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. Mike Garcia

    Bart Stupak is probably a decent guy, but he totally screwed up by voting in favor of that health care bill. He did so because Obama promised an executive order keeping taxpayer money out of abortion, but he knows, as just about everybody else knows, that an executive order means nothing, and that taxpayer money can still be used to support abortion later. He knew this. We all knew this, and Obama knew this. Stupak is the first in what will be a long line of Democrat casualties from this bill.

    April 9, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. jsd5020

    Job well done, Congressman Stupak. Kudos on accomplishing the goal that you shared with so many other legislators and Americans.

    April 9, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Tony

    Good riddence.

    April 9, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Andrew

    Why stay in a job that has the makings of a Mexican Drug Cartel? The only ones who stay are too immersed in the bi-partisan fiasco that rules the House, Senate and the neo fascists who call themselves Americans. When you have idiots like Palin, Baachman, Newt and the rest of this kindergarden crowd screaming and pointing fingers, who wants to be a part of this fiasco. The Republicans vow a small goverment and limited spending?? Where were they during the 8 years of the Bush-whacked reign? 2 wars and an imploding economy due to unregulated Banks and Ponzi schemes...way to go jerk offs and now you decry what you allowed to happen? Get a real job and see what the American people are enduring!

    April 9, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. ugh

    Well he dang near made it not happen. Wacko.

    April 9, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. Darryl Jones

    When are you(CNN) and your guests going to realize that the Health Care passage is causing anger, NOT because we(Americans) just don't get it....its because we do get it. It seems so incredibly obvious that the people who actually support it are much more likely to be the ones who"don't get it" and you and the guests(you choose to have on), ignore the American people or make excuses that they "just don't get it".Why do you do this type of biased, untrue reporting...where is your repect for the truth?

    April 9, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. mike

    good buy.... dont let the door hit you.

    April 9, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. Jeff

    Good riddance!!!!!

    April 9, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. Bea Otch

    One more Dem down. Thanks Bart.

    April 9, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. Jim Vitone

    He knows he sold his soul and he cannot win. Good riddance.

    April 9, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Peggy

    yeah, yeah, yeah..........you are retiring because you know you are DONE. Man up to it, you idiot....and good riddance!

    April 9, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. JDS

    Wonder what the pay off for the vote was? What foundation will he be running next year???

    April 9, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. ggg

    Don't leave - yes, you may have accomplised what you came there to do - there is still much more to do. You seem to be one that will stick to your guns and fight for the people even when they themselves don't realize what is good for them.

    April 9, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. If Its Not Broken Its Because A Liberal Hasnt Tried to Fix It

    He sold out those who put him into office and he was suppose to represent and instead of sticking it out and facing the music, he quit and runs. Hope you are just the start of a log list!!

    April 9, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  15. Mia

    Well, the last time he listened to the President and Speaker..it got him into a world of trouble. He's correct in his decision, he needs to go. He sold out, he knows it and when the whole federal funding for abortion thing "blows up" he doesn't want the backlash. Bottom line is that he can't stomach sticking around to support his own vote because he knows it was the wrong vote.

    April 9, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. Mike

    He knew he would have been voted out this November. Better to retire than be kicked to the curb. I would rather the voters kicked him to the curb but at least he is gone, maybe a conservative can take his place.

    April 9, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. Republicans Morons of the World

    It is time for his kind to go, the Democrats will not miss him. He is nothing more than a Democrat in name only. Maybe he did feel the push and change his mind at last but he did way too much damage to the health care reform and gave the Repugnants more of an opening than they deserved. The others who joined with him should make the same decision and clear the House of thier ilk once and for all.

    April 9, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. Linda

    Tea Party, radicals = Bullying works. Wonder why our children think bullying is ok. They watch the "adults". They may not listen to a word you say but they watch everything you do.

    April 9, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  19. disappointed

    This is a prime examply of a failure of today's congress. Our representitives run for office to accomplish an objective of their own and not represent the people who elected them. "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." Unless the "sprawling conservative district" wanted health care reform, I think it is safe to say that Mr. Stupak can be considered a major failure as a congressman.

    April 9, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  20. Joan Solmonson

    I am from Upper Peninsula, an independent voter who has always supported Bart Stupak.
    You are forgetting the story about C-street and as a man who seemed to be so honest to be supported by C-street raises a lot of questions. I feel that he is hiding some thing big and does not want further investigation into his connection to C-street which maybe the reason he is retiring.
    Bart has always worked hard for our area and I wish him well.

    April 9, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  21. JohnyBOy

    Ah yes, another spineless democrat bails on America....

    April 9, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. Ancient Texan

    He caved and voted for the government take over of healthcare, but when he got home the PEOPLE made it clear they would not cave on firing him?

    April 9, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  23. Nik in NY

    Oh sure, screw up the Healthcare Bill and then split. Good riddance.

    April 9, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. Mike J.

    You would think that a financially rich public servant could not be bought off to change what they truly believe in. This man is a phony and a fraud; all that rhetoric was only window dressing. When push comes to shove, he caved in to the pressure from the far left to sell his sould and the sould of the unborn. Everyone, including Stupak, knows that an executive order does not trump LAW; it's not complicated. A President cannot just be elected and suddenly bring back prohibition via an executive order (thanks progressives.) November will bring the balance of power back to this country, and hopefully Newt will be elected in 2012 to fix the debacles and socialist leaning society Obama will leave behind.

    April 9, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. greenfish

    I am a pro-choice democrat who is very saddened by this announcement. The executive order issued at the 11th hour is what makes the health care bill in fact bipartisan. Stupak has his convictions, which ALSO include the life affirming aspects of the bill. He should be supported, not villified.

    Shame on all who demand "my way or the highway." Perfection should never be the enemy of good.

    April 9, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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