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Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Bass: Aide to Maj. Leader a "Lieberman Party" Founder

Paul Bass reports that Vincent Mauro, Jr., a top aide to State Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney (D), is one of 29 founding members of the "Connecticut for Lieberman" party. But even though Mauro is one of the founders of the party, he doesn't sound too enthusiastic about it:

Mauro, a former alderman for New Haven's Wooster Square neighborhood, was asked if he felt supporting a third-party Lieberman candidacy against a candidate nominated by the Democratic Party presents a conflict with his role in the Democrats' State Senate office.

“No. I’m a Democrat," Mauro said. "I’ve always been a Democrat. How do I feel about it? I have mixed feelings. I’ve known the guy my whole life. In this business, you have loyalty to your party because it’s what you stand for. And you have loyalty to your friends. My father and Joe were best of friends. This is a family thing for me. I’ve known the guy my whole life.

“Was it a little weird? Yeah, but in the end this was friendship.”

So Sen. Lieberman can't even find 29 people in the entire state who are truly supportive of his decision to bolt the party.

As for Mauro's boss, it's clear that he is not at all supportive of Joe's independent run:

“I am supporting Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary. I will be supporting the winner of that Democratic primary," Looney said. "[Lieberman] has a good record over the years, although I disagree with him over the war and other issues. I would not support an independent candidacy.”

Somebody needs to ask Lieberman about his ties to astroturf group Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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