Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Some Politicians Distancing Selves From Lieberman
The spineless Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has been reluctant to criticize Sen. Joe Lieberman, whose allegiance to the party has been called into question by his "petitioning Democrat" charade of the past few days.
Russ Feingold announced last week that he would not campaign for Lieberman in the primary, but would support whoever wins the August 8 primary--but he was a lonely voice.
Now another prominent Democrat is distancing herself from the incumbent Connecticut Senator:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), a longtime supporter of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, said Tuesday that she will not back the Connecticut Democrat's bid for reelection if he loses their party's primary.
"I've known Joe Lieberman for more than 30 years. I have been pleased to support him in his campaign for reelection, and hope that he is our party's nominee," the former first lady said in a statement issued by aides.
"But I want to be clear that I will support the nominee chosen by Connecticut Democrats in their primary," Clinton added. "I believe in the Democratic Party, and I believe we must honor the decisions made by Democratic primary voters."
Facing a stronger-than-expected Democratic primary challenge from millionaire businessman Ned Lamont and sagging poll numbers because of his support of the Iraq war, Lieberman said Monday he will collect signatures to ensure a ballot spot as an independent for the November election if he loses the Aug. 8 primary.
It was good that she qualified her support for the odious Lieberman, but Sen. Clinton remains the dream choice of Republicans for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008.