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. Jay

    Of course he's retiring. Obama, Pelosi & Reid offered him a deal he couldn't refuse.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Citizen

    I'd retire too if I got death threats for trying to look out for the welfare of US citizens... People in this country have gone crazy...

    April 9, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill K NY

    One can only guess at what he was promised for his vote on helath care government takeover.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Can't take the heat get out of the kitchen

    April 9, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Roy R. Rowlands

    If true, he will be missed.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. hampster

    Hey man , why not? Just take a look at his retirement package and other perks as a retired congressman! He is definitely set for life and will probably wind up with a new cushie job working for some big corporation! Like few people every retire with what politicians retire with.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. GO BLUE

    Thank God!! He should have done this years ago! He's sold us out locally and nationally!!

    April 9, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rex

    Having been a resident of the upper peninsula (UP) of Michigan, I can assure you that Bart works for his own self-interest, not the interest of his constituents. If you ever wrote Bart to address a federal issue, his response was "I will keep your concerns in mind should the topic be addressed on the house floor." If a constituent writes their congressman, it's because they want their concern to be addressed, not wait until someone else brings it up. If you ever visit the UP, you will find that people are generally satisfied with poor service. I think that is how this man has stayed in office so long.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Skyhook

    Falling on his sword.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. James

    Good riddance.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. BillMaher4President

    He is leaving office because the E-Street Church scandal is going to catch up with him...He is a stupid yooper from Michigan who has little to no intelligence and jumped on the pro-life band-wagon to gain popularity...Sorry ole boy Bart, your deceitful mormon-like ways have finally caught up with you.

    Best of Luck,

    Fellow Yooper

    April 9, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. richie w

    maybe he realized an executive order cant override the crappy law he helped pass.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. anniuebannie

    It is now obvious he was bought by Pelosi and Obama

    April 9, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bobby B.

    I am sorry to hear that congressman Stupak feels compelled to retire his congressional seat. I admit that I was upset with his effort to hold up passage of the health insurance reform bill based on his concern over the abortion issue. It's a shame that people felt compelled to threaten Mr. Stupak and his family following his decision to support the final version of the bill. I wish him and his family all the best in the future.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Husman ' Kub

    If Stupak beleives in his heart that the health care bill is what is needed in this country like i do, he should fight like a man with concviction and rescind his cowardly retreat into his home giving credit to his detractors that he sold his heart to the devil by supporting the legislation.Enough of the cowards in congress.Stupak makes it easy for his opponent to selling their beliefs even when they are wrong. Stand up and fight for your beleifs.The bill is going to save those alive and protect the un-born.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
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