Wonder what you would find if you frisked Democratic U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak’s future?
Answer: Rumor has it, he might retire.
With just a few days to go before the end of this recess, House Democrats are cautiously optimistic that they could get through it without a single retirement announcement. That said, there is still a concern that some important incumbents in districts that they are uniquely suited could call it quits. At the top of the concern list this week: Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak. The Democrat best known this year as the Democrat who delivered the winning margin of votes for the president’s health-care reform bill is said to be simply exhausted. The criticism he received — first from the left, and then from the right — has worn him and his family out. And if he had to make the decision now, he’d probably NOT run. As of this writing, a bunch of senior Democrats (many of the same ones who twisted his arm on the health care vote) are trying to talk him into running. The filing deadline in Michigan is still a month away, but veterans of that state’s politics are skeptical anyone other than Stupak can hold that district in this political climate.
Personally, I will be bummed if this rumor ends up to be true… I want to feel the sweet satisfaction of seeing him kicked out of office! 😆
Side-Note: There has been a lot of chatter on other blogs about Rep. Stupak possibly running for governor of Michigan. This will not happen. Here in Michigan – my home state – each candidate needs to collect 15,000 petition signatures in order to make it on the primary ballot for governor. Unfortunately for Rep. Stupak, if he wanted to make a run for the governor’s seat, he would need to collect all those signatures by the May 11, 2010 deadline. Reminder: That’s a little over a month away.
*UPDATE* – April 9, 2010 – 5:30 PM.
It’s official folks! U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) is retiring.
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.