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. Buch

    Ken Spain: " After selling his soul ..."

    Not sure anyone is capable of bing more souless and greedy than the Republican bunch.

    April 9, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Daniel

    The same thing happened before 1994. Members of Congress from both sides who exhibited any sign of ideological flexibility were marginalized or resigned in disgust leading to the Republican Revolution and the Contract on America. A new purge is in the process now, but the conciliators and dealmakers of days gone by are already gone. Now people who get what they want by talking to the other side at all are the ones with their heads on the block.

    Congratulations America, you're going to get the government you asked for. May God have mercy on our souls...

    April 9, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Don

    This is about time! This man sold his soul for a few pieces of silver. He let so many people down and I think he must have a very difficult time sleeping at night.

    April 9, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. demmie

    Unbelievable! He made such a HUGE decision that affected the future course of this country and then bows out, hand clean, no accountability.

    These dems KNOW they will be trounced in Nov. so rather than this be a referendum on the health care debate and Obama, they can claim "Well, the incumbant retired so we didnt have enough time to find a suitable candidate – that's why the dem lost this seat"

    Pathetic. These guys should have to eat their own dogfood. They should have the confidence to defend their platform and their decisions.

    April 9, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. dg

    Moderate Democrats should have known their time was done with Obama was sworn into office. The so called "Big Tent" party is quickly becoming an isolated group of hard left liberals and no moderates need apply.

    April 9, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. M. Seiber

    Good! He should retire since he no longer has a spine and cannot stand up for what he believes in any longer. We don't need wishy-washy people in leadership. We need people that can be elected and stand firm on their beliefs. Glad to see him go.

    April 9, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Brad

    Republicans are classless. In that comment alone we have a snapshot as to why bipartisan politics will never work in America with guys like Ken Spain spewing such drivel on the republican side. Completely classless.

    April 9, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. TGIF

    That Ken Spain sounds like a real winner. It's the continued nasty rhetoric coming out of the Republican party that turned me off, and it's only getting worse. I don't know who conservative people with a conscience and good manners are supposed to vote for anymore.

    April 9, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. rjw

    No matter how many times or how loudly the Republicans say it, there is NO government takeover of health care.

    April 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Doug S

    1 of many. Let the cleaning begin!

    April 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Tony

    Good riddance.

    He's a coward and a baby killer and God will judge him accordingly.

    April 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Marg

    Can you update your display screen on this story from Rep Bart Stupak Retiring to Dem Bart Stupak?

    April 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. Bart Stupid

    Hey, what can I say? I'm basically a coward. I've got REALLY REALLY little balls. My next job will be as an assistant in an abortion clinic. Oh wait, I don't BELIEVE IN ABORTION! Oh well, I guess I can't do that. Of course, my cowardly actions have ensured many many abortions. The blood of the slain 40million babies cries up to God and destruction is coming to the U.S.

    April 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Mary

    Bart Stupak should resign, he made a deal with the devil and now he has to pay the piper.

    April 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Tre'

    If we sing "na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye" will we be treated as badly as those that did it to Bush? Oh that's right, they weren't treated badly, they were revered.

    April 9, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. dave

    Bite on this splinter issue and I will sell you the GOP. Remember the people who killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis over a lie? How can you forget their debt, we will have it the rest of our lives.

    April 9, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Paul

    Too bad he didn't retire before he sold this country down the river – and then not have the guts to face the voters? Wow, did Pelosi rip out his spine when she was twisting his arm? He's a disgrace to his district, his party and this country. Good riddance!

    April 9, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. rudyray

    See Ya , I am sure his poll #'s had nothing to do with his retirement

    April 9, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Jeff In Houston

    No great loss. With some of his views, he could never have been classified as a progressive. He is, instead, just a hold-over from a time dominated by tired old ideas. We need to start acting like and evolved, aware society.

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    April 9, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Steve Lyons

    One more down, Another 200 to defeat.

    The tyrants already passed the worst thing since the stamp act.

    Hopefully it will turn out they signed their own career death warrants and the November elections will bury them.

    After that we need to impose hard term limits of 6 years in the House and 6 years in the Senate, repeal both the 16th and 17th amendments, and revoke all Congressional and Presidential retirement benefits.

    April 9, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Mark

    This will stay in headlines for a half of a day and GOP Steele for another 4 months.

    April 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Al in Florida

    "...the Democrats’ government takeover of healthcare has put the political careers of many Democrats in jeopardy ... ."

    And the rhetoric of the right wing blowhards has put the lives of many Democrats in jepordy as well. His decision not to run again likely has very little to do with "accomplishing what he set out to do" and probably much more to do with the fact that right wing wackos were threating his life. I fear this will only embolden those lunatics into taking even more agressive actions like they do with abortion doctors.

    April 9, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Mark

    Love the republicans, "after selling his soul" as the Republican said. How disrespectful to a fellow congresman and its just become such a joke in Washington that eventually we the people will ALL be left behind while the Republicans get themselves and all there corrupt friends rich at everyone else's expense. I guess eventually God will decide who sold out to whom and at what expense.

    April 9, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Stephen King

    My Goodness...if Ken Spain put any more spin on that nobody would need a large hadron collider. "Selling his soul"..."Government takeover of healthcare"..."alleged pro-life principles"....

    Can't you just say, "Been nice working with ya, congratulations on a long career" like gentlemen used to say?

    April 9, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. mike

    Yeah, riiiighhhtt. Just another in the long line who will quit before they will allow themselves to "lose". The guys jumped on Obama's grenade, and now it's time to pay the price.

    April 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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