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

Stupak to announce retirement

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/21/art.stupakord0321.gi.jpg caption ="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. Kay

    Wow...I thought Bart was better than leaving when things get tough. It's sad that politicians only have enough fight in them for fight for themselves. I thought Bart did the right thing when he voted for Health Care...too bad he's running from that vote now.

    But, if he's really just "done everything he wanted to do," then...wish him the best and move forward. Get somebody in there (Rep or Dem) who sees all the work there is still to be done, and who'll roll up his/her sleeves and g'ter done!

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. obama akbar

    This goes for all those that doubted health care would cost dems seats in the midterms.

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. e lowe

    The Republican National Committe released that press statement from their favorite strip club.

    April 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. RedState Guy

    He's a gutsy guy that accomplished a lot during his tenure. He will be missed...

    April 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    Choices – retire now, or lose in November. Many more to come.

    April 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Chris - Denver

    Stupid Tea Party.

    April 9, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. D.B Phelps

    Republicans are JERKS! Fat, White, cold hearted, selfish, arrogant, anti-intellectual, jerks. The party of "NO". Why won't FOX NEWS report the Strip Club scandal? Because FOX NEWS is BIASED.... not fair and balanced in any way, shape or form. Oh... am I venting?

    April 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Jackalope

    I wonder what will happen to all the campaign money he's collected from donors. Will he give it to "C Street"?

    April 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Mark-Republican in PA

    Ken Spain and The National Republican Committee has lost all my respect as a fellow republican. Bart Stupak took a stance on publically funded abortion and held to it. If we want to stop all abortions then we need to step up and put forward n ammendment to our constitution, but we all know that the majority of Americans don't agree, so we end up roasting our own anti abortion defenders like Supak. I will be sending money to whomever runs in Stupaks place on the Democrat ticket as we all can see what the National committee does wasting our money.

    April 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Tim

    Used to think Stupak was kind of a nimrod for not supporting the bill initially. I've come to recognize that he is one of the precious senators, though, a moderate who sticks to his principles. He will be missed, and was an asset to the house.

    April 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. IndyVoter

    Dear Mr. Stupak, as a pro-life Democrat, I repsect you...I don't think it was necessary to have an executive order to say the same thing that the bill already said, I have respect the fact that you stood up for your beliefs...Long after the hysterical masses are gone history will venerate you and show that you were on the right side of this important issue by voting in favor of health care reform. We hate to lose you, but know that there are some rational, reasonable, individuals who support you and who thank you for your service. Godspeed.

    April 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Nelson

    Better to leave on your own terms than be thrown out. Lucky for him he'll get a fat federal pension and medial benefits for the rest of his life thanks to the US taxpayer.

    April 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. obamarroids

    He has stupaked the American people for the last time. May Allah have mercy on his wretched soul.

    April 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. DGeorge

    You will be missed, if you go ,but please do not allow Palin and her Tea Party criminals threaten you

    April 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. MLH

    This is what I don't get. Instead of a snotty 'so there' comment by Ken Spain, he could have instead talked about how his party hoped to take that seat back in the next election. Another example of choosing negative when they could have gone positive.

    April 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Eddie

    So Stupak is "Pro-Life" ummmmm The Democrat party is absolutely "Pro-Choice" and "Anti Life" ........ to say one is Pro-LIfe and a Democrat at the same time is nothing short of a lie! One cannot align one self to a group or a party that is staunchly pro-choice and then deny what that group or party aligns itself with as a whole! It would be like joining the Army and then refusing to wear the uniform.....they will "boot you out"!
    No......Stupak is a fraud, a puppet of Obama and Polosi but the truth will always comes out in the end!
    Matter-of-fact......I contend that within the next 2 years Stupak will serendiptously find himself appointed to some Federal position by the Obama Regime.......it 's called "Payback"!

    April 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. lila

    This is kind of sad. Although i don't agree with all of Stupak positions I have always found him a man of the highest integrity and his willingness to listen to others and work with them for the purpose of the larger good was a rare treasure in Washington. God Bless him and I hope he finds that which he is seeking.

    April 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Stocker Brown

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Time to get a real Democrat into that seat.

    April 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Virginia

    I wish he wouldn't quit. His is one of the lone voices of reason. We can't afford to lose him.

    April 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Happy

    That is lame. Dems give up too easy. The RepubliSCAMS love to intimidate and bully.

    And by the way. Why are pro lifers so against health care for all? Including sick children.

    April 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Ih8Tbaggers

    "Sold his soul" "governament takeover of healthcare" more riduculous garbage spewed by the right. Mr. Stupak was an honorable man who did what he thought was right for his country. Ken Span sounds like the typical sore loser from the party of "NO".

    April 9, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Sally

    That is wonderful news to hear Stupak will retire. Too many Democrats were bought out to vote yest on the Healthcare Reform Bill. I am a registered Democrat and have been my entire life but am no siding with the Republicans. I will also be a part of the Tea Party because they are backing what we as American citizens want for our country. It's time to take our the United States back.

    April 9, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Richie in Mass

    Another victim of the Health Care bill. More will follow in November.

    April 9, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. QLee

    From everything I've read, Stupak appears to be the kind of guy we should want in Congress. I am pro-life, but he seems like a fair-minded fellow who bases his actions on what will help the American people vs. his own gain. I truly wish he would stay in.

    April 9, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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