Seemingly every cycle, a new Democratic challenger to Rep. Michele Bachmann gains just enough traction to prompt stories about whether the congresswoman will finally face a significant re-election threat. He or she inevitably falls short. But now that even Republicans are backing away from the firebrand tea party favorite in light of her recent crusade against a popular aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bachmann’s Democratic challenger says his campaign has gotten a huge surge of momentum.
Bachmann’s baffling quest to root out Muslim infiltrators in the federal government could be the final piece in a puzzle Democrats have been trying to solve for years. This time, says hotel executive Jim Graves — the Democratic Party choice to take on Bachmann — momentum is on his side.
“It definitely has, I think, cemented people that may be in the middle that say, ‘Well you know, she’s really out there, but we need somebody to keep Congress in line,’” Graves told TPM Friday. “I think this has gone well over the edge for people.”