Lieberman: Don't List Me as a Democrat
by Jonathan Singer, Fri Jan 19, 2007 at 09:03:36 AM EST
Congressional Quarterly (sorry, no link available) has the story:
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman wants to be called an Independent Democrat -- "capital I, capital D," he has specified. But many official records and most press accounts have been describing him either as a Democrat, his party by registration, or an independent, a reflection of the fact that he won his fourth Senate term from Connecticut last fall on his own ballot line. And last week, his office said that, if his compound modifier of choice was not acceptable, Lieberman wants to be pegged as an independent, and no longer a Democrat.
"If you're not going to go with `ID,' we strongly feel that you should go with `I,' because he was elected as an independent," said Lieberman's new chief spokesman, Marshall Wittmann. "He still considers himself a Democrat, but the better reflection of his elected position is that he's an independent."
The issue was forced when the Senate held its first roll calls of the 110th Congress and the secretary of the Senate's official tally labeled Lieberman as an `I.' News organizations, including the Associated Press and Congressional Quarterly, then pressed the senator's office for an explanation. [emphasis added]
I think this story just about speaks for itself.