Stupak to Announce Retirement From Congress

Robin Marty

Michigan Representative Bart Stupak is believed to be announcing his retirement today.

The Michigan representative now best known for attempting to hold healthcare reform hostage in order to advance his anti-choice agenda will be annoucing his retirement today, according to the Atlantic.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) plans to announce his retirement today, Democrats briefed on his decision said. Stupak, the leader of a pro-life faction within his party, had received death threats and was under intense political pressure after he agreed to support the Democratic health care reform legislation, even though pro-life groups insisted that it would allow federal funds to be used for abortion.

Stupak was being challenged in a primary by Charlevoix County Commissioner Connie Saltonstall, who has already received the backing of numerous pro-choice and women’s political action groups.  It remains to be seen if she will be the only Democratic candidate for the seat after Stupak’s exit.

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