Democrats and Republicans in Norwalk were honking horns in support of Senator Joe Lieberman and Jodi Rell, who each made campaign stops in Norwalk on Wednesday. Lieberman stopped at Swanky Franks, greeted diners and held a brief press conference to thank Norwalk Democratic Common Councilmen for their support along with Brian Petronella of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and Pete Carozza of the International Association of Firefighters Union along with CWA 371 leader Nick Palko.
Lieberman thanked his supporters and promised to “build the kind of relationships to that can produce for the people of our state.”
Noting the many Norden workers in attendance, Lieberman provided an anecdote about the Norden/Nothrup plant, located in Norwalk. According to Lieberman, a few years ago after the plant was acquired there was talk to move it to Baltimore. Lieberman worked with Palko to convince Northrup to keep the plant in Norwalk and the 500 jobs.
“We all have common values and shared hopes for a better future” Lieberman said.
Brian Lockhardt, of the Norwalk Advocate asked a question about the ever changing situation in Iraq and how Lieberman’s position on Iraq has changed.
Lieberman opened with campaign rhetoric, stating somewhat defiantly that instead of letting Ned Lamont define his position on Iraq, he’d define it. His tone softened as he explained, since the start of the general election, “I have been willing to be more critical of the what the administration has been doing in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam.”
After citing some examples, he continued. “What are we going to do now? Leave or try different ways to succeed to get the job done. The Ned Lamont withdrawal by a deadline proposal got 13 votes in the senate the last time it came up.”
Lieberman joked that Lamont would make it 14 if he were elected, then summarized his position.
“I’ll actually be in a position as a senior member of the armed services committee with the credibility to work across party lines to work to try to put together a consensus, you might say among the other 87 who didn’t vote for an immediate pull out. To improve what we are doing and put pressure on the Iraqi’s, we are not going to stay there forever. They’ve got to assume control of their own security and their own destiny.”
Jodi Rell and Chris Shays were on hand at the Volk Fire Station up the road around the same time. Firefighters stood in dress uniforms and waved at passing cars. More on this event in a later post.