Monday, July 10, 2006

A(nother) Connecticut Party

Strikingly original.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman filed paperwork Monday that will allow him to collect signatures to petition his way onto the November ballot if he loses an August primary.
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Lieberman also filed papers with the secretary of the state's office Monday to create a new party called Connecticut for Lieberman. (Haigh)

What? Not going for the Working Families Party cross-endorsement? Didn't want to revive A Connecticut Party?

At least his party name is very descriptive.

Source

Haigh, Susan. "Lieberman campaign files forms to run as petitioning candidate." Associated Press 10 July, 2006.

16 comments:

BRubenstein said...

I thought Joe was a Democrat? I guess not anymore....all democrats should be offended by what he just did.

BRubenstein said...

I thought Joe was a Democrat? I guess not anymore....all democrats should be offended by what he just did.

BRubenstein said...

I thought Joe was a Democrat? I guess not anymore....all democrats should be offended by what he just did.

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

B-Rube, friend.

You gotta have an affiliation name- if he put "Democrat" in the name, you'd be crying about copyright infringement, if not figuratively, literally.

Strategically, what matters is that the name begins with "C". That puts it above "Democrat" on the ballot. Not as blatantly as "A Connecticut Party" did. (I always thought the answer to "A Connecticut Party" would have been to run on "A Better Connecticut Party", which would have alphabetically superceded the Weicker-Groark powerhouse.)

The Chief said...

The GOP has flirted with becoming a "brotherhood of the pure" but it seems that the Dems are actually doing it. For all the talk about not eating their own, the D's seem to be fine with it. Even more ironic is that in CT, the Dem will stll win.

MikeCT said...

As always, it's all about Joe.

GMR said...

The order of the parties on the CT ballot has nothing to do with alphabetical order: the Aardvark Lovers party is not first.

Section 9-249a says that the #1 slot goes to the party that got the highest number of votes in the last governor election. This would be the Republicans. Then it goes down in order of governor votes. Alphabetical only helps in the list of minor parties without a governor candidate in the last election, and petitioning candidates. Lieberman is still below R and D candidates, and I don't know if any minor parties ran last time that will run someone again this time.

cgg said...

I thought he'd got for WFP as well. It makes a hell of a lot more sense than a party for the sole purpose of electing Joe, and if he actually won he'd be a hero in a growing party.

I guess Joementum was rejected as a party name.

The True Gentleman said...

We discussed the positioning of where Lieberman would be on the ballot at my most recent town committee meeting. If Joe goes it alone, in all likelihood he will be the FIFTH name down on the ballot...Pretty scary for him, I would think

ct_husky said...

Rough day for the Senator. All this about the new party name (which, I must say, I got a damn good laugh over), and on top of all that his campaign event in Stamford didn't go exactly as planned. For anyone who hasn't read about the even yet, thank Maura at MLN for one hell of a story.
http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=2017
Interesting addendum to the "missed train" by Senator Biden:
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060709/NEWS/607090347/1006

Just when you thought this race couldn't get any more ridiculous...

ct_husky said...

My apologies for those links, my HTML skills are lacking to say the very least...

citizen1 said...

The name Lieberman chose show it is all about him. He did not have to even choose party name. He will be at least forth on the ballot. No other parties ran candidates in 2002. There will be a Concerned Citizens Candidate for Senate. Alphabetically concerned is before Connecticut.

justavoter said...

Frankly speaking this is better then Saturday Night Live its Leiberman Live .

What next ? Will Lieberman buy alot of land and become his own State of the Union ?
Stayed Tuned for more from Lieberman Live the best comedy show in Connecticut all Lieberman all the time.

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

I'd stand corrected, if I could stand.

I realize now that the Weicker-Groark ticket in 1990 was playing for the #3 slot.

Though Bruce Morrison's positioning didn't save him from nearly destroying the party.

Chris MC said...

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this, and maybe I'm wrong, but I think there is more method to this apparent madness.

By registering a political party, Lieberman can now cross-endorse candidates running on other lines, preserving a measure of his influence as he spends his money perhaps. And whom will he cross-endorse in the General? Democrats.

This is shaping up to be good, albeit it in a most unconventional way, for those cross-endorsed candidates. Anybody remember the year "A Connecticut Party" took flight?

Heh. One shouldn't underestimate Joe Lieberman.

I'm just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

"Connecticut for Lieberman" seems pretty wildly optimistic at this point. I have an alternative suggestion: Joe for Joe. More concise, and more reflective of Lord Lieberman's situation in 2006.