The AP is reporting that Bart Stupak has decided to retire from Congress and not seek a 10th term. Stupak, a leader of the pro-life faction of Democrats has received harsh criticism from his erstwhile enthusiasts in that community following the deal he made with the Obama administration to support the health care reform package. Both Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, the two highest ranking Democrats in the House urged him to run again, as his district will be very difficult for another member of the party to hold.
Stupak would have faced challengers from both the right and the left in this year’s campaign, which has found vast funding to both his expected Republican contender and from pro-choice Democratic groups to a primary challenge. Stupak, following the compromise he received from the administration, received a number of threats which he publicized and may have played a part in his decision. He is expected to announce his decision today.