Posted by: reddiva | April 9, 2010

Seeing is Believing

I had to see this for myself.  The first hint I got that something might be in the air was yesterday when I read my colleague’s statement that it may be in the air.  Lisa Graas wrote, “Well, I hope he does bow out…..and honestly, I will be praying for him.  He seems to be an incredibly mixed-up individual.”

My first thought was, “Bless her heart.  She’s seeing some good somewhere that I don’t see.”  My next thought was, “Okay.. one more Democrat out of the way!”  Ms. Graas is a much nicer person than I am.

Today, I see it for myself, and I still feel the same way.  (bold emphasis mine)

Michigan‘s Dem. Rep. Stupak announces retirement

By JOHN FLESHER Associated Press Writer © 2010 The Associated Press

April 9, 2010, 12:24PM

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Rep. Bart Stupak, an anti-abortion Democrat targeted for defeat by tea party activists for his crucial role in securing House approval of the health care overhaul, said Friday he’s retiring this year to begin “a new and exciting chapter.”

Stupak said during a news conference that he made the decision within the last 36 hours not to seek a 10th term. He said he felt his main legislative goal — a national health care overhaul — was accomplished.

“I’ve struggled with this decision. I’ve wanted to leave a couple of times, but I always thought there was one more job to be done,” Stupak said. “Either I’ll run again and be there forever, or it’s time to make the break and move on.”

Stupak told The Associated Press earlier that he believed he could have won re-election. He insists 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.

“It’s time to begin a new and exciting chapter,” Stupak said at the news conference.

He said he was tired after 18 years in office and wanted to spend more time with his family.

Stupak also mentioned threats he has received because of his stance and votes on various issues.

“The three o’clock in the morning phone calls, that’s people outside the district,” he said. “That’s not my district. I know these folks. They wouldn’t do that. You sort of just ignore it and move on.”

Stupak said the decision whether to retire was the main topic of conversation when he, his wife and son traveled to the NCAA Final Four to cheer on Michigan State.

“It allowed my family — the three of us — to sit down,” he said. “There’s a lot of windshield time between Menominee and Indianapolis.”

So, Michigan, what he is telling you is that he is STILL ignoring you.  He is saying that he would continue to ignore you if he stayed in the elected position you had granted him.  I wonder if he would have gotten the message that he no longer represents you if he had waited until you kicked him out in your August 3 Primary?

Mr. Stupak joins an ever growing list of Senators, Congressmen and Governors trying to save themselves the embarrassment of being shown the door by the people who care the most – their constituents and their State Constitutions by way of term limits.

Including John Murtha who passed away while in office, the list has grown to 70.  By my count that leaves us, the American Conservative Voter, with only 400 pink slips to hand out!

Fasten your seat belts, Washington.  It’s going to be a seriously bumpy ride!

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  1. Not to mention the escape from persecution, prosecution and possible conviction of intentional corruption of the Governemnt to enhance for their own benifit.
    I suppose they have all made as much “dirty” money as they feel they should try to, without pushing the limits and exposing themselves and the entire ‘scam” .

    • You make a great point, Ms. Passaro.


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