DSCC may back Lieberman even if he loses primary
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Wednesday June 14, 2006
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) won't rule out Campaign backing of Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) should he fail to win his state party nomination in the primary, according to the Hotline on Call blog at National Journal.
Schumer said the Dem primary voters want winners and are focused one electability. He couldn't resist adding even "in 2008," which pricked the ears of reporters who thought he was sending a message about the relative electability of Hillary Clinton. (He wasn't, apparently.)
Schumer said that the DSCC "fully supports" Sen. Joe Lieberman in his primary bid, and he refused to rule out continuing that support if Lieberman were to run as an independent.
There were degrees of independence, Schumer said. "You can run as an independent, you can run as an independent Democrat who pledges to vote for Harry Reid as Majority Leader."
Schumer said he had neither sought nor recieved assurances from Lieberman that an independent bid would not ensue if Ned Lamont tightened the noose.
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