Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is touting her $1 million fundraising haul last month, which came as she faced criticism from both sides of the aisle over her comments about Muslims in the US government. In response, her Democratic opponent -- hotel executive Jim Graves -- launched a web video directly comparing her to former Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI):
"I have a message for Rep. Bachmann: it’s nothing to be proud of," Graves said of his opponents fundaising in an email to supporters Thursday. "That money was the direct result of a hateful and dangerous witch-hunt that viciously smeared a dedicated public servant. It echoed of a dark time in our nation’s history that we thought was behind us."
"McCarthyism was dangerous then," Graves' video reads. "It's dangerous now."