U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, declaring he is not ready to give up his seat, said Monday he will not run for governor and will instead begin circulating petitions for a 10th term in his 31-county district that includes all of the Upper Peninsula and 16 counties in the Lower Peninsula.
Stupak said "a lot of people" subsequently told him "it's the right place, the right time" for him to run for the office that on occasion "has been in the back of my mind."
But, in a phone interview before his formal announcement, Stupak said he concluded there was not enough time to raise the necessary money and otherwise mount a primary campaign. He estimated the ideal goal would be about $5 million, although $3.5 million might be enough.
Thanks for playing, Bart. You can go back to undermining the party in DC now.