From the article:
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman said today that he will not withdraw from the Aug. 8 Democratic primary , but he left open the possibility of running in November as a petitioning candidate if he loses the primary.
"I will be in the Democratic primary. I've been a Democrat all my life," he said this morning.
But as in the past, he refused to rule out the option of running as a petitioning candidate should challenger Ned Lamont win the primary.
"If the unexpected happened, do I want to keep open the option of taking my case as an independent Democrat to all the voters of Connecticut so that they can have the last word in November?" Lieberman said. That's an unanswered question, he said.
Lieberman made his remarks today to reporters after addressing the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce.
No big surprise here. The article does a good job looking beyond the primary:
If he does decide to run as a petitioning candidate, Lieberman will need to do more than collect signatures. He will need to reframe his campaign and give voters a persuasive rationale for his quitting the primary - other than a fear that anti-war and anti-Bush activists might deliver it to Lamont.
One problem is that Lieberman has been trying to discredit Lamont, a rich businessman, among Democrats by saying he was a frequent Republican ally while serving as a local official in Greenwich.
But if Lieberman quits the primary and bases his campaign on an appeal to Republicans, unaffiliated voters and conservative Democrats, he suddenly will have to argue that Lamont really is allied with a far-left minority within the Democratic Party.
Well now, that is a serious problem. But then again, Joe has double talked his way through politics...why should that change now?
Lieberman Will Primary, June 19, 2006; MARK PAZNIOKAS, The Hartford Courant