Sen. Joe Lieberman, who won re-election as an independent, has a message for his Senate colleagues in the next Congress: Call me a Democrat.I don't know what to call him, to be quite honest. A few things come to mind. I can't be critical of Don McLeary jumping parties to the GOP and then say this is alright. I just can't. There just seems something very dishonest about this. But then again, we are talking politics. I may be short-sighted, but he didn't win the primary and then he wins the election as an indie and then he says he's a democrat. For the dems, this is probably good news, but I still think it's sorta shady. Talk amongst yourselves.
The three-term Connecticut lawmaker defied party leaders when he launched his independent bid after losing to Democrat Ned Lamont in the August primary. During the campaign, he vowed to be an "independent-minded Democrat" if he were re-elected. In Tuesday's election, Lieberman won strong GOP support and given the closely divided Senate, Republicans are expected to court him.
So will he count as a Democrat or an independent who caucuses with the majority Democrats? In an e-mail message late Thursday, Lieberman spokesman Dan Gerstein said the senator will begin his new term as a Democrat.
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