Lieberman camp hits expulsion attempts
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.”