Republican blitz tries to link nationwide Dems to Lieberman race

Brian Beutler
Published: Thursday August 10, 2006

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Two days after US Senator Joe Lieberman lost his primary bid in Connecticut, Republican Party leadership is seeking to use his defeat—and the more progressive political platform of opponent Ned Lamont—to question Democratic loyalties and political dispositions, RAW STORY has learned.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has issued at least 10 press releases today, many asking whether particular Democrats—including Pennsylvania candidate Bob Casey, Arizona candidate Jim Pederson, Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington, and Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey—will “support fringe candidate Ned Lamont or the 2000 VP nominee Joe Lieberman.”

Other Democrats, like Ohio's Sherrod Brown, are blasted for putting "far left politics on display in abandonment of Joe Lieberman."

"Hard left-wing Internet activisits" are blamed for Lieberman's defeat in NRSC statements to local media around the country, which go on to claim that, "what happened in Connecticut's primary clearly demonstrates that the angry left fringe of the Democrat[sic] Party is in charge."

Reached for comment, a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) spokesman suggested that the “people at NRSC must be the last people in America that approve of the management of the situation in Iraq.”

“The runoff in Connecticut was a referendum on that, and voters fundamentally reject the White House conduct… If the White House or the kids at NRSC want to frame the elections as a choice between the status quo in Iraq and a fundamentally new direction, we encourage them to do so.”