Tea Party Target Stupak Won't Seek Re-election

Friday, 09 Apr 2010 08:47 AM

 

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan tells the Associated Press he'll retire from Congress rather than seek a 10th term this year.

Stupak has drawn stinging criticism from opponents of the recently enacted health care overhaul after leading a bloc of anti-abortion Democrats whose last-minute support was crucial to its approval by the House.

The Tea Party Express is calling for his defeat at rallies in his sprawling northern Michigan district this week.

But Stupak tells the AP the attacks didn't influence his decision and he could win re-election if he tried.

He plans to announce his decision at a 12:30 p.m. news conference at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

He says he wants to spend more time with his family and start a new career after 18 years in Congress.

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