Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman filed paperwork Monday that will allow him to collect signatures to petition his way onto the November ballot if he loses an August primary.
The three-term senator faces a tough Aug. 8 primary challenge from Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. Lieberman, who has been criticized by fellow Democrats for his support of the war in Iraq and a perceived closeness with President Bush, is popular among many unaffiliated and Republican voters in Connecticut.
Lieberman also filed papers with the secretary of the state’s office Monday to create a new party called Connecticut for Lieberman.
Creating a “NEW” party is an overreach and may damage his primary campaign for the Democrat nomination. What is Lieberman thinking?
On the other hand, the GOP is smiling broadly since the best scenario has Lieberman losing the primary and having to run as an “independent” against the Democrat Ned Lamont.
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said Lieberman will be able to secure a higher position on the November ballot by creating a new party rather than petitioning his way on as an individual. Bysiewicz said Lieberman would be fifth on the ballot under the new party, compared with eighth or ninth as an individual.
Ballot position should not be important but this stunt does give Lamont ammunition to tout Lieberman as a self-serving non-Democrat. Will this be a fatal move?
Doubtful, but one wonders who is running his campaign.
Meanwhile, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia was in Hartford yesterday and voiced support for Lieberman.
Lewis says Lieberman is a long-time friend, someone who took a personal risk during the civil rights movement to register southern blacks to vote.
Lewis is predicting Lieberman will defeat Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont.
Lieberman will take a well-deserved shellacking over this decision. I’m sure he will find the 7500 voters necessary to sign the petitions, but even if he wins, he will spend a lot of time living this down.
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