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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:59 PM
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From Daily Kos-CT- Sen: Weicker rumors taking hold(may run against Joe L?)

CT-Sen: Weicker rumors taking hold
by kos
Wed Sep 28th, 2005 at 20:18:54 PDT

An independent I would support:

"The statewide rumor mill is buzzing with reports that Lowell Weicker is considering an independent run for his old U.S. Senate seat next year against Democratic incumbent Joe Lieberman of New Haven (for now). Lieberman deposed former Weicker in 1988 with the help of his famous sleeping bear commercial--a commercial Weicker could now turn back on his old nemesis.

The rumors have been building since last week, when Weicker appeared at a public forum with radio talk-show host and Courant columnist Colin McEnroe. Weicker, a former liberal Republican who turned independent in 1990 when he left the Senate to run successfully for governor, dropped notice at the Sept. 20 forum that he'd consider another political run.

Weicker claimed he's "99 percent" uninterested in running. But then he went on, and on, about how wouldn't sit by if "somebody pisses me off enough." And he went on and on about how pissed off he is about the direction of the country.

His candidacy sounded like more than a 1 percent consideration in his mind. And it looked that way when his longtime political aide Tom D'Amore showed up at the gathering."

Remember, Lieberman took out Weicker from the right, and any Wicker run would take on Lieberan on the war. Weicker is an opponent of Bush's War. Lieberman is one of its chief enablers. But really, the chances of this happening are as slight as DeLay being indicted.

Oh.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/9/28/231854/127



So, would he caucus with the Dems like Jeffords? Would he run as an Independent in the General election and split the Democratic vote, letting a Republican win?

Just a couple questions off the top of my head. Interesting...
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speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:02 PM
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1. Lowell Weicker is a good man.
I'd vote for him against Lieberman in a heartbeat. Even if Weicker ran as a republican.
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:03 PM
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2. you have just presented me with a republican I would support
if I lived in Conn.

Of course he is an independent now which helps


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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:03 PM
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3. Oh that an Indie against the WAR ON IRAQ
could beat ol' lieman in Conn.
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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:07 PM
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4. Lieberman is not true to democratic philosphy
He is just another puppet, and is bad for the party.

Getting rid of the fake and bad dems will make our party more effective.

Why is it that even when the republicans are in the minority they wield more power than the dems?

Think think think!

We need to clean house.
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:13 PM
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5. interesting
I don't think that he's split the Democratic vote--he'd take most of it from good old Joe-mentum

and he'd pick up some of the Republican vote as well

He could win

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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:25 PM
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6. Weiker is a good man....I hope he runs as an independant and wins
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dusty64 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 06:41 AM
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13. Me too.
I really dislike Joe.
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:44 PM
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7. how old is he?? IMO, he's good, but how old is he?
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lcordero2 Donating Member (832 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:55 PM
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8. 74
http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?inde...

WEICKER, Lowell Palmer, Jr., a Representative and a Senator from Connecticut; born in Paris, France, to American parents, on May 16, 1931; graduated, Lawrenceville Academy 1949; graduated, Yale University 1953; graduated, University of Virginia Law School 1958; served in the United States Army 1953-1955; United States Army Reserve 1959-1964; elected State representative in Connecticut general assembly 1962, 1964, and 1966; elected first selectman, town of Greenwich 1963 and 1965; attorney; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-first Congress (January 3, 1969-January 3, 1971); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1970, but was elected to the United States Senate; reelected in 1976, and again in 1982 and served from January 3, 1971, to January 3, 1989; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1988; chairman, Committee on Small Business (Ninety-seventh through Ninety-ninth Congresses); professor, George Washington University School of Law 1988-1990; president and chief executive officer of Research! America 1988-1990; elected governor of Connecticut as an Independent in 1990; was not a candidate for reelection as Governor in 1994; is a resident of Greenwich, Conn.
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 02:04 AM
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11. maybe he's too old
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lcordero2 Donating Member (832 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 02:34 AM
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12. to you maybe
I feel that he is young enough to at least break an ongoing pattern for at least a short while.
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 06:45 PM
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17. I'm 65 and know how aging can blind side a person overnight
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Peachhead22 Donating Member (798 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:57 PM
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9. He's more a Dem than Joe L.
I'm not sure he caucus with the Dems (he probably would). But he definitely wouldn't caucus with the 'Pubs. I don't think he'd peacefully coexist (like Snowe and Collins and Chafee do) with the southern pubs. They'll hate him and it'll be mutual.
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:09 AM
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10. If he ran as an independant
it would make things afwully interesting.

BTW, did Lieberman beat him by a lot in 88? What was the margin? Is Weicker popular in the state?

CT is a relatively liberal state. It deserves a better senator. But Joe would be tough to beat. He has high approval ratings.
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ladylibertee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 06:44 AM
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14. Since Lieb voted to confirm Roberts, dude may stand a chance
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 06:47 AM
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15. I've seen polls with Joe's approval rating over 70%
among Republicans and Democrats in CT.

The chances of Lieberman being beat are slim to none.
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nvliberal Donating Member (618 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 09:21 AM
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16. Weicker's been there and done that.
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 09:22 AM by nvliberal
He's too old for the job. Not only that, but such an "indie" run would guarantee the Democratic vote would be split, and a REAL Republican would get elected.

Is that what you guys want?

As usual, the Kos site is engaging in fantasy.
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 07:02 PM
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18. If he runs against Joe, I will certainly donate to his campaign.
I would love to see him back in the Senate. I can't believe that he would not caucus with the Democrats if he was there as an independent.
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