Plays the primary role (by caving on his principles) in helping his fellow Democrats take over 1/6 of the American economy, and then splits when the heat gets too hot in the kitchen. Ain’t politics grand?
Rep. Bart Stupak to retire, putting seat in play
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who had a central role in the health reform fight as the leader of anti-abortion Democrats, plans to announce Friday that he will not run for reelection, a Democratic official said. Without Stupak on the ballot, the seat becomes an immediate pickup opportunity for Republicans.
President Barack Obama called Stupak on Wednesday and asked him not to retire. Stupak, 58, also resisted entreaties from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the dean of the Wolverine State delegation.
Friends said Stupak was not leaving because of the health fight but because of the exertion that would be required to hold his sprawling Upper Peninsula District. He made the final decision during a conversation with his family while in Indianapolis to root for Michigan State in its Final Four basketball game.
Not leaving because of the health fight? Um, ok. I guess the exertion that would be required from Stupak would be due to other reasons then. Couldn’t possibly be the health care fight.
Well hey, at least Stupak stood up to Obama and Pelosi when it really mattered. Oh wait…