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Stupak: The Tea Party Didn’t Run Me Out

From his forever grateful fans at the Associated Press:

Michigan’s Stupak, a tea party target, is retiring

By JOHN FLESHER
April 9, 2010

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Bart Stupak, an anti-abortion Democrat targeted for defeat by tea party activists for his crucial role in securing House approval of the health care overhaul, said Friday he would retire from Congress this year.

The nine-term congressman told The Associated Press he could have won re-election and insisted he wasn’t being chased from the race by the Tea Party Express, which is holding rallies this week in his northern Michigan district calling for his ouster. Instead, Stupak said he was tired after 18 years in office and wanted to spend more time with his family.

"The tea party did not run me out," he said in a telephone interview. "If you know me and my personality, I would welcome the challenge."

Three little-known hopefuls are seeking the GOP nomination, and Stupak faced a primary challenge from a Democrat who supports abortion rights.

Stupak, 58, said he had considered retirement for years but was persuaded to stay in Congress because of the prospect of serving with a Democratic majority and helping win approval of the health care overhaul, which he described as his top legislative priority.

"I’ve fought my whole career for health care and thanks to Barack Obama and my colleagues, we’ve gotten it done," he said…

Since [his vote for ‘healthcare reform’], Stupak has become a symbol for critics of the overhaul. The Tea Party Express labeled him its No. 2 target for defeat after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

The group kicked off a $250,000 television and radio blitz in Stupak’s district Wednesday, ahead of rallies that began Thursday night and were continuing through the weekend.

"The surprising announcement that Congressman Bart Stupak is abandoning his campaign for re-election shows the power of the tea party movement," said a statement posted Friday on its Web site.

Michigan’s 1st District is notoriously difficult turf for anyone trying to unseat the incumbent. Measuring 600 miles wide, it takes in about half the state’s land mass – including the entire Upper Peninsula – and has no major media market…

Stupak said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer had urged him to seek re-election. Republicans represented his rural, blue-collar district for nearly three decades before he won in 1992, and his departure will create a strong opportunity for the GOP…

Stupak said he reached his decision this week after talking with his family and was making a quick announcement to give other Democratic hopefuls time to organize and get their names on the primary election ballot.

"I feel like I can finally step away," Stupak said. "I can be home more often with my wife. I’m young enough to start a new career. I’m at peace and very comfortable with my decision."

It’s great to see Mr. Stupak running true to form to the last — and going out with such a whopper of a lie on his lips.

But it sure looks like ‘healthcare reform’ might not be so popular, after all.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Stupak: The Tea Party Didn’t Run Me Out”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Great job Mr. Stupak!
    Who knew you would be a spear catcher?
    Sacrifices like this are rare on the left (one wonders about the hidden payoff).

    I hope the Tea Party continues to fail in this manner.
    If we can fail the Democrats out of politics (and grow some new ones for the Republicans) we might just save this country.

    TEA PARTIERS!
    Come down hard on any of Obama’s activist appointees!
    March on DC to make it clear that we don’t want another leftist on the court!

  2. proreason says:

    On to a life of leisure in an oppulent dacha as a lobbiest / commissar.

    You don’t think he sold out cheap, do you?

  3. TwilightZoned says:

    “The tea party did not run me out,” he said in a telephone interview.

    You lie!

    • Catwoman59 says:

      I respectfully beg to differ. The crank calls he said he’d received (or rather that he said his wife had received at 2 and 3 a.m.) came BEFORE the bill was voted on. They could only have come from his side of the aisle, as he was purporting to stand with us prolifers on our side of the aisle until he was bought off by money for airports etc.

      Good riddance-but you have to wonder who’s standing in the wings that would simply be more in [lock]step with the Democrat platform, therefore more electable.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Meant to be very sarcastic. I love Joe Williams line!

      The heat however, was being turned up ( like boiling a frog) as TPer’s were planning a gathering in his district prior to his announcement. Now it will be a celebration party. Stupak realized the very real prospect of his backside being handed to him on a platter this November.

      “Well at bottom I think we can agree that this scumbucket NEVER intended to vote against the bill in the first place. :) ”

      Yupper!!!

  4. proreason says:

    “until he was bought off by money for airports etc. ”

    not likely Cat. You must be a nice person to give the slimeball credit for selling out to help constitutients.

    He was personally promised many millions. Without a doubt.

    But luckily for little Bart, by not running again, he won’t have to disclose his personal finances.

    • Catwoman59 says:

      Well at bottom I think we can agree that this scumbucket NEVER intended to vote against the bill in the first place. :)

      Not even Obamao could change his mind, though personally I think that too was simply a publicity stunt.

      What cynics we are! :P :)

  5. Right of the People says:

    What does that make it now, at least 6 or 7 Dimwits in the House who are “retiring” instead of going down to humiliating defeat in November at at least 3 in the Senate? I wonder how many more we can force out before the election?

    So many to punk, so little time.

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    What’s the difference between Rep Stupak & a catfish? One’s a spineless scum sucker & the other one’s a fish.

  7. GL0120 says:

    As Rush said today, Stupak made the claim of threats on March 18th, days before he voted as he’d always planned to vote.
    That would mean that the threats were not coming from conservatives who were led to believe that Stupak would vote against the health care bill. If, and that’s a big if, any threats were made, they were being made by liberals concerned that he’d vote against the bill.
    You know, this event will cause a change in the language; no longer will we say “Scared Stupid,” rather, we’ll say “Scared Stupak.”
    A minor spelling change, same meaning.

  8. ptat says:

    Ma Mama always said “Stupid is as Stupak does.”

  9. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “”The tea party did not run me out,” he said in a telephone interview. “If you know me and my personality, I would welcome the challenge.”

    No doubt Bart, you really showed that “no holds barred” fighting spirit by selling out your “beliefs” at the first chance you got from the Magic Negro. Good riddance!

  10. Mithrandir says:

    NO ONE leaves a cushy job like coaching or politics unless one of these happens:

    ~Poor performance
    ~Caught doing something wrong
    ~ Unsure of their ability to renew their contract or election

    They all are pulled away kicking and screaming, until severve old age creeps up on them. Look at Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and all the other 70 80 or 90 year old codgers (*Ahem–Supreme Court) out there.

    BUT THEY ALL SAY the same things when their wretched hands are unclinched from their desk:
    *Oh, I want to spend more time with my family.
    *I need a new challenge….

    Yeah right, you were run out on a rail, and you know it.

  11. sheehanjihad says:

    Hey Bart! Don’t STU, just PAK yer bags and get the hell out. The tea party decided that it wasn’t wise to double down on Stupak! You spineless turncoat sleaze bag!

    Time to leave your bribe ridden position, and spend time with your collection of curiously stained tube socks that you stashed in a shoe box and buried in the Quincy Copper Mine.

    You can be proud, however, that the name Bart Stupak has now become the “go to” word for bribed liars who sell out their constituents for personal long term monetary gain. Benedict Arnold can finally rest easy….betrayal has a new star.

  12. mr_bill says:

    I bet Stupak gets a heck of a lot more than 30 pieces of silver.

  13. crate says:

    He is a liar all the way around… I also do not believe Obama tried to talk him out of anything. Our Narcissist n Chief does not care who he takes out.. as long as his agenda is carried out for his place in history.

  14. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Stupak: The Tea Party Didn’t Run Me Out”

    No .. the cushy fat “assignment” and millions of dollars the o-blah-blah gang gave him did.

    And .. he (and they) knew he’d been given his lying arse in hand if he’d stayed.

    This whole batch from top to bottom are treasonous criminals!


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