April 9th, 2010
08:26 AM ET
11 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. Tom

    Good riddance. Now, just a few hundred more to go.

    April 9, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. SirBroiler

    I'm disappointed that Mr. Stupak has decided to throw in the towel – as passing this version of health care reform is only the first step towards the universal healthcare that every American deserves, but still does not have access.

    I had opportunity to interview Mr. Stupak several times as a young reporter in Northern Michigan, and it was clear each time that he was committed to serving the people first and always. That's rare in Washington these days.

    Good luck, Mr. Stupak And, thank you.

    April 9, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Brian

    So he goes out and destroys the healthcare system and then retires. Sounds to me like the Dems see the writing on the wall and are attempting to save the seat.

    April 9, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. das0522

    another one's jumping ship

    April 9, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. ronalde

    bart stupak is a coward he did what he thought was right for the country now because of some right winged nuts he is quitting,he is lettting a few people speak for a lot,i didn't agree with his stand on abortion,but he had a right to make it.If he thinke that dropping out will stop these nuts he is wrong they will still come after him long after he is out of the public eye,so don't run stay and have your voice heard.

    April 9, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. bsd

    You are a sham and you sold your country out. I have a feeling you know that in the future many will look back upon your betrayal of the republic as a turning point in our history.

    April 9, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. Luis Vazquez

    What a coward, he should stay and face the music! He knows that he will be defeated for being a Benedict Arnold and lying to his constituents. Come November a lot of Democrats will be retired because they will LOSE the hose.

    April 9, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Catherine

    Scumbag – good riddance!

    April 9, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Harold Trainer, USAF RET

    He should retire. He did not work for the principle or against the principle of health care reform. He worked for deals.

    April 9, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. Paul from Liberal MN

    Stupak did a great thing for the pro-abortion & euthanasia movement by supporting Obamacare. What better way to control healthcare cost than by controlling someone's life? Aldous Huxley would be proud of Mr. Stupak.

    April 9, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  11. Stacie

    The folks in upper Michigan will miss his leadership. I appreciate his willingness to stand firm in his beliefs under extreme pressure. Now, people who are threatening him and his family, LEAVE HIM ALONE!

    April 9, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Kelly

    Good but a little too late since he caved in to the healthcare plan.

    April 9, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  13. Scott

    Bart – You had the chance to be a hero to 65% of the american people. Instead, you sold us out to Obama, Pelosi and Reid. Good riddance. Time to vote in another Republican to fix the God awful mess you will leave behind.

    Thanks for nothing.

    April 9, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Kate Boyd

    I can't say I'm sorry to see his anti-abortion grand-standing completely backfire. He gambled with trying to misinform the public about healthcare - even though the healthcare bill restricts womens' right to choose even MORE than before it's passage - and he lost.

    Good riddance. I can only hope a REAL Democrat replaces ol' Bartelby.

    However, I think the crazies treatment of Mr. Stupak (calling his home, threatening him and his family, calling his pro-life cred into question) are completely vile and abhorrent.

    April 9, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. Liberal4Obama

    Cant blame him, when your wife and children are receiving death threats from Palin and Becks Tea Party nut jobs it's hard not to fear even for your own life, this people are crazy and they know no boundaries of decency and respect for others.

    April 9, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. danno

    9 terms is way too long. No more career politicians.Good riddance

    April 9, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. Anthony DiMeco

    Congressman, just admit you made the biggest mistake of your life, being pressured by the Socialist into something you knew in your heart was not quite right.

    April 9, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. dale

    He was a toy for obama and folded under pressue. I wish he had run agin so we could have voted him out.
    He truely let the majority of people down.he should serve prison time along with the rest for stepping on the peoples will. Pos

    April 9, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. Jonathan

    One down.... 218 to go....
    November 2nd... less than 7 months to payback.

    April 9, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Robert

    Of course he is retiring. Obama made him a very rich man so now he need not work any longer.

    April 9, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  21. Reality

    Then I guess those of us that live here in Michiagan will seek out wherever his next place of employment is, to set up our protests against him there. We are not going to let him slip out of his soiled linen that easily

    April 9, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  22. Stayfrosty

    Good riddance coward.

    April 9, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  23. Jim

    Up until his healthcare vote, Stupak had my vote. I typically do not vote in the midterms, but this time around I will be there voting against anybody who voted for healthcare.

    April 9, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  24. BF

    Good! Another sellout is leaving Congress. This is just a start.

    April 9, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  25. Quality American

    well, Palin quit too. i guess the Dems are just like the Repubs. Not a dime's difference between the two

    April 9, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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