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Lieberman hires former Christian Coalition spokesman as new communications director

Brian Beutler and Ron Brynaert
Published: Tuesday November 21, 2006

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Two weeks after winning reelection as an independent due to losing Connecticut's Democratic primary, Joe Lieberman has hired a former spokesman for the Christian Coalition as his new communications director, RAW STORY has learned. The new hiree also formerly served as a senior fellow at the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), a legislative director for the conservative Heritage Foundation, and as communications director to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Fifty-two year old political pundit and activist Marshall Wittmann is very popular with Washington journalists because he often "gives good quote," according to a Washington Post profile from earlier this year.

"He's been a Trotskyite, a union organizer, a lobbyist, a government bureaucrat, a think tank cogitator, an aide to Sen. John McCain and -- despite the fact that he's Jewish -- the official spokesman for the Christian Coalition," Peter Carlson wrote for the Post. "Which raises a perplexing question: Why the hell would anybody listen to the political thoughts of a guy knuckleheaded enough to get mixed up in movements formed by both Leon Trotsky and Pat Robertson?"

Wittmann explained at the time that he may possess "an extra contrarian gene."

A press release issued by Lieberman's office earlier today announced that Wittmann would be taking over for Casey Aden-Wansbury, who resigned as Lieberman's communications director last month to join the Childrenís Defense Fund (CDF), calling him an "ideal captain" due to his "independence and diverse background."

"There is no better person to take the helm during this new time in my Senate career than Marshall," Lieberman said. "Marshall has been a trusted outside advisor to me for some time now and Iím glad he will be bring his experience and wisdom to my staff."

"Those qualities, along with his independence and diverse background, make him the ideal captain of my new Senate Communications team," Lieberman added.

At his blog, Bull Moose, Wittmann has accused liberal and Democratic critics in the blogosphere of comprising "a left wing Cult of Bush Hatred."

"Because in the left wing universe, one must oppose everything the President supports," Wittmann wrote in February. "The truth is that a good part of the left believes that George W. Bush is a greater threat to America than Osama bin Laden."