DANBURY -- One week after the election, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz repeated her call for a "sore loser law" that would essentially prevent a politician that loses a primary from being on the ballot again in the general election.
Just before speaking to students at Western Connecticut State University today, Bysiewicz said it would be part of her legislative package in 2007.
If such a law had it been in effect this year, it would have stopped U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman from running as an independent after he lost the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont.
This proposal would not affect write-in candidates, Bysiewicz said, such as Waterbury Mayor Mike Jarjura, who was re-elected as a write-in candidate in 2005 after first losing the Democratic primary.
Putting aside Lamont and Lieberman for a moment is this law a good idea? I'm inclined to say that it is. Some would argue that unaffiliated voters don't get to vote in primaries, but if it's that important they could always sign up with one. When you choose to register as an unaffiliated voter you're also choosing not to participate in a primary for any party.
What do you think?
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