The Democratic Party on Thursday slapped retiring Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann -- barking in a memo "don't let the door hit you on the way out" -- and then used her decision not to seek re-election to raise money.

Communications Director Brad Woodhouse's fundraising letter suggested that the Democrats have a real chance to pick up Bachmann's seat, though others believe that the GOP has a better chance to keep the seat without her.

Friend --

Some pretty great news broke yesterday morning -- Tea Party caucus co-founder Michele Bachmann announced that after this term she is retiring from Congress.

If you're like me, you're probably thinking, "don't let the door hit you on the way out."

But here's even better news -- Democrats have a very real chance to take back the House seat that Bachmann is leaving.

Last year, upstart candidate Jim Graves nearly beat Bachmann -- going against a three-term incumbent, he came within a few thousand votes.

Graves is a strong Democrat who will work to support President Obama's agenda, and he's running again in 2014. We are facing an important fundraising deadline at midnight tomorrow that will determine how much we can do for our great candidates -- let's help them win, and flip seats like Michele Bachmann's from extreme red to blue.

Chip in $5 or more before tomorrow's deadline to help elect candidates like Jim Graves and other Democrats.

I'll admit, part of me is going to miss Michele Bachmann's particular brand of ... well, you know.

But she blazed a trail so extreme that the Republican Party is now filled with people just like her -- Tea Party Republicans who will do anything to stand in the way of President Obama and his agenda.

And that's why it's crucial that we work hard now to take back as many House seats as we can from Bachmann and her cronies.

Wish Michele Bachmann farewell in the best possible way -- chip in $5 or more before tomorrow's fundraising deadline to help elect a strong Democrat in her place and to take back the House:



Brad Woodhouse

Communications Director

Democratic National Committee