Sen. Joe Lieberman will start gathering signatures for a run as an "independent Democrat" should he lose to Ned Lamont in August, the Hartford Courant is reporting:
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is to announce today he will petition for a place on the November ballot as an "independent Democrat," giving him a chance to stay alive politically should he lose an Aug. 8 primary for the Democratic nomination.
Lieberman began making courtesy calls to leading Democrats late this morning. (Pazniokas)
Lieberman needs to collect 7,500 signatures by August 9th.
Doing this three days before the debate is like handing Ned Lamont a bat with a nail through it and saying, "Here. Club me with this."
It also suggests that Lieberman is really not all that interested in what Democratic primary voters have to say. What, exactly, is an "independent Democrat" anyway? A Democrat who isn't a Democrat?
No matter how he tries to spin it, this is not where Joe Lieberman wanted to be right now.
Pazniokas, Mark. "Lieberman To Start Petition Drive." Hartford Courant 3 July, 2006.