Stupak retiring after 18 years

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Rep. Bart Stupak, an anti-abortion Democrat targeted for defeat by tea party activists for his role in securing House approval of the health care overhaul, said Friday he’s retiring after 18 years in Congress.

Stupak insisted he wasn’t being chased from the race by the Tea Party Express, which is calling for his ouster.

“The tea party did not run me out,” Stupak said. “If you know me and my personality, I would welcome the challenge.”

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