April 9th, 2010
08:26 AM ET
12 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. New Age Independant

    Something tells me that he's ready to receive his pay off for his role in Obamacare. Any bets he is well care for? And I don't mean healthcare.

    April 9, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. JAMES

    seeing Mr. Stupak leave won't make me upset in the least. The man
    is a liar with no scruples.

    April 9, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Dan Holiday

    Another one bites the dust. This is great news for the true Americans of this country...you know, the Republicans. It just puts another seat in play for us to win. Can you believe it? We may get control of the House and the Senate. It will be like CHRISTmas in November...lol. I cannot wait. Then maybe we can start the impeachment proceedings and take back this country for "We the People". How nice would it be to get rid of that Racist, Socialist, Community Leader Obama? That would be wonderful. GOP in 2010, 2012, and forever.

    April 9, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Patriot

    Ha Ha...another Democrat bites the dust! Who's afraid of the sinking ship, the sinking ship...

    April 9, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. what u are thinking

    I believe stupid oh i mean stupak...... made a deal with obama ma and he will get a job.... if obama is still in office......

    good ridences to stupid stupak for selling his own out...........

    April 9, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Dmitriy

    I for one say great job Mr. Stupak. You did accomplish your goal.

    April 9, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. The New TR

    Great, cut a deal to sell out your ideals and then leave congress. Nice! I wonder what Obama promised him for his vote. I think he should stay, he fits right in with the rest of the democrats....

    April 9, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    The hits just keep on coming!

    April 9, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. one poor boy

    GOOD riddance, throw him under the bus!!!! Bammy, Pelosi and Reid next!!!!

    April 9, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. tepid2

    this man's name should be fable,,the lexicon should include hiom wht names like Mudd and Arnold... of course the media will whine and moan that those mean old tea party members and pro-lifers ran him out of office but the truth is he was going to take a shellacing in Nov.

    April 9, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. Tim

    Thank goodness. Everyone knows the Democrats sold their souls to get this rediculous bill passed. Dems were SO desparate for ANY victory, they adopted the key, yet controversial, Republican component of compulsory health care insurance to get the health insurance lobbiest to support the measure (hence the bump in health insurers stock prices once the bill was passed). Republicans aren't much better as everyone knows health care reform was needed, but they wanted to protect insurers from market losses. Either way, THIS ENTIRE CONGRESS is "Bought and Paid" for and this illegal fiscally irresponsible "health care reform" law does NOTHING to actually control costs. Infact, there is nothing in the bill that says insurers cant jack up rates so astronically that no one will be able to afford decent coverage. Can wait for it to be challenged in court.

    April 9, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Jay

    Mr. Stupak you are a wonderful man. I am sad that a principled man such as you will no longer be in Congress where you are very needed. I found your stance against abortion very respectable. I am glad you voted to rein in the insurance industry's crazy and immoral profit practices and supplied the votes that put us over the top to get the much needed healthcare bill passed.

    Tragic and ironic that a good man must leave Congress and will most likely be replaced by a stupid and immoral Republican.

    I wish you well Mr. Stupak and thank you for voting yes.

    April 9, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. Bobby

    It is called "cut and run." If you cannot stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. He got his 15 minutes of fame being the Democratic national hero. Now there will be book deals, TV deals, and no telling how much money he is carrying out in his pockets because of his good faith 360 turn around. Good riddance.

    April 9, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. FM

    18 years in the House Mr.Stupak is enough. You have gained a lot and done a lot especially in passing the Health Care Reform. Just leave it to the power hungry GOP and be proud of what you have accomplished.

    April 9, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. TCM

    He could have been known in history for being the one who held off the largest America – killing taxation of this nation...instead, he tarnished himself forever; and we won't forget him, or the others like him, who put in place this economy/country killing healthcare bill. He's just getting an early start on job hunting, I advise the rest of the liberals, especially Kosmas from my area, to do the same.

    April 9, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. ct jeff

    Good riddence

    April 9, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. Patriot on Guard

    Rats jumping ship! Maybe they know what is coming and that would be the silent majority and We the People will hold you accountable for your actions. You can run but you cannot hide from the truth!
    Your nothing but a sellout, Turncoat!

    April 9, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  18. Farren Coplan

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out! You over-stayed your welcome already!

    April 9, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. Chris

    Knows he screwed his people and knows he sold out to Obama for a handful of magic beans. The guy should quit. He is a disgrace. Loser. Look it up in the Dictionary, Stupak=Loser! Guess he and all these Democratic quiters never heard that tough times don't last but tough people do huh. They made this bed, now they run away. Its a perfect ending to this Health Cara "Obamination". The right had it correct. These people who voted for all this stuff will be long gone before any of the real deficit building happens due to this law. Run for cover you sell outs. This is just the beginning of these guys running for cover. Instead of standing up to the majority of American people who didn't want this and getting voted out, they cut and run. Its the cowards way out.

    April 9, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. bj, Texas

    Good riddance Barf Stoogepack!

    April 9, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. mike

    well now the the tea party is going to think that they scored a victory
    and the only thing that the stupak did was boast there ego most
    voters could care less but the tea party along with palin is good
    news for the media when you are on the bottom like palin and the
    tea party the only way is to go up anything is good news for them

    April 9, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. john

    Retirement? Please. More accurate story is he's going to collect on the promises given for his vote.

    April 9, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Mike Merrion

    Good riddance! Bart Stupak disgraced and humiliated himself. His so called "pro-life position" was nothing but a gimmick to get himself elected to Congress over and over again. The only reason why he is retiring is because he knows he'd be creamed in November.

    April 9, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. Tom, from Lancaster, PA

    1 down, 434 to go!

    April 9, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. zackonly1

    What will he do now, become a lobbyist for big business?

    April 9, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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