Is Bart Stupak about to call it quits? The rumors are that the man who stood his ground against abortion in Obamacare and then called folded for an empty promise and $750,000 to local airports is considering throwing in the towel. Word is (according to MSNBC) that the guy is simply exhausted. The criticism he received, first from the left, and then from the right — has worn him and his family out (and the worst part is he did it all for nothing). According to sources, if he had to make the decision now, he’d probably NOT run. However, senior Democrats 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.
On the other hand, CNN says that while he is considering retirement, sources say that he will probably run:
Is Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak considering retiring? A statement from his spokeswoman Michelle Begnoche neither confirms, nor denies that.
“Every two years, Congressman Stupak discusses with his family and his constituents whether to seek reelection. He believes that is what the people of the First District of Michigan deserve,” said Begnoche.
However, she also says Stupak’s campaign plans are underway, and has already gathered the one thousand signatures needed to formally file for re-election by Michigan’s deadline, May 11th.
And, despite the rumors and cryptic statement, several Michigan Democrats who know Stupak tell CNN they do not think he will retire.
If he does decide to retire, Stupak’s legacy will be that he almost made a courageous stand. But in the case of morality almost doesn’t count.
That made Stupak a prime target of anger about the health care bill. The Tea Party Express plans to hold three rallies in his rural Michigan district later this week, and three potential GOP challengers plan to attend. Stupak also lost support from anti-abortion groups that had traditionally backed the Democrat. The Right To Life of Michigan rescinded their endorsement and another anti abortion group, the Susan B Anthony List, took back his “Defender of Life” award.
Stupak is also now facing a slew of criticisms from left – abortion rights groups who think he forced too many abortion restrictions in the health care bill are trying to raise money for his Democratic primary challenger, Connie Saltonstall.
More to come.