The Tea Party Express (website: www.TeaPartyExpress.org) has issued the following statement from Political Director, Bryan Shroyer, regarding the rumors of Bart Stupak's retirement:
"The surprising announcement that Congressman Bart Stupak is abandoning his campaign for re-election shows the power of the tea party movement. Stupak was not longer able to hide his betrayal of conservative principles because the tea party movement was determined to educate the voters in his district of his vote of betrayal for Obamacare.
During the past few weeks the Tea Party Expresss put together a formidable campaign to defeat Bart Stupak. Two days ago we began a $250,000 TV and radio ad blitz. For weeks we've been organizing tea party rallies specifically targeting Stupak for defeat.
"Last night in Ironwood, MI some 400+ people turned out for a rally against Stupak, which is almost 10% of the city's population. We are currently en route to Escanaba, MI where a giant rally is planned.
"People in this district are furious with Bart Stupak. He betrayed his constituents and his own principles. Those who helped him win electoral victories of more than 60% in the past were now working to defeat him.
"There has not been a similar national push in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Michigan as is currently underway by the Tea Party Express. This effort is historic, and it has been possible because of the disgust voters have towards Stupak's betrayal of those he was supposed to represent.
"Just as Scott Brown was propelled to vicoty in the U.S. Senate thanks to the tea party movement, now Bart Stupak appears to have succumbed to the movement's strength as well.
"Our movement is real - it is not Astroturf, and we're not going away. November 2010, here we come!"
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