HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 21 -- Critics of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman's independent run to keep his job attacked on two fronts Monday, with one group asking an elections official to throw him out of the Democratic Party and a former rival calling on state officials to keep his name off the November ballot.
Staffers for the senator from Connecticut, who lost the Aug. 8 Democratic primary to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, called both efforts dirty politics. The senator filed as an independent candidate a day after the loss, running under the new Connecticut for Lieberman Party.
A group whose members describe themselves as peace activists asked Sharon Ferrucci, Democratic registrar of voters in New Haven, to remove Lieberman from the party, arguing that he cannot be a Democrat while running under another party's banner.
"The law is pretty clear he is no longer a member of the Democratic Party in good standing," said group leader Henry Lowendorf. "There was an open vote, and he was voted out. He joined a different party."
Ferrucci said she would research the request, the first of its kind in her two decades on the job.
Lieberman is pro-Bush and pro-illegal-war, no matter how much he has changed his tune in recent days. He got slapped silly by his defeat in the primary and has seen the handwriting on the wall. He is changing his rhetoric to try and keep his cushy job. He is no longer even a semblance of a Democrat and has effectively renounced the party. The Repugs endorse him. Remember.
Rhymes with "November".