Stupak won't run for re-election - Politico

Perhaps sensing the great big bullseye on his back - put there by tea partiers - Rep. Bart Stupak has decided not to run for re-election.Mike Allen and Josh Kraushaar of Politico have the details: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.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 National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Ken Spain. "The political fallout over the Democrats' government takeover of healthcare has put the political careers of many Democrats in jeopardy thanks in-part to Stupak's decision to abandon his alleged pro-life principles."Republicans believe that other...(Read Full Post)