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Ear to the Ground

Democrat Stupak Won’t Run Again

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Posted on Apr 9, 2010
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Political enemies created this image to denounce Rep. Bart Stupak’s vote for health care reform.

Bart Stupak, the Michigan congressman who led the charge against President Obama’s health care bill on the grounds that it might allow tax money to pay for abortions, has decided he will not run for re-election in 2010.

The Democrat has been on the defensive since he accepted an executive order promising no federal financing of abortions and then voted for the reform bill.

Tea party and anti-abortion activists (is there a difference?) have aggressively campaigned against Stupak, attacking the congressman from the right, while pro-choice Democrats chastised him for dragging his heels. —JCL

Reuters:

During the healthcare debate, Stupak led a coalition of anti-abortion Democrats that threatened to kill the bill because of concerns it would allow taxpayer money to finance abortions. That angered healthcare reform supporters and abortion-rights advocates who saw it as an effort to expand federal restrictions against abortion.

Stupak settled for an executive order stating that no federal funding for abortion would be provided and ended up voting in favor of the healthcare bill. Anti-abortions groups were outraged and he became a target for the conservative Tea Party movement which sponsored radio and television ads to defeat him in the November congressional elections.

Fellow Michigan Democrat Mike Lahti, a state representative, said Stupak would rather spend time with his wife, Laurie, and his family than go through a bitter campaign this summer.

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By ofersince72, April 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment

Really?  You believe that Sunday superbowl show??
Why does this bill not go into effect until 2014?
The Republicans were tickled to death with this bill.

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By rollzone, April 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

hello. Michigan is a troubled land, supposedly divided by the good north, and the not so good south. i believe this gentleman was representing the good north, but got scared for his life, and turned to join the evil empire. i can not blame him for choosing to be there for the growth of his children, just find it unfortunate that he found himself in a life threatening predicament as a public representative. if he would at some time go public with the truth about what happened, perhaps it will never happen again.

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By rico, suave, April 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment

“Tea party and anti-abortion activists (is there a difference?)”

Yes there is JCL, you blindered moron.

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By yfic, April 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment
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ofersince72, to call Stupak “inept” makes no sense. Stupak held out for the assurances he wanted, and once he had them, he agreed to sign off on a bill that represented the priorities of his party and president. It’s called negotiation. I don’t agree with Stupak’s pro-life views, but I respect him for participating in the process, and holding up his end of the bargain he made. Unlike, say, any Republican member of the House or Senate.

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By ofersince72, April 9, 2010 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

Good ridance !!!!!!!!!! However,  I am sure your
replacement will probably be just as inept.

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