A Day Of Retirements

It's just a day of retirements. In addition to Justice Stevens, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) has announced that he will not seek reelection. Though it will be very tough to hold onto his district (Obama won it 50-48, but only after two Bush victories), something tells me that many Democrats won't view his retirement the same way they viewed our first 17 open seats.

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."

Three little-known hopefuls are seeking the GOP nomination, and Stupak faced a primary challenge from a Democrat who supports abortion rights.

In related news, Sen. George LaMieux (R-FL) says that more Senate retirements are on the way, based on their votes for health care reform (video below). I think he's wrong; I can't find any likely retirements on the Class III list up for re-election this year (though to be fair I didn't see Dorgan's coming). The only Senator even remotely possible is Daniel Inouye, who will be 86 and isn't known for an abundance of "fire in the belly." I suppose you never hear a whole lot from Ron Wyden or Barba Mikulski, but their seats are relatively safe. Patty Murray's running a little scared, but she loves her job and her position in the leadership so I'd be shocked if she pulled a Dorgan. So unless it's Inouye, I think LeMieux is wrong about Senate Democrats. If you forget his throw-away line about health care and think maybe another Repub will retire, it'd have to be either the 65yo Johnny Isakson, who is a safe bet for re-election but will have to fight to get it, or Richard Shelby, based purely on the fact that he's 75. But here's the thing - every single one of these Senators has an active re-election website. Inouye's holding campaign events and Mikulski's website even features a video that says "I'm not shy and I'm not retiring." And of course, filing deadlines for successors are passing left and right. LaMieux is probably just trying to make a little noise and scare some Democrats. Don't fall for it.

Tags: Bart Stupak, George LaMieux, Retirements, 2010 midterms, George LaMieux, Retirements, 2010 midterms (all tags)




I guess all the death-threat touting 'pro-lifers' were the last straw. Maybe he now realizes that the conservative pro-life bandwagon is all about politics and not actually about reducing abortions or protecting lives. If it's a deeply held belief of his own that must hurt.

Also something tells me he may be out of Congress, but not out of politics altogether. A run for the Senate or Governor a couple of years down the road?

by vecky 2010-04-09 02:32PM | 0 recs
Not sure who would be retiring, either...

Patty Murray is doing fine, even against Rossi (look at Rasmussen today)... Feingold isn't going to quit.  Specter will die trying to get re-elected.  Mikulski already said she's running again.  Everyone who could have retired already has. 

Hey, maybe we'll get lucky and Blanche Lincoln will retire!! 


by LordMike 2010-04-09 03:37PM | 0 recs
Not the best

The most interesting part of this article? There's a Senator named George LeMieux.

by Matthew 2010-04-09 06:54PM | 1 recs
good riddance to Stupak

We have a decent bench in this district and a fighting chance. I prefer not to have residents of The Family house on C Street pretending to be Democrats in Congress.

by desmoinesdem 2010-04-09 08:28PM | 2 recs

They've messed up HI-01, and they may mess this one up also.  I'm starting to feel Chris Van Hollen is a hack. 

by esconded 2010-04-09 09:19PM | 0 recs

I wish Michelle Bachmann would join the bandwagon of retirements

by Chuckie Corra 2010-04-10 06:25PM | 0 recs


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