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It's party line or nothing for the Dems.

Conn. Democrats delay plan to censure Lieberman

In this April 8, 2008 file photo Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., addresses the Vets For Freedom on Capitol Hill in Washington. Connecticut Democrats are considering whether to ask Sen. Joe Lieberman to leave the party for speaking at the Republicans' convention and backing GOP presidential nominee John McCain. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Sep 24, 2008 - 23:45:18 CDT
By SUSAN HAIGH

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Democrats, angry that Sen. Joe Lieberman is campaigning for the Republican presidential candidate and criticizing his own party's nominee, agreed Wednesday to circulate a resolution to censure the veteran politician but won't consider acting on it until after Election Day.

The state party's central committee Wednesday agreed to send copies of the resolution to every Democratic town committee in the state. The resolution condemns Lieberman for speaking at the Republicans' convention and backing John McCain.

Party officials said the group plans to get input from the town officials and revisit the issue in December.

"When we have someone who is our elected senator, as a Democrat, standing in front of not only a national, but an international audience, speaking in support of Sen. McCain, it was the final straw for me personally," said Audrey Blondin, a 30-year party veteran who helped to put together the resolution.

Lieberman was re-elected to the Senate as an independent after losing the Democratic primary in 2006 to businessman Ned Lamont. While he calls himself an "independent Democrat" in the Senate, he remains a registered Democrat and has said he has no plans to change his party affiliation.

Lieberman was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 and ran for the party's presidential nomination in 2004.

Lieberman and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont have been caucusing with Democrats in Washington, giving the party control of the Senate with what is effectively a 51-49 majority _ even though each party has 49 members. Democrats, in turn, have made Lieberman chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The resolution says Lieberman's actions are "extraordinary disloyalty to countless Connecticut Democrats without whom his career as an elected official would never have been possible" and calls on state Democrats to ask him to resign from the party.

Blondin said Lieberman's speech at the Republican National Convention, in which he praised McCain and criticized Democrat Barack Obama, convinced her that state Democrats needed to take a stand.

"Our point is not that Joe should in some way be prohibited from supporting McCain or speaking at the National Republican Convention. That's not the issue," Blondin said. "The issue is, he's a Democrat. And Joe, in our opinion, needs to reconsider membership in our party."

John Olsen, a party superdelegate at the national convention and former chairman of the Connecticut Democrats, said he's disappointed in Lieberman but questioned the need for a resolution chastising him.

"First of all, Joe's not on the ballot, right? So what you do is you turn around and you elect Obama and you elect as many Democrats as you can," he said. "Joe is supporting someone else. The bigger the votes you turn out, you rebuke Joe that way."

Lieberman, speaking earlier Wednesday to a radio station, said that he was surprised by the move to censure him.

"Honestly, I thought that was the kind of thing that happened only in the former Soviet Union. I understand that people are unhappy, but, you know, I'm doing something that I really believe," Lieberman told WICH-AM. "I thought in this country you don't get punished for that. So, I hope that in the end, my colleagues will understand and life will go on either way."
 

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The party of "Tolerance" is really a zero tolerance group of fanatics.

I cannot for the life of me see how anyone that has any historical knowedge can support the Dems.

I cannot believe how far the Dems have slipped into a socialist marxist point of view even though that has fallen by the wayside everywhere its been tried.

I like Liberman a lot but he has this coming for siding with these people now hes getting the same treatment other reasonable people get from libs.
 

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What happened to the party that supports the 1st amendment? They even supported flag burning, and things like a cross in a bottle of urine, saying it was art. Yes, and tolerance. That's all I hear from the liberals I personally know. Have they become the party of hypocrisy? Oh, wait, you don't need to answer that we all know. :eyeroll:

It's disappointing they have so degraded since about 1965 or maybe it begin earlier.
 

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Hey a few years back Giuliani crossed party lines and endorsed a democratic candidate for Governor on New York. He wasn't censured or asked to resign. He was looking out for the good of his state and what he believed in. On another note, how bad do you think Bill Clinton wants to come out and say he supports McCain? LOL I've watched every interview. I have to say he is a really good speaker. He says things without actually saying them. LOL
 

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So will Bill be the next on the censure list? :D
 

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I don't know what the big deal is on this one…… I have no idea why everyone is so upset with Lieberman for showing his support for a fellow democrat.
and look at the bright sideat least this shows that the whole party isn't going socialist.

LOL
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