Lieberman critic switches from Democrat party to “CT for Lieberman” party, and takes over the party

Senator Joe Lieberman may have won the election as an independent, but there’s no doubt in anyone’s minds outside of the Nutroots that the guy is a solid Democrat and that he will, of course, caucus with the Dems.

That knowledge, however, has not stopped some of the Democratic party’s more intolerant members from being outraged enough – over the fact that Lieberman strayed from the party line on Iraq and outfoxed the Nutroots in the fall election – to take over the party Lieberman created in his bid to retain his Senate seat. The AP reports:

HARTFORD, Conn. — The party Sen. Joe Lieberman created to mount his independent re-election campaign has been seized by one of his critics, and the secretary of state’s office said Wednesday that it won’t challenge the takeover.

After the senator’s Nov. 7 victory under the Connecticut for Lieberman Party banner, John Orman switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Connecticut for Lieberman and voted himself chairman.

Orman, a political science professor who ran briefly against Lieberman last year, said only critics, bloggers and anyone named Lieberman can join the party, which he said would be a watchdog of the senator’s actions.

Ted Bromley, a lawyer for the secretary of the state’s office, said it won’t take a stance on the legitimacy of Orman’s leadership. He said the issue could be settled by a judge, but only if it’s challenged in court.


Orman had bitterly protested Lieberman’s creation of the party, saying it was a ploy to secure a better position on the ballot. In Connecticut, minor party candidates are listed on the ballot before unaffiliated party candidates.

Orman said he hopes to keep the Connecticut for Lieberman party active and endorse a Senate candidate in 2010.

Oh I sure hope so. I’d so love to see another Nutroots effort at winning Lieberman’s seat in 2010 (assuming he runs again). I enjoyed watching last year’s Nutroots meltown so much that I’d look forward to a repeat.

Hat tip: ST reader Mahwah

Update: ST reader Dana points out that Lieberman won’t actually be up for reelection until 2012 (glad to see his brain’s functioning tonight because mine sure isn’t) but that Chris Dodd will. Either way, I hope the moonbats in CT try their (bad) luck again in 2010 at capturing a Senate seat.

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