Congressman Heading Planned Parenthood Probe Loses Election

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 15, 2012   |   1:44PM   |   Washington, DC

The Florida congressman who was heading the investigation in the House of Representatives into the Planned Parenthood abortion business and its potential misuse of taxpayer dollars and allegations of Medicaid fraud lost his re-election bid Tuesday night.

Rep. Cliff Stearns conceded the Republican nomination for Florida’s 3th district to local veterinarian Ted Yoho, a Republican who challenged him in his race for nomination for another term to his Republican-leaning district.

Despite Stearn’s pro-life and conservative bona fides, Tea Party activists targeted him with Yoho, who ran a small-dollar campaign.

“Based upon the results from last night, it would appear that there are not enough provisional ballots to make up the difference for me to win this primary election.  Therefore, I am conceding the election to Ted Yoho and I talked with him wishing him the best in his effort to represent the wonderful people of north central Florida.  I have had an excellent and rewarding experience working in Congress for my fellow Floridians,” Stearns said in a statement.

He continued:  “I am disappointed that I won’t be able to continue my investigations of the Obama administration such as the risky loan guarantee to Solyndra and holding Planned Parenthood accountable to the taxpayers.  There is so much left to do in conducting oversight over the White House and the President’s growing expansion of government into our lives.”

“I stand proud of my 24-year record of conservative leadership and of defending our traditional values in Congress,” Stearns added. “It has been an honor, privilege, and the high calling of my life to serve the many outstanding citizens of Florida in our nation’s capital.  I will leave the House of Representatives with a joyful heart and the satisfaction that I did all I could to advance the conservative cause.”

Stearns, as recently as August, was pressing forward with his investigation after Tonya Reaves, 24, died after having a second-trimester abortion at a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood clinic. She died after a hemorrhage, with a cervical dilation and evacuation, according to the medical examiner’s office following an autopsy after the abortion that claimed her life.

“I would like to put them under oath,” he told Fox News. “I would like to find out how they spend our half a billion dollars, and I would also like to explore some of the safety aspects, particularly in light of this death, of this tragedy.”



Stearns, the head of a subcommittee in the House, launched a Congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood after abuses at the abortion centers it runs were reported and news stories surfaced showing Planned Parenthood affiliates engaging in fraudulent activities with taxpayer funds. Stearns was also persuaded by a series of Live Action Films showing Planned Parenthood workers advising actors posing as a sex trafficker and a prostitute on how to obtain birth control and abortions for their underage trafficking victims.