UPPER MICHIGAN DEMOCRAT BART STUPAK WILL NOT RUN AGAIN.

US CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK (D-Menominee)

Several news sources are reporting this morning that US Congressman Bart Stupak, a Menominee Democrat will not seek re-election.  The following report is from the Associated Press:

Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak 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 block 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.

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