James Amman has BETRAYED the Democratic Party in Connecticut.
From WTNH-8 TV (Hartford-AP, Aug. 14, 2006 1:35 PM)
Not all Connecticut Democratic leaders are turning their backs on Senator Joe Lieberman and his independent bid for re-election.Awwww, so did Ned hurt your widdle feelings because you weren't at the top of his speed-dial list, James? Are you saying that you're the kind of politician who will give your endorsement to whichever candidate sufficiently strokes your overblown ego?
Connecticut House Speaker James Amman of Milford is sticking by Lieberman. He says Lieberman has called him three times since last Tuesday's primary asking him for support. Amman says he has not heard anything from Ned Lamont, the Greenwich businessman who won the primary.
Is THAT what you're saying here, James?
Amman says he understands some Democrats who are now backing Lamont may take issue with his endorsement of Lieberman. But he says there are times when you stand with a friend no matter what the political costs are.Gosh James, it's kind of sad the way you're willing to throw away the will of the Democratic Voters of Connectict, (a group of people who have treated you fairly well and allowed you to climb to heights you probably never dreamed of) simply for what you call "friendship".
What a guy. I'd really like you to back me up if I get into a bar fight; or if you're playing on my softball team and you make a game saving play. That's being a "friend". A good friend.
But to actively BETRAY the WILL OF THE VOTERS, that's not being a friend. That's being a PROBLEM.
Jim, could it be that you're so bold because you AREN'T being challenged for your seat this year here in our district? You are pretty much assured of another two years of living high on the hog, courtesy of that very Democratic Party that you so casually tossed aside today.
I guess you're feeling pretty confident, aren't you, Jim?
He says he's not going to be alone. He believes there will be other Democrats, town chairmen and union leaders who will come forward to back Lieberman.Hey, I'm sure Benedict Arnold wasn't the ONLY guy to shift his loyalties during the American Revolution, but we sure know how well THAT turned out for them!
Jim, as a voter in your district, and someone who's given his support to you several times over the years, I'd just like to say one thing.
You're no longer welcome.
Because James, your behaviour will encourage Joe Lieberman to continue his doomed campaign to hold onto his Senate seat as if it was a God-given right, and will further fracture our DEMOCRATIC party and severely harm the chances we have here in Connecticut to gain THREE ADDITIONAL HOUSE SEATS.
But you go ahead and take care of your friends, Jim. That's what REALLY counts; not the will of the voters.
And if you don't remember your actions today Jim, don't worry...we will.