Lieberman Gone? Senator Likely to Announce Retirement on Wednesday
Multiple sources are reporting that people close to Joe Lieberman claim the Senator will likely announce on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election. From the Huffington Post:
Joe Lieberman will not run for reelection in 2012, Connecticut Democratic sources tell HuffPost, ending his four-term Senate career. Two prominent House Democrats, Chris Murphy and Joe Courtney, are eyeing a bid, with Susan Bysiewicz, a thrice-elected former secretary of state, also jumping into the race.
Lieberman, who lost a 2006 primary to netroots insurgent Ned Lamont, will announce his retirement on Wednesday. "Senator Lieberman made a decision about his future over the holidays which he plans to announce on Wednesday," a Lieberman spokesman said. In 2006, Lieberman ran under a party he created called Connecticut for Lieberman. Anti-Lieberman activists, however, have since taken it over.
Lieberman's decision is not exactly shocking, given the Senator's immense unpopularity across the political spectrum. An October poll foundLeiberman lagging behind both potential Republican and Democratic opponents. Majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents polled in Connecticut said they wanted him to go, prompting Public Policy Polling to call Lieberman "One of the most unpopular Senators in the country." Lieberman accomplished that feat in part by opposing countless Democratic policy initiatives, including the public option in the drive for heath reform.
The Daily Kos on Lieberman's re-election chances: "We were going to kick his ass, and it was going to feel great."