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Joe Lieberman Won’t Seek Re-election

From a conflicted Reuters:

Lieberman won’t seek re-election: aide

By Thomas Ferraro Tue Jan 18, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee who crossed the political aisle to back Republican John McCain in 2008 White House race, plans to announce on Wednesday that we won’t seek re-election next year, a Lieberman aide said late on Tuesday.

Lieberman, 68, bolted the Democratic party to become an independent five years ago but still often sides with his old party. He plans to declare his political intentions for 2012 at a news conference in his home state of Connecticut.

"Senator Lieberman will announce tomorrow that he won’t run for re-election in 2012," said the aide, who asked not to be identified by name.

How much you want to bet Mr. Lieberman still caucuses with the Democrats – just out of habit.

Earlier on Tuesday, Democratic Senator Kent Conrad, 62, who’s led efforts to get the U.S. budget under control, said on Tuesday that he will not run for a sixth term in the Senate in 2012.

"It is more important I spend my time and energy trying to solve these (budget) problems than to be distracted by a campaign for re-election," Conrad said in a statement…

Democratic Party aides said on Tuesday that if Lieberman were to seek a fifth Senate term he would likely be defeated, having angered both Democrats and Republicans in recent years…

Conrad likely would have faced a tough re-election fight in his rural state. Fellow North Dakotan Byron Dorgan, also a Democrat, retired from the Senate last year…

In October, the non-partisan Public Policy Polling put Lieberman’s statewide approval rating at 33 percent, with 54 percent of voters disapproving of him

Mr. Lieberman’s approval numbers are still probably higher than most Democrats. Still, you have to wonder why of these so called ‘moderates’ are leaving Congress? Don’t they want to experience the new civility?

Speaking of which, as we noted back in July of 2006, that bastion of congeniality, the New York Times, refused to endorse Mr. Lieberman for his last Senate run, because he was too bi-partisan:

A Senate Race in Connecticut

Published: July 30, 2006

[T]his primary is not about Mr. Lieberman’s legislative record. Instead it has become a referendum on his warped version of bipartisanship, in which the never-ending war on terror becomes an excuse for silence and inaction. We endorse Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary for Senate in Connecticut….

In fact, speaking of bi-partisanship, the New York Times was proud that it did not endorse a single Republican for Congress in 2006.

But that was then. — And, in truth, it’s still the case now.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Joe Lieberman Won’t Seek Re-election”

  1. proreason says:

    Good. Another opportunity to pick up a seat

  2. TaxedAndSpent says:

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Linda McMahon for Senate 2012…

  3. David says:

    I wonder if Biden will develop some “family health reasons” around 2012. Running a for more moderate democrat or even ‘independent’ VP could improve Obama’s chances. Get a yin yang thing; radical liberal president, moderate liberal hawk VP.

  4. Kytross says:

    Five years ago, when the Democrats kicked Joe out, I took it as the ultimate sign of their single-minded call to obedience and conformity. Not that there weren’t other signs, there’s plenty of evidence, but Joe disagreed on one talking point, and I need to stress it is only a talking point, as all the dems who refused to endorse the Jew from Connecticut had a rather similar voting record on the wars. The wars were and remain his only difference from the party line on anything, and for his 24 years of faithful service to the democratic party, they rewarded Joe by endorsing Ned Lamont.

    I’m just a blue collar schmoe from the poor end of the state, but I’m starting to consider what it would take to make my own run. It’s just idle thought right now, but I haven’t been represented in the Federal Government by someone I voted for since 2008, and I’ve never been represented by a senator I voted for.

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