Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) Will Not Seek Re-Election
Matt | On 09, Apr 2010
This shouldn’t be too much of a shocker, but controversial Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) announced that he will not seek reelection in November to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Stupak was a key vote and leader of a voting bloc that essentially delivered the healthcare bill’s passage on March 21. He and some others were against the original healthcare bill because of the possibility of directing federal funds toward abortions. Stupak is a staunch pro-life supporter. It was not until President Obama promised (and delivered) an Executive Order reaffirming the ban on federally-funded abortions that Stupak reversed his decision. That move alone brought about eight desperately-needed votes to the Democrats.
None other than the Tea Party Express is taking credit for Stupak’s latest decision to not seek reelection. They held rallies and paid for upwards of $250,000 in television advertising against Stupak in his district. You can watch one of the ads in the above clip. TPE Political Director, Brian Shroyer, had the following to say about Stupak:
“The surprising announcement that Congressman Bart Stupak is abandoning his campaign for re-election shows the power of the tea party movement. Stupak was not longer able to hide his betrayal of conservative principles because the tea party movement was determined to educate the voters in his district of his vote of betrayal for Obamacare.
During the past few weeks the Tea Party Expresss put together a formidable campaign to defeat Bart Stupak. Two days ago we began a $250,000 TV and radio ad blitz. For weeks we’ve been organizing tea party rallies specifically targeting Stupak for defeat…”
I can’t quite say if it was the Tea Party Express or if Stupak’s 18-year Congressional career played into his decision not to seek reelection. He said when he started in 1992 that he wanted to reform healthcare. Well, he got his wish! There were several other times that he threatened to quit, but he stayed in the race. During those times, the Tea Party had not even been formed. To serve at any job for 18 years is a long time, especially considering the scrutiny, death threats, and all of the issues you have to handle with Congress.
Stupak is the 16th House Democrat to announce he is not seeking reelection, while 18 House Republicans have made the same decision. The tone in Washington, that many of these representatives have created, has now come home to bite them in the ass. It will make for a very interesting November election cycle.