Disclosure: I worked for the Lamont campaign doing web design and production and some writing for the official blog (from 9/5/06 to 11/07/06).
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Tuesday Mid-Day Roundup
- In addition to skipping out on crucial Iraq votes for years, Sen. Lieberman also had the audacity yesterday to dismiss the Senate Intelligence Committee's new report on Iraq intelligence failures as being a "historic" document, (before being "hustled away by aides," that is...):
Lieberman, who is in the middle of a tough election fight with Democratic candidate Ned Lamont, said the report’s conclusion "will be part of the historic judgment on what happened before, but as a policy maker and elected leader, I am focused on the fact that al-Qaida is there now."
When asked if the decision to go to war with Iraq had a bearing on members of al-Qaida now operating in that country, Lieberman said: "I’m not going to get into that today."...
Lieberman made his remarks, before being hustled away by aides, after he spoke at a ceremony at the Old State House to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Does this sound like a "principled" politician? Or one truly interested in holding the Bush administration accountable?
- From the Stuff Everyone Already Knows But Dan Gerstein Still Denies Department: Joe has been raking in money from Republican D.C. lobbyists:
Beaten in Primary, Lieberman Turns to Lobbyists for Help
"Sen. Joe Lieberman (?-Conn.) increasingly has been relying on Washington, D.C., lobbyists — Republicans as well as Democrats — to help him hang on to his seat.
"Though it won’t be known until mid-October how much money Lieberman has or will have raised from Republicans since his August primary loss, GOP lobbyists clearly are eager to help him.
"Take, for example, an invitation to an upcoming Lieberman fundraiser circulated by Ruth Ravitz Smith, a GOP lobbyist at Brown Rudnick.
"'I hope that you will join me in demonstrating your support for Senator Lieberman’s campaign for the US Senate,' Smith wrote in the e-mail. 'This will be the only major event for the Senator in Washington this fall. Please help spread the word to colleagues, clients and friends.'
Dan Gerstein denied that his boss was receiving "significant" Republican funding just this past weekend:
Gerstein also vowed to personally investigate the matter of Republican contributions to the Lieberman campaign, saying he didn't think the senator had "taken a significant amount of money from registered Republicans."
- I know I join with many in the CT blogosphere in sending my sincerest condolences to Colin McEnroe and his family. Tim says it best about Colin's recent intensely personal and deeply moving writing:
He invited us inside his personal life, and passion in his voice and quality of his writing made it easy to accept the invitation.