" 'Train Wreck' Sen. Baucus has joined the growing list of politicians retired by the Tea Party Patriots," she said.
Baucus made the comment to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusSebelius on GOP healthcare plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here' Obama's health secretary to be first female president of American University Leaked email: Podesta pushed Tom Steyer for Obama’s Cabinet MORE during a hearing Wednesday.
"I just see a huge train wreck coming down," he said of healthcare reform. "I'm very concerned that not enough is being done so far … Small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect."
The statements reverberated widely and became a rallying cry for Republican lawmakers and other critics of the Affordable Care Act in the last week.
On Tuesday, another Tea Party group sought to raise funds from Baucus's announcement, claiming that conservatives could replace him with the "next Ted CruzTed CruzWith Freedom Caucus dig, Trump masters the media ... again Texas Dem targets Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 What are 'religious liberty' bills really about? MORE and Rand PaulRand PaulWith Freedom Caucus dig, Trump masters the media ... again The Hill's 12:30 Report Pot state Dems want federal regulation of marijuana MORE."
"You might know Sen. Baucus, as he played a key role in shaping President Obama's landmark healthcare law, ObamaCare," Tea Party Express told supporters in an email.
"This is a great opportunity to take this Senate seat."
Baucus is the sixth Senate Democrat to announce his retirement this cycle.