June 14, 2006


Lieberman weighing run as independent (SUSAN HAIGH, 6/14/06, Associated Press)

Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman, warily watching his primary challenger advance in the polls, must soon decide whether to start collecting signatures for a possible independent bid this November.

Lieberman's campaign contends that it's focused only on winning the Aug. 8 primary, but the Democrat has not ruled out petitioning his way onto the November ballot as part of a backup plan to secure a fourth term in the Senate.

"I am not going to close out any options," the senator recently told reporters.

Lieberman has until Aug. 9 — the day after the Democratic primary — to collect 7,500 signatures from registered voters to gain a spot on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate. [...]

The poll found that if Lieberman runs as an independent, he would win with 56 percent of the vote, compared to 18 percent for Lamont and 8 percent for Republican Alan Schlesinger. Lieberman enjoys higher ratings among Republicans and unaffiliated voters than Democrats, the poll found. Unaffiliated voters are the state's largest bloc of voters, followed by Democrats and then Republicans.

John McCain, Karl Rove, the President, Bill Frist, Liddy Dole, etc., ought to show him the love and get him to run as a member of the party that likes him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 14, 2006 6:22 PM

Speak for yourself.

Posted by: erp at June 14, 2006 6:39 PM

Don't want him, he sways w/the breeze.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 14, 2006 7:53 PM

Exactly, the wind is in our sails for this seven decades.

Posted by: oj at June 14, 2006 8:12 PM

As much as I think Lieberman's overhyped, it would be terrifically amusing for him to run and be reelected as an Independent and then hold the balance of power in organizing the next Senate Definitely a Nelson Muntz moment for the Dems. (Which is why I'm also willing to forgive Chaffee as long has his vote really matters and he doesn't pull a Jeffords. On the other hand, if the GOP is set to gain a few seats, time to dump him overboard...)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 14, 2006 8:34 PM

Even better--he could be the 60th seat and be the one who privatizes Social Security.

Posted by: oj at June 14, 2006 8:37 PM