April 9th, 2010
08:26 AM ET
4 years ago

Stupak to announce retirement

Bart Stupak will announce his retirement Friday.
Bart Stupak will announce his retirement Friday.

Marquette, Michigan (CNN) – Nine-term Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, will reveal Friday he is retiring from Congress, several Democratic sources close to Stupak tell CNN.

The anti-abortion Democrat has been facing opposition from both the right and the left for his 11th hour deal with the White House that he says bans federal funding for abortion. The deal ultimately led to his decisive vote in favor of the health care bill.

Stupak first informed Democratic leaders last week that he was considering retiring. He has received calls from President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others urging him to run again.

Democratic sources in Washington and Michigan say they fear losing Stupak, a historically popular Democrat in a sprawling conservative district, will mean likely losing his seat to the Republicans.

According to one Democratic source familiar with his plans, Stupak is expected to make the case that he is leaving because he has accomplished what he went to Washington in 1992 to do - pass health care reform.

He will also say he considered retiring several times in the past.

Responding to news of the retirement, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain said: “After selling his soul to Nancy Pelosi, it appears that Bart Stupak finally found the courage to tell her no. The political fallout over the Democrats’ government takeover of healthcare has put the political careers of many Democrats in jeopardy thanks in-part to Stupak’s decision to abandon his alleged pro-life principles. Unfortunately for Pelosi, she was unable to strong-arm Stupak one last time as she becomes increasingly aware of the fact that her hold on the Speaker’s gavel is loosening by the day.”


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  1. Tardp

    The rats are jumping ship.

    April 9, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. kennywest

    To bad, Michigan's losing a good man.

    April 9, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Nathen

    "“After selling his soul to Nancy Pelosi, it appears that Bart Stupak finally found the courage to tell her no. The political fallout over the Democrats’ government takeover of healthcare has put the political careers of many Democrats in jeopardy thanks in-part to Stupak’s decision to abandon his alleged pro-life principles. Unfortunately for Pelosi, she was unable to strong-arm Stupak one last time as she becomes increasingly aware of the fact that her hold on the Speaker’s gavel is loosening by the day.” "

    You have to laugh any time a GOP member says that someone else has sold out. Give this guy twenty bucks toward his campaign and he will vote however you ask him to, but its the Dems that have sold out. Tell me Mr. GOP, how is the big busness thing going for you?

    April 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Paul Rankin

    What a horrific person. Here lies a man with no conscience. He is anti-abortion; gives away his vote for a song and dance, opening up the door to federal funding of abortions, and then quits.

    May he rest in peace.

    April 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Chuck in Jasper Georgia

    Why do people that are Anti-Abortion claim they are pro-life. If they were pro-life thay would not oppose legislation that is estimated to have the potential of saving up to 40,000 lives year. Just because the terminology sounds better "pro-life vs anti-abortion", does not make them pro-life or change what they really represent. It is a term coined by an anti-abortonist to soften the image of being opposed to something but they are anything but "pro-life". Some people like myself actually see them for what they are. They are hypocrits.

    April 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. ZotQuix

    Conservative district? I hope the Democrats have the courage to run someone to the far left. If you're losing this seat, lose it for being who you are, not for being being essentially a Republican 99% of the time.

    April 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. ccent

    Another unethical politician gone! gone! gone! It is good to see the CNN management report newsworthy stories. I still go to Fox News when I want "Fair and Balanced" reporting of news that affects me and all Americans.

    April 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. John Lasswell

    While I am in some respects underwhelmed by what it took to pass Health Care legislation, it was done and done according to the rules. I fail to understand why it is necessary for many Republicans to make undiplomatic, rude, and offensive comments about individuals in other parties or individuals in their own party who do not hold the extreme, reactionary positions that they do. They are driving moderates like me further and further away. Quite frankly, it has become clear that being a Republican has changed from moving slowly but in the public interest to just doing what personally makes more money, and otherwise obstructing reasoned debate and needed change.

    April 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. R. S.

    "According to one Democratic source familiar with his plans, Stupak is expected to make the case that he is leaving because he has accomplished what he went to Washington in 1992 to do – pass health care reform."

    No matter the cost to the people or the country.

    Stupak = Kaputs

    April 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Probably a good thing after he sold his sole to the devil! His state wouldn't vote him in and he knows it.

    April 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Guest

    Good riddance, you traitor. I'm just sad we won't be able to see you get trounced in November. Good luck in your next job lobbying for someone int the Obama, Reid, Pelosi triumvate. Now I think I know what the real bribe is. Time will tell.

    April 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Jennifer

    This is so unfortunate. He didn't sell his soul. I think what he did was brave and the right thing. I wish him the best, but I hope also that the Dems hold on and fight the good fight...peacefully that is.

    April 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. lei

    I wish they'd ALL retire!

    April 9, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Dub1045

    I can only hope that the Republicans in his district do not blow it and put some RINO up as a candidate.

    April 9, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. xxyyz

    "Stupak is expected to make the case that he is leaving because he has accomplished what he went to Washington in 1992 to do – pass health care reform. " – BALONEY!

    He is retiring because he knows we are screwed with this healthcare "reform" bill and he is outthere lavishing on his lifetime healthcare benefit and retirement pay.

    April 9, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Joe Helfrich

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Even if we lose the seat to the Republicans, at least we'll have one less backstabber in the caucus.

    April 9, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. barbara

    I can only say one thing...."Thank you Lord Jesus"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    NOW he listen to his constituents!!!

    April 9, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. Nate from Atlanta

    That kinda sucks.

    April 9, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Ben Dover

    Not much of a surprise. All the best to Stupak and his family but it was time for him to leave. He betrayed his convictions to get Obama's healthcare passed and his base was forever fractured. He would have never been re-elected and he knew it.

    April 9, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Cindy

    Democrats are retiring because they know they won't get re-elected.

    April 9, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. jules sand-perkins

    Good.
    I support a woman's right to her own body.

    April 9, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    He blew his credibility with the voters, and now his choice is to retire, or be defeated in November.

    He is taking the graceful way out.

    April 9, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Obama Victim

    sounds like a quitter...ya know, just like Palin......so how is that hope and change workin' out for ya??

    April 9, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. John Manuel

    The Republicans in this country represent pure white collar theft. They are committed to ignorance of the past which has done nothing but harm to the American people. Since Reganomics began the Republican's have systematically sold and dismantled our union. Thank god for the Senators who stuck their necks out for the American people. God forbid a gov. that actually was concerned with the welfare of the people. As other countries go forward we struggle to get Republicans off of our backs. Free education for all, free health care and for god sakes tax the rich. Regulate corporations and make them responsible, lift the law that corporations are recognized as a person with no one accountable. Freedom, real freedom from this modern day slavery.

    April 9, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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