Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) to Retire

LiebermanSenator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) will announce tomorrow he won't seek another term in 2012, the WaPo's Chris Cilliza reports:

"Lieberman's office did not offer any comment on his plans, saying only that he would make an announcement tomorrow in Stamford, Connecticut. 'The Senator's remarks tomorrow will stand on their own,' said a Lieberman spokeswoman…With Lieberman out, the focus will turn to a very tightly contested Democratic primary between Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and Rep. Chris Murphy. Bysiewicz announced her candidacy Tuesday while Murphy was expected to formally enter the race within days. Rep. Joe Courtney has also said he is considering a candidacy."


  1. says

    This should shock no one — he was going to go down no matter what, this is the only way to go down retaining *any* sort of dignity. I’m glad he did a good job on DADT, but that aside, he’s not one of the good guys.

  2. Kyle Sullivan says

    Good riddance to the back-stabbing SOB. It’s nice he helped pass the repeal of DADT, but it does NOT erase his hypocrisy and self-serving actions on everything else he’s ever touched.

  3. candideinnc says

    If you mine for gold long enough, you might come up with a grain or two. His grain was DADT. Thanks for that. Aside from that, you were a useless, back-stabbing, obstructionist, self serving, Zionist, Rethug who did everything he could to undermine meaningful health care reform. Your retirement was 6 years too late.

  4. Ken says

    I haven’t agreed with Joe Lieberman on everything, but he was a great Senatoe when it came to gay issues. DADT repeal probably wouldn’t have happened without his leadership. As for QJ201’s comment about Lieberman costing Gore the election in 2000… Are you serious?!? Gore wouldn’t have even been close in Florida without Lieberman’s help in turning out the Jewish vote.

  5. Ken says

    @Rodney: I agree with you about single payer and the public option, but the DADT repeal was dead before he and Collins pushed for a vote on a stand alone bill. Sorry, but that is the truth.

  6. Justin says

    Lieberman is a total Israel-firster warmongering scum! His repeal of DADT is just for more cannon fodder for more wars.

    Gays and lesbians need equal tax and legal treatment!

  7. says

    Sorry, Ken, but that was just designed to look like the truth. The Dems knew Lieberman was a long shot at re-election unless he started to repair the damage he had done with the health care bill. His first assignment- be the face of DADT repeal. That, and his vote, was all he was. There were 55 Democrats in the Senate who would have done the same had Harry Ried asked them/ directed them to.
    I’m not fooled by this manipulation and I hope not many others are either.

  8. Brad says

    Rodney is correct. Lieberman is a sorry excuse for a Senator and I’m glad to see the back of him. He did a lot of damage to the progressives. DADT repeal support was an effort at trying to rehabilitate his image. It didn’t work. It was too little too late. Faux repeal someday and only if key leaders agree without any timeline or oversight is not a very impressive law anyway.

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