Graves acknowledges he served on United Way committee, not board

The Republican Party fired several shots at congressional candidate Jim Graves on Friday, challenging several points on his resume. Now Graves says that, as charged by the GOP, he did not serve on the board of United Way of Central Minnesota, as he has claimed in his online biography, the Star Tribune reports. The agency says it was a "board-level committee."
Author:
Updated:
Original:

The Republican Party fired several shots at congressional candidate Jim Graves on Friday, challenging several points on his resume. Now Graves says that, as charged by the GOP, he did not serve on the board of United Way of Central Minnesota, as he has claimed in his online biography, the Star Tribune reports. The agency says it was a "board-level committee." The Graves campaign says it was an honest mistake.

The party and the campaign of opponent Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., didn't buy that. “Jim Graves got caught red-handed," her campaign manager Chase Kroll said.

The incumbent Bachmann has always been the front-runner in the race, but several national congressional campaign watchers have suggested the race is tightening a bit.

Bachmann was in the news on Monday charging President Barack Obama’s administration with covering up the cause of a recent attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya, the St. Cloud Times reports. “The administration is having to backtrack, and it appears like it’s a cover-up, what has been going on in Libya and in Cairo and across the world,” Bachmann said, at an event to open a campaign office in east St. Cloud.

Next Up

Related

Bachmann, Graves to hold three debates

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has agreed to three debates with her DFL opponent Jim Graves on the week before the Nov. 6 election, the St. Cloud Times reports. However, the Graves campaign is pushing the three-term Congresswoman to have more than just three debates. “It frustrates me that Bachmann was willing to give 15 debates during her presidential campaign," Jim Graves said. The first public debate is set for Oct. 30 in St. Cloud.

In bid to unseat Bachmann, Graves goes where others failed

Hotelier Jim Graves is appealing to moderate voters and selling himself as a skilled businessman in his effort to win the 6th District seat of Tea Party-backed GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. It's an uphill battle. She's raised more money and holds a lead in polls – although DFLers say Graves has begun to narrow the gap.

Poll shows Bachmann leading Graves; Dems consider race winnable

A new poll finds Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann with a lead of nine percentage points over her Democratic challenger, Jim Graves. It was released just after a national Democratic committee listed the contest as one of the party's best chances to capture a House seat now held by the GOP. Meanwhile, Bachmann maintains a big fund-raising advantage over her rival.

Bachmann-Graves race draws national attention

Rep. Michele Bachmann, the polarizing Minnesota Republican and Tea Party favorite, is often in more than her share of headlines. She is generating even more attention in the final sprint to Election Day – and so is her opponent, DFL businessman Jim Graves – as the national media shine a spotlight on Bachmann's tightest race yet.

Bachmann, Graves clash in first debate

The first debate between Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and DFL challenger Jim Graves featured sharp exchanges on a variety of topics: the St. Croix Crossing bridge project near Stillwater, Obamacare, and Bachmann's celebrity.

Graves raises fraction of Bachmann's 3Q haul

Wealthy hotelier Jim Graves raised about $669,000 from donors in the all-important third quarter between late July and Sept. 30, MPR reports. Even with the $270,000 in additional cash of his own that he donated to the effort, his total paled in comparison to $4.5 million raised by his opponent Rep. Michele Bachmann. She is consistently among the most prolific fundraisers in the U.S. House.