Graves: “I’ll always keep an open mind” on 2014 run

DFLer Jim Graves says supporters everywhere have urged him to make another go at knocking off Rep. Michele Bachmann in the weeks after his narrow election loss to her Nov. 6.

Graves says he’s gotten more than 1,000 calls or emails to that effect since Bachmann, R-Stillwater, won a fourth term in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District by about 4,300 votes out of more than 350,000 cast.

When asked where he stands on another run, Graves says he isn’t shutting the door on the possibility but hasn’t given serious thought to it either. He says his decision could be based in part on whether Bachmann changes course after her close call this year.

Graves says he hopes the election will cause Bachmann to focus more on her constituents and less on her national ambitions.

“I’ll always keep an open mind,” Graves said of another run. But he added: “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.”

Mark Sommerhauser

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