April 9th, 2010
08:34 AM ET

Sources: Stupak retiring from Congress

Bart Stupak came under fire for his support of the Obama administration's health care proposal.

[Updated at 9:52 a.m.] Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell said the group has been the only one bringing "major national attention" to Congressman Bart Stupak and believes his apparent decision to retire reflects his movement's clout.

Russell said Stupak had been "well-aware" that the Express has been "barnstorming" the state's Upper Peninsula to raise "awareness" of what he called the congressman's "duplicitous conduct."

[Posted at 8:34 a.m.] Nine-term Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak of 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 to support the administration's health care legislation. He struck the deal because, he said, he was convinced that the measure bans federal funding for abortion.

Stupak first informed Democratic leaders last week that he was considering retiring, and he received calls from President Barack 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.

soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. John Dee

    So much for another phony "conservative!" He really ought to worry about being voted out of that long desired place in the hereafter, rather than his puny membership in the most corrupt government in U.S. history. "Sic Semper Phoniness!"

    April 9, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. California Conservative

    He displayed significan courage in passing a very long overdue insurance reform. The mad hat tea party people are only a front for the insurance companies.,

    April 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sojurner Truth

    Delighted that The Stunod is taking his Ill-Gotten Gains & moving his family to Costa Rica–like so many other newly-wealthy Sell Outs! As my GrandMother would have said: "GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD TRASH!" As the Irish GrandMothers of my childhood used to say: "Don't let the screen door bang you on the arse on your way out!".

    April 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cammy Cole

    Bart appears to be a good man who caved to Pelosi's pressure.
    I contacted his office, angry that he caved to the vote and sorry he is now choosing to leave. He knew the executive order was not worth the paper and inkused to sign it. All of us need to remember we will one day face God and how can one who says he is pro life sell his soul for a fews hours of fame?
    I wish him well!

    April 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pups McCann

    The way Stupak carried on about his so-called Pro-Life convictions and then to sell out for a worthless Executive Order has derived him of any future credibility. Also the notion of a Pro-Life Democrat is a myth just ask Planned Parenthood.

    April 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. L.G.

    Stupak should be stepping down after what he did–another useless democrat who sold out. Wonder what the obummer boy offered him for his poor choice.

    April 10, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. L.G.

    Keith, he didn't give this any consideration at all; he knew he was cooked by his stupidity. Yes, Tea Party, go, go, go! Grass roots is what this country needs as it heads toward socialism under the obummer boy.

    April 10, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kathleen

    Mr. Stupak,

    If you are a good man and love God I know that what you did to the furture children of
    the world will be with you for the rest of your life and that is going to kill you...Knowing that your vote would have saved many innocent lives will be your punishment for the rest of your life...You sold out the innocent lives for THREE new Airports.....How selfish, you should have been more SELFLESS...CONGRESS REMEMBER that one day you will be in front of the highest court in the Universe and you will be Judge by how much you knew and believe me there will be millions upon millions of little angels there....What will you say Stupak???????????

    April 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    At one time I lived in his district and if I still did after what happen I would have not voted for him. Hood winked by the presindent<(?). I thiught that he was good but I guess not something to think about! He was Catholic and he should have know better!

    April 11, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
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