Lieber­man camp hits ex­pul­sion at­tempts

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Charles Hurt

The­cam­paign of Sen. JoeLieber­manon Aug. 22 de­scribed ef­forts to have Mr. Lieber­man kicked out of the Demo­cratic Party “Soviet-style tac­tics” and“dirty po­lit­i­cal tricks at its worst.”

“Th­ese are Soviet-style tac­tics,” Lieber­man cam­paign spokesman Dan Ger­stein said.

A group of peace ac­tivists has asked the New Haven regis­trar to strip the three-term Con­necti­cut Demo­crat of his decades-long party as­so­ci­a­tion now that he’s run­ning for Se­nate as an in­de­pen­dent.

The ac­tivists say they are work­ing in­de­pen­dently of Ned La­mont, the anti-war­can­di­date­whode­feated Mr. Lieber­man in the Demo­cratic pri­mary ear­lier this month.

“The La­mont cam­paign had noth­ing to do with this,” said La­mont cam­paign man­ager Tom Swan. “We didn’t even know the law they were quot­ing. All our work is fo­cused on beat­ing Joe Lieber­manon Novem­ber 7.”

The group cited a state statute that al­lows for party af­fil­i­a­tion to be “stricken or ex­cluded” for two years if a can­di­date runs for of­fice in a dif­fer­ent party, the NewHaven In­de­pen­dent re­ported Aug. 21.

The regis­trar is re­view­ing the com­plaint.

Mr. Lieber­man, who leads Mr. La­mont by 12 points in a re­cent statewide poll, says de­spite his in­de­pen­dent sta­tus he plans to re­main part of the Demo­crat­ic­cau­cus in the Se­nate.

Lieber­man cam­paign man­ager Sherry Brown called the at­tack on Mr. Lieber­man’s party af­fil­i­a­tion “dirty po­lit­i­cal tricks at its worst, rank­ing up there with the out­ra­geous tac­tics that Kather­ine Har­ris and the Repub­li­can­sused in 2000 in Florida to stop all the votes from be­ing counted.”

The Lieber­man cam­paign also has flashed its in­de­pen­dent col­ors with two re­cent hires.

Repub­li­can poll­ster Neil Ne­w­house has signed on to be the cam­paign’s poll­ster. A part­ner at Pub­lic Opin­ion Strate­gies, Mr. Ne­w­house has worked for Con­necti­cut Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Rick San­to­rum of Penn­syl­va­nia and Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney, all Repub­li­cans.

Henry Lowen­dorf, one of the pro­test­ers who wants Mr. Lieber­man kicked out of the party, told re­porters that Mr. Lieber­man can’t be both an in­de­pen­dent and a Demo­crat.

“He shouldn’t call him­self a Demo­crat while he’s run­ning against the bona fide Demo­crat,” he said. “He’s run­ning against the can­di­date the Demo­cratic Party chose in a vote. He should be out.”

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