREATE JOBS: While testifying in front of the Minnesota Senate in 2005, Bachmann said, “Literally, if we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” This isn’t remotely true. Even simply reducing the minimum wage would, as Paul Krugman noted, “at best do nothing for employment; more likely it would actually be contractionary.”

3. BACHMANN CLAIMED THAT SCIENTISTS ARE SUPPORTERS OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN: During a 2006 debate, Bachmann said, “There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.” This was, and is, not true.

4. BACHMANN CLAIMED TERRI SCHIAVO WAS ‘HEALTHY’: Not long after Terri Schiavo died, Bachmann said she would have voted for thePalm Sunday Compromise because Schiavo “was healthy. She had brain damage — there was brain damage, there was no question. But from a health point of view, she was not terminally ill.” An autopsy found that Schiavo had suffered irreversible brain damage and her brain, said the medical examiner, was “profoundly atrophied.”

5. BACHMANN LIKENED VISITING IRAQ TO VISITING MALL OF AMERICA: In 2007, Bachmann returned from a junket to Iraq and told her colleagues, “[T]here’s a commonality with the Mall of America, in that it’s on that proportion. There’s marble everywhere. The other thing I remarked about was there is water everywhere.” As ThinkProgress documented at the time, the comparison was preposterous.

6. BACHMANN CLAIMED THAT CARBON DIOXIDE IS ‘HARMLESS’:In 2008, a Stanford scientist revealed “direct links” between increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and “increases in human mortality” — globally, he found that as many as “20,000 air-pollution-related deaths per year per degree Celsius may be due to this greenhouse gas.” The next year, Bachmann, who is not a scientist, said that “carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”

7. BACHMANN CALLED FOR A CONGRESSIONAL WITCH HUNT:Pivoting off the news of Barack Obama’s alleged relationship to former Weather Underground member William Ayers, and his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bachmann accused the candidate of having “anti-American views.” She then suggested that Congressional liberals — including Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid — ought to be subject to “an exposé” by the media because of their views. “I think people would love to see like that,” she told a stunned Chris Matthews.

8. BACHMANN SUGGESTED GAY SINGER SHOULD REPENT AFTER GETTING CANCER: Bachmann saw Melissa Etheridge’s cancer as a teachable moment: “Unfortunately she is now suffering from breast cancer, so keep her in your prayers,” she said in November 2004. “This may be an opportunity for her now to be open to some spiritual things, now that she is suffering with that physical disease. She is a lesbian.”

 9. BACHMANN BOASTED ABOUT BREAKING THE LAW: In advance of the 2010 national Census, Bachmann told The Washington Times that she would break the law by not completing the forms. “I know for my family, the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home,” she said. “We won’t be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that.”

10. BACHMANN CLAIMED THAT GLENN BECK COULD SOLVE THE DEBT CRISIS: During a February trip to South Carolina, Bachmann told a South Carolina audience, “I think if we give Glenn Beck the numbers, he can solve this [the national debt].”

List courtesy of ThinkProgress

St Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis vs Jim Graves?

St Cloud’s mayor against another St Cloud native, Jim Graves? It could happen.  One of the names now being tossed around as a potential Republican to run in Minnesota’s 6th District in 2014 is Dave Kleis, mayor of that slice of progressive paradise (not really… it is a crap hole) St Cloud, Minnesota.  In my view, it would be an easy win for Graves thank goodness.

Mayor Kleis isn’t used to running against opponents, he seems to run unopposed for reelection quite often, so he would be ill prepared to run against an actual opponent in a district-wide election for a national office. I ran against Kleis as a write-in candidate in the 2008 St Cloud Mayoral race before changing my mind and not actively campaigning…

Those backwards, right wing St Cloud townies sure made me feel welcome with their mud-slinging and name calling. I made it to the front page of the St Cloud Times. What started as me saying “I will run as a write-in candidate” in the comments section of an article turned into this big thing around town where I was interviewed by the paper and they ran multiple stories on me.

I hope Graves beats whomever he ends up running against. I am happy the Bachmann circus will be ending.