Bart Stupak Faces Re-Election Battle From Both Sides: Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 26, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Bart Stupak Faces Re-Election Battle From Both Sides: Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 26
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Congressman Bart Stupak’s decision to trade his vote and those of his colleagues for the pro-abortion health care bill in exchange for a dubious executive order isn’t winning him any friends. Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate are targeting him for defeat in November.

Stupak first faces a primary election challenge from a hardcore abortion advocate who, today finds herself getting national support from NARAL.

Connie Saltonstall has taken direct aim at the formerly respected pro-life Democrat and said Stupak, “has been more interested in promoting his own personal agenda than in representing the people of Michigan’s First District.”

Saltonstall already has an extensive resume in local government and the boost from NARAL will give her additional exposure and financial support to take on Stupak.

"Over the last several months, we’ve been forced to witness Rep. Bart Stupak’s despicable attempts to hijack health-care reform because of his extreme anti-choice agenda," NARAL president Nancy Keenan said today an in email LifeNews.com obtained.

"It’s time for Bart Stupak to go, and we have just the candidate to send him packing. Contribute to defeat Bart Stupak in 2010," Keenan added.

NARAL is endorsing Saltonstall in the August 3 primary in Michigan’s first congressional district and promised her supporters "we’re going to do everything we can to elect Connie and stop Stupak."

"Bart Stupak’s 15 minutes of fame are up," Keenan promised.

Should Stupak survive the Democratic primary challenge, he will face a pro-life Republican candidate who will likely be well-funded and supported.

Saul Anuzis, a Michigan conservative activist who ran for the national chairman of the Republican Party, is targeting Stupak from the right.

In an email LifeNews.com and thousands of pro-life advocates received today from Anuzis, he said Stupak would get "payback" for his "betrayal."

"When Bart Stupak pushed Washington’s health care takeover over the top, he betrayed our values and everything he claimed to stand for," Anuzis writes. "Now we need to send him a message."

Anuzis is supporting one of the Republican candidates in the race, Dr. Dan Benishek, and set a goal of raising $219,000 by the end of the month — to match the 219 votes from those who supported the pro-abortion health care bill.

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