“Pro-Life” Congressman Bart Stupak, who sold out his values for a meaningless piece of paper from a well-known promise-breaker (and a cut of some juicy earmarks), is not running for another term. Of course, he wants to “spend more time with his family”.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who played a central role in the health reform fight as the leader of anti-abortion Democrats, announced Friday afternoon that he will not run for reelection, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Without Stupak on the ballot, the seat becomes an immediate pickup opportunity for Republicans.
At a press conference in his home district this afternoon, Stupak attributed the exertion of traveling back and forth from Washington to his sprawling Upper Peninsula district as a primary reason for his retirement but also said that he had completed much of what he aimed to do in Congress.
“I’ve accomplished what I want to do. Either I run again and I’d be there forever or it’s time for me to make the break; it’s time for me to move on,” Stupak said.
But Republicans immediately attributed Stupak’s decision to step down as a direct consequence of his health care vote.
“After selling his soul to Nancy Pelosi, it appears that Bart Stupak finally found the courage to tell her no,” said Ken Spain, communications director of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “The political fallout over the Democrats’ government takeover of health care has put the political careers of many Democrats in jeopardy, thanks in part to Stupak’s decision to abandon his alleged pro-life principles.”
Of course, it wasn’t because his vote is not sitting well with his constituents. Of course, it is not because he looked at some internal polls. Of course, it’s not because the Tea Party has expressly targeted him. Of course, it’s not that a complete unknown has been dragging in very large amounts of campaign money to run as the Republican challenger.
It’s all about that family thing.
Stupak is only the first to fall. There are going to be a lot of Democrats drawing unemployment after the next election. There are no safe seats.