TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. –, targeted for defeat by Tea Party activists for his crucial role in securing House approval of the , said Friday he would retire from Congress this year.
The nine-term congressman told The Associated Press he could have won re-election and insisted he wasn't being chased from the race by the Tea Party Express, which is holding rallies this week in his northern Michigan district calling for his ouster. Instead, Stupak said he was tired after 18 years in office and wanted to spend more time with his family.
"The Tea Party did not run me out," he said in a telephone interview. "If you know me and my personality, I would welcome the challenge."... The article ends with:
Three little-known hopefuls are seeking the GOP nomination, and Stupak faced a primary challenge from a Democrat who is pro-choice on abortion.
Do you think he's quitting because he wants to spend more time with his family or he couldn't put money into a sure defeat.....by the 'little-known' GOP 'hopefuls?' Have you seen this video where he says he'd have voted for health care even if he'd not got the 'promise' of no federal funding for abortion? No, the mainstream media didn't show it........ but, here it is: