Instapundit and Ace of Spades are both reporting that Bart Stupak (D-MI) changed his vote on healthcare reform from No to Yes for a paltry $726,409. Stupak’s office announced that three airports received grants from the FAA for maintenance and improvements on three airports in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Stupak, who had been a thorn in the side of Demonrats who were hell-bent to get ObamaCare passed, proclaimed ad nauseum that he would cast a No vote, crumpled under the arm-twisting and empty promises of Fearless Reader.
The lives of as yet unborn children have been traded for $726,409. Stupak defended his cowardice by saying that an Executive Order issued by Fearless Reader gave impetus to his change of heart.
Those familiar with the text and intent of the bill say the order offers no interpretation or action beyond what the Senate version of the bill already does.
Stupak may have changed his mind but his soul was sold to the most pro-abortion president in this nation’s history. I hope you’re happy little man. Get ready to pack up your office. And don’t forget to take the jacket you’ve got hanging on the back of your office door.
Michelle Malkin is reporting that Stupak is being stripped of his “Defender of Life” Award. The Susan B. Anthony List announced their decision in this statement:
“Let me be clear: any representative, including Rep. Stupak, who votes for this healthcare bill can no longer call themselves ‘pro-life.’ The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund will not endorse, or support in any capacity, any Member of Congress who votes for this bill in any future election. Now through Election Day 2010, these representatives will learn that votes have consequences. The SBA List Candidate Fund will work tirelessly to help defeat Members who support this legislation and make sure their constituents know exactly how they voted. We will actively seek out true pro-life candidates to oppose Members who vote ‘yes’ on this bill, whether it be in general or primary elections. For these Members, it will be a quick downhill slide to defeat in November."
See what others are saying about Stupak’s turncoat cowardice at Memeorandum.