The Last Straw: Lieberman Campaigns For Republicans In Connecticut

It is time to strip Joe Lieberman of his seniority and his party affiliation. There can now be now doubt that he is actively undermining Democratic attempts to take over Congress, and that he is overtly the Republican nominee. Jane writes:Because nobody could have predicted it -- Joe Lieberman will be campaigning with GOP candidates Jodi Rell and Rob Simmons today at the Groton sub base (the one that Holy Joe claims to have singlehandedly saved). Simmons, you'll remember, is the GOP candidate running against Democrat Joe Courtney for one of those hotly contested Connecticut House seats. You know, the ones where the Democrat is supposed to be helped by Lieberman's indy bid, right? Joe Lieberman is now actively supporting Republicans for important seats in Congress. He is now actively opposing the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, Governor in Connecticut, and the second congressional district of Connecticut. Joe Lieberman wants Republicans to hold Congress. Joe Lieberman is actively trying to make sure that Republicans maintain Congress. It does not matter what he says anymore--he is clearly working with Republican candidates. This serves as grounds for removing his seniority, and as grounds for stripping him of his party affiliation.

Joe Lieberman is doing this because the only way he can win this election is both to receive at least 60% support among Republicans, and to have high Republican turnout (see here and here). Since both propositions are sketchy, he can't simply hope they will happen on their own. This is why he never condemns Republican polarizers. In order to get high Republican support and high Republican turnout, he has to actively appeal to Republicans, support their candidates, and turn out Republican voters. This will have a highly destructive effect on Democratic chances to retake Congress this year.

Enough is enough. It is time for Democrats in D.C. to take action in response to this. Tell them that.

Contact the DSCC about this: (202) 224-2447 or
Contact the DCCC about this: (202) 863-1500
You can contribute to Ned Lamont here, and Joe Courtney here.

Tags: CT-2, CT-Gov, CT-Sen, Governor's 2005-6, House 2006, Joe Lieberman, Republcians, Senate 2006 (all tags)



There is probably a deal in place...

...between Reid and Lieberman that says Reid will not strip Joe's assignments as long as he pledges to vote for Reid as majority leader should he win.

It's the only plausible explanation to me as to why the Dem leadership has largely sat on its hands through this whole thing.

by dwbh 2006-08-24 08:45AM | 0 recs
Re: There is probably a deal in place...

I don't think there's a deal between them. I think everything depends on how Lamont is doing in the pols. As long as Lieb has a chance Reid is caught between a rock and a hard place. If he pulled liebs assignments etc he risks Lieb jumping ship if he is elected. Based on his behavior I would put it past him to jump over to the dark side. I think reid is doing the only thing he can in this situation, unfortunately. By the way I am not in favor of this I would prefer for reid to step up and strib lie--ber naked.

by eddieb 2006-08-24 08:58AM | 0 recs
I'm with you

Personally, I think if Reid pulls Joe's assignments now, the reward of Dems showing some backbone will energize races everywhere else, and will more than outweigh the risk of Joe caucusing with the GOP if he's elected.

by dwbh 2006-08-24 09:44AM | 0 recs
Re: There is probably a deal in place...

Wasn't there a "supposed" deal between Bill Clinton and Joe Lieberman that said that Clinton agreed to campaign for Joe only if he agreed to drop out of the senate race if he lost the primary? I suppose that worked

by rosebowl 2006-08-24 09:11AM | 0 recs

We wanted Clinton to make that a condition for campaigning for Joe, but who knows if that deal was actually struck (likely not).

by dwbh 2006-08-24 09:40AM | 0 recs
Re: The Last Straw: Lieberman Campaigns For Republ

I pray Lamont's team is all over this outrageous act of betrayal! In a way it could the act that will sink him in the minds of Dems and Independents. There's no hiding or denial Lie-berman is a REPUGLICAN.

by eddieb 2006-08-24 08:51AM | 0 recs
Re: The Last Straw: Lieberman Campaigns For Republ

Call Harry Reid's office at 202-224-3542 and ask them what they think of Joe Lieberman's campaigning for Republican Congressional candidates Rell and Simmons in Groton, Connecticut today, and if Reid intends to do anything about it.

Oh, and let Nancy Pelosi know what's going on, too:  202-225-4965.  I'm sure she'll be thrilled to death to find out that Holy Joe's campaigning for GOP Congresscritter candidates.

by Phoenix Woman 2006-08-24 09:12AM | 0 recs
Call Pelosi -- here's her #

Do let Nancy Pelosi know what's going on, too:  202-225-4965.

I'm sure she'll be just thrilled to death to find out that Holy Joe's campaigning for GOP Congresscritter candidates.  

If Reid won't listen to us, he'll listen to her.

by Phoenix Woman 2006-08-24 09:13AM | 0 recs
Re: The Last Straw: Lieberman Campaigns For Republ

So The Honorable Senator Lieberman (con-lie) showed up at a campaign stop in Groton.

A lot of employees of federal contractors are very interested in what pols have to say.  When there's a public event for campaigns we expect just about everyone to show up.  

And now we're supposed to be upset that Joe is actually getting out to see the people.  

I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Simons and Rell will also be at the event.  That doesn't prove that Lieberman (con-lie) is campaigning for them.

Even a bad senator wouldn't campaign for Simmons in the one seat we still have a pretty good chance at (CT-2) in spite of the Lieberman campaign's work to turn out Republicans in the other two races.  He couldn't expect to hold on to any of his Dem support if he were really working with Simmons.

by ChetEdModerate 2006-08-24 09:20AM | 0 recs

Do you have a link? (Not that I doubt you, but I'd like to read more).

by dwbh 2006-08-24 09:41AM | 0 recs
Lieberman Campaigns with Simmons

Rell is one thing, but Courtney v Simmons in CT-02 has been one of the Party's ten top pick-up targets since before the cycle began. When the DCCC revved up the website for the 2006 cycle, it had 2 slates on it - 10 vulnerable incumbents, and 10 target red-held seats. CT-02 was on the latter.

Maybe Rahm Emmanuel will go after the lingering party props for the turncoat. He has some clout in that wing of the party.

We just cannot have this. We had strong hopes for CT-02 and CT-04, from the beginning of the cycle, and were watching CT-05 with our fingers crossed. And now, just as new polls numbers show CT-05 narrowing, the incumbent Selficrat Senator stabs us in the back in CT-02!

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-24 09:55AM | 0 recs
All Hands on Deck in CT-02, then!

CT-02 isn't on the combined Netroots ActBlue page
because we thought all Democrats, present, former, and future understood
that it was a top-tier, front-and-center, absolutely key contest for the 2006 cycle.

Show what you think of Lieberman's betrayal.
Find an ActBlue page that's supporting Courtney. One is at: -pac-incumbents?refcode=myddjoestab

but there are a lot of them, because all Democrats
are supposed to know that race is critically important!

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-24 10:06AM | 0 recs
False Alarm -- Dog cries 'WOLF!"?

The apparent basis for FireDogLake's claim is Lieberman's attendance at a "save the base" meeting re BRAC-threatened Groton sub base.

Of course Lieberman will attend, and other relevant elected officials (Gov, US Rep) will attend likewise.

If Lamont were in office, he'd be there.

And when he's asked, that's what he'll have to say ... emphatically.

by RonK Seattle 2006-08-24 10:07AM | 0 recs
Completely missing the point

The fact that in this highly partisan contest, Lieberman chose to appear at an event with highly partisan Republicans tells you he endorsed the Republicans. He could care less about giving the Republicans cover.

Sen. Chris Dodd would never find himself campaigning in late August with Republicans if the shoe was on the other foot.

Lieberman knows exactly what he is doing - shoring up his Republican base.

by rosebowl 2006-08-24 10:51AM | 0 recs
Re: False Alarm -- Dog cries 'WOLF!"?

Nothing's stopping Lamont from attending anyway. They'd probably invite him to speak if he did. But he isn't, because he doesn't want to implicitly support the other Republicans there.

If you can show me that other Dem candidates for federal office will be there, that would validate your point, but AFAIK, that's not the case.

by dwbh 2006-08-24 11:20AM | 0 recs
Lamont probably not invited

And there's the point. This was an event for public officials -- not candidates. Dodd was out of the state, Blumenthal did attend.

Extended discussion in the debunker thread here.

by RonK Seattle 2006-08-24 03:21PM | 0 recs
why the surprise?

lieberman campaigned for bush in florida in november 2004, saying "bush is better for israel."

by wu ming 2006-08-24 10:19AM | 0 recs
Re: really?

That's one part of it, but the question is did this come as a result of a deal where Lieberman agreed to caucus with Dems should he win, or did Reid do this out of the goodness of his heart?

by dwbh 2006-08-24 11:17AM | 0 recs
Re: False Alarm -- Dog cries 'WOLF!"?


Lieberman's the only alleged Democrat in sight at this function.  And it's no coincidence that the two Republicans, Rell and Simmons, are trying for Congressional seats.

by Phoenix Woman 2006-08-24 11:31AM | 0 recs
Re: The Last Straw: Lieberman Campaigns For Republ

I think this is all wrong. probably. it is not a campaign stop. the uproar may be misguided.

I am not comfortable at all with the way this appearance was originally presented.

by shermandem 2006-08-24 11:39AM | 0 recs
Here's the scoop

Here's the scoop::

A message was posted last night at the blog of Democratic challenger Ned Lamont, who bested Lieberman in the  August 8 Democratic primary, indicating that Lieberman would campaign today with Republican Governor Jodi Rell and Republican Congressman Rob Simmons, both of whom are up for re-election.  Jane Hamsher at the blog Fire Dog Lake added that the campaign event would occur at a submarine base in the city of Groton.

Coverage by the Associated Press refers to the event as a "strategy session" to keep the base off the list of military facilities facing closure.

No mention of DEMOCRATIC SENATOR Chris Dodd or any of the Democrats in Connecticut's Congresssional delegation, so they must not have been invited when Lieberman, Rell and Simmons planned this shindig.  

By the way, if the Groton base is allegedly in dire danger of being closed -- the supposed reason for this photo-op of Joe's -- then how come the Navy just started building a $600 million housing complex there last year?

Groton -- The Navy and a contractor broke ground on a housing complex Wednesday that represents the first step in developing more than $600 million of new and renovated units in the Northeast that officials predicted will be popular with sailors.
GMH will spend more than $600 million over the next six years in Navy communities stretching from Lakehurst, N.J., to Brunswick, Maine. In Groton, it will build 122 new three- and four-bedroom townhouses on the former Nautilus III North, replacing 124 three-bedroom units; 119 homes for senior enlisted people and officers in Dolphin Gardens; and 44 three- and four-bedroom townhouses on the former Cherry Circle mobile home park. All the projects are slated to be finished by next spring.

In addition, 427 units in Nautilus Park, Conning Towers and Polaris Park will be renovated, with new kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms, as well as new lighting, flooring, paint and carpets.

by Phoenix Woman 2006-08-24 11:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Here's the scoop

I believe the reason for the gathering is that this is the one year anniversary of 'saving' the base and Lieberman, et al, are the responsible agents.

Whether it's, in fact, political, I don't know - but I wouldn't put anything past Lieberman.  If nothing else, we know he loves the limelight.

by Ripley 2006-08-24 02:37PM | 0 recs
No Dodd, No Blumenthal -- ONLY Lieberman

Neither Chris Dodd nor Connecticut AG Richard Blumenthal were at the Groton GOP photo-op.

And Blumenthal's been a longtime backer of the Groton sub base.  If this were really about saving the sub base from imminent doom, and not a GOP/Lieberman campaign photo-op, wouldn't Dodd and Blumenthal -- at the VERY least -- be there, too?

by Phoenix Woman 2006-08-24 02:26PM | 0 recs


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