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Lieberman aide tells NY Times Senator endorsed all Connecticut House candidates, still hopes they win

Published: Saturday August 26, 2006

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An aide to Joe Lieberman told The New York Times on Saturday that the senator already endorsed all the Democratic candidates for the House in Connecticut and "still hoped" they'd win, although he doesn't expect to be asked to hit the campaign trail for them after his loss in the primary to challenger Ned Lamont.

"Mr. Lieberman, who during three six-year terms became a Democratic stalwart in Connecticut, acknowledges that his independent campaign has placed him and his former Democratic allies in a predicament," reports Jennifer Medina for the Times.

"Indeed, all three of the Democratic Congressional candidates supported him in the primary but have now endorsed Mr. Lamont," the article continues.

On Friday, Lieberman told reporters that he considered himself a "noncombatant" who "not going to be involved in other campaigns," and would remain focused on his own race.

Two paragraphs enclosed in brackets were apparently added to the article after one of Lieberman's aides phoned the paper.

"On Saturday, a Lieberman campaign aide called to offer a clarification for this article," reports the Times. "The aide, Dan Gerstein, said that the senator had endorsed all the Democratic candidates for the House and still hoped they would win."

"Mr. Gerstein said, however, that in light of their endorsement of Mr. Lamont, the senator did not expect the Democrats to ask him to campaign with them this fall," the article continues.

Excerpts from Times article:


As Senator Joseph I. Lieberman begins to mount a vigorous and well-financed re-election campaign as an independent, many Connecticut Democrats say they are worried that his bid could jeopardize their party’s ability to win in three hotly contested House races this fall.

Mr. Lieberman, a centrist Democrat who lost in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary to Ned Lamont, a wealthy businessman, is now running on his own line. With polls showing that many Democrats are eager for a change, Democratic officials say they expect Mr. Lieberman to campaign aggressively to win over Republican and unaffiliated voters.

If he does, Democratic strategists say, he may well attract voters to the polls who are likely to support the state’s three Republicans in Congress: Nancy Johnson, Rob Simmons and Christopher Shays.

“He has a Republican vote, that’s the fact,” said Tom Matzzie, the political director of, a liberal group that is backing Mr. Lamont and the Democratic challengers in the three House races. And those voters, he said, are “likely to vote as Republicans in every race.”