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Thursday, March 30, 2006


Lieberman Now DENIES Ruling Out Independent Run

Lieberman's camp is now claiming Salon's Walter Shapiro was wrong in claiming he had ruled out a run as an independent, according to the Journal Inquirer:

U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, facing a challenge for the state Democratic Party's endorsement and the potential of a primary election in August, reportedly has ruled out running for re-election as an independent.

But a Connecticut political consultant working for Lieberman said today that the writer for the Internet newsmagazine that published that report may have read too much into the senator's response.

"We don't even talk about that because he has no intention of losing the primary," the consultant, Roy Occhiogrosso, said.

... A transcript of the Salon interview provided by Occhiogrosso indicates that Lieberman was responding to a question about whether he ever has days "where you think if you can't be senator you've been, with the kind of style you've approached, you don't want to be a senator?"

"Some people have said to me, 'Why don't you run as an independent? You have broad support across all parties.' Lieberman responded, before adding his comments about belief in the Democratic Party.

Asked if Lieberman was indeed ruling out an independent run should he lose the primary, Occhiogrosso said, "He's been very clear that he is a committed, sensible Democrat."

It's now 100% clear that Lieberman wants to keep open the possibility of running as an Independent. He feels entitled to "his" seat, and intends to keep it, even if that means leaving the party.

The senator owes all Connecticut Democrats a clear answer to this question. It's not that hard.

Are you considering leaving the party and running as an Independent or Republican in November?

Yes or no, Joe?
As always, Joe cares more about himself than about the party to which he allegedly belongs.
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