Sunday, June 18, 2006

Courant examines Lieberman's possible independent run

In an article in today's Hartford Courant, staff writer Mark Pazniokas looks at the consequences of Joseph Lieberman running as an independent candidate. The question about how other politicians feel about that possibility is being addressed:
The two Democrats waging a primary for the gubernatorial nomination, John DeStefano Jr. and Dannel P. Malloy, each say their loyalty lies with the Democratic nominee.

Most, if not all, of the congressional nominees are likely to take a similar stance.

Joe Courtney, the Democratic challenger for Congress in the 2nd District, said he will work in November for the Democratic ticket. Sarah Merriam, who is managing Democrat Christopher Murphy's congressional challenge in the 5th District, is on the same page.

"No matter what happens on Aug. 8, Chris and the campaign are supporting the Democratic candidate. We are supporting everybody who is on our line," Merriam said.
Regarding any action by Lieberman to collect signatures for an indie run:
No law bars Lieberman from trying to win the primary and hedge his bets by simultaneously petitioning for a place on the November ballot. But the consensus of a half-dozen campaign professionals interviewed this week was that such a strategy would be foolhardy.
One way or another, the next-day analysis and examination of the debate between Ned Lamont and Joe Lieberman, scheduled for July 6th, may force Lieberman's hand and precipitate his departure from the Democrats.

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