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. Get Over It

    Another Democrat leaving office, thats kind of shocking. Slowly, the Democratic empire that supposedly existed after the election of Obama is crumbling away, person by person. As a libertarian...this is great! PS, Hate republicans too.

    April 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. califoniadreamin'

    Best news I've heard all day! I hope he is replaced by someone with priciples that will not weaken under Pelosi's arm twisting.

    April 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Clint

    Perhaps Stupak's conscience couldnt deal with him selling his soul to the guy who voted to stop medical attention from being giving to babies who survive abortion. You all remember the guy who cant answer directly about his stance on abortion and when life begins because its above his pay grade.

    April 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Rich (Charleston, SC)

    Now, this is a big deal. As much as TEA and the Republican wanted him defeated, it would have been an up-hill battle. President Pelosi is looking more and more like her rule is in trouble. Thank goodnes!

    April 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Jack Peterson

    Dear Bart Stupak,

    You are a fraud and a coward.
    This is a glorious day for America.

    -Jack Peterson

    April 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. ab123

    mr spain

    this is the sickest and most contradictory thing ive ever heard you sir are a mad man

    April 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Dave

    I love what Ken Spain said. It basically shows exactly what the Republican Party thinks and how they think it: ie. the opposition is the devil and anyone who joins them sells their soul.

    Makes you glad to know that this is how America works isn't it?

    April 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. D

    Bart Simpson leaving Congress? DOH!

    April 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Rowny J Vidot

    Passing the health care bill was an idea whose time had come, one should never fight the winds of change otherwise you could risk being swept away. Whether congressman Stupak retires or not , as the latin saying goes "Alea Iacta Est " meaning the die is cast. it will in my opinion be extremely difficult if not impossible to reverse this health care bill. Let posterity be the judge as to whether this bill was the right thing to do or not.

    April 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Patrick

    If you're pissing off the right and the left you probably are doing something right. I wish he would have pushed for stronger anti-abortion language but I applaud him for the stand he made. He seems like a good guy.

    April 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. michael armstrong sr.

    This guy's smart enough to know that spending all that money to win his seat for another term would be a lost cause .

    April 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Chuck in Jasper Georgia

    As long as conservatives/republicans have people like Palin and Gingrich talking for them, Democrats will have no problem. Here we have Newt Gingrich making profound statements about what Obama knows and how he only uses certain words from documents he quotes but never uses the entire document. Gee I woner if that is why they are called "quotes" instead of reading sessions. Then he makes a really intelligent statement about wanting Obama to meet the same fate as Jimmy Carter, "a one party president".. Don't look now genius, but all presidents have been one party presidents. What he meant to say, obviously, was "one-term" president, but he could not even get his slamming act together to pull it off. Yes indeed. Nothing to worry about at all as long as numbskulls like Gingrich and Palin are the mouth pieces for the repulicans.

    April 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Doug Johnson

    This is great News. A sign that he and others in congress are feeling the growing anguish of the American people. Our repersentatives were put in office with the belief and hopes that they would protect the freedom that so many true Americans have fought and died for. Stupak, Pelosi and other liberals are pushing us in the direction of socialism and we have to vote them out of office.

    April 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Where is Coburn?

    I need some civility from the right and Senator Coburn was the last to voice it. Where are you Tom?

    April 9, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Thank you for your service to our Nation, Rep. Stupak! And THANK YOU for the courage to do the right thing by giving America healthcare!


    April 9, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. don

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Let the house cleaning begin.

    April 9, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Jason

    He's retiring because he knows he has zero support.
    He knows everyone knows he's a sellout.
    He knows he has zero chance for reelection.
    He knows his name now carries the weight of absolute corruption.

    April 9, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Neo

    What he does after 'retirement' may be very revealing. If he gets some lucrative job as a lobbyist, political consultant, Dem party post, ambassadorship, or the like, then it will confirm that there was more bribery and corruption in the congressional vote buying that occurred for ObamaCare.

    If not, it will then confirm that he was just a 'useful idiot' for Pelosi and henchman.

    April 9, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. proud conservative

    He made his pact with the devil so now he suffers. He will retire as a disgrace. Unfortunately, he sold the rest of us down the river before his departure. Good riddance.

    April 9, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Andrew

    Something tells me Bart Stupek will make even more money in Retirements.... I'm sure he sold his vote for something, and he needs to retire to collect.

    Who knows, he may be the next CEO of ACORN.

    April 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Larry Mac

    He got his payoff and is now going to enjoy it. What a sell out.

    April 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Lauren from Tallahassee, FL

    Mr. Stupak – I commend you for helping bring health care reform. Thank you for your service and the best of luck to you and yours.

    April 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. gary

    Are there going to be any dimocrat incumbents left to run for reelection? obozo has led them off the cliff. Notthing like having a leader like this clown who thinks we have a least 57 states. lol

    April 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. JC

    Should have done the whole country a favor and retired last year instead of leaving your name as the one who opposed give health care because of your ideaology.

    April 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Anne P. CA

    That's right Ken, spin it so the story feeds your delusional GOP needs. Though, as a nurse, I disagree w/Stupak on abortion and feel government has no right to me or any woman what to do with my body, I wish him well in retirement and thank him for his efforts on Health Care.

    April 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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