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The Political Eye Donating Member (177 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:57 AM
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Can Lieberman campaign use the label democrat or democratic?

I was wondering if CT. state election laws prevent old Joe from using the label Democrat or Democratic in campaign literature, on his web site or on posters?
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:01 AM
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1. If rove wants him to
and anything rove wants for joe surely trumps any state law.
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KKKarl is an idiot Donating Member (662 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:26 AM
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5. True
It is probably part of the Patriot act.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:05 AM
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2. Small D, yes
I believe any reference to him being a Democrat is not allowed but nothing can be done about using the word "democratic" in a context other than reference to the Party.

But I'm not a lawyer.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:13 AM
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3. I have a question that I can't get an answer to.
If Joe wins as an Independent, he's hurting Democrats' chances for a senate majority, right? So any Democrat who officially supports Joe is also supporting the status quo? This is not sarcasm, but a genuine question. I don't understand the rules about running as an Independent. I just assume that you can't have it both ways, but I've been wrong about that before. Please help.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:18 AM
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4. Technically he's not running as an Indy
He had to form a new party - CT for Lieberman - or something like that.

I believe he said he'd caucus with the Dems and vote with them for Leader but who knows?

He really shot himself in the foot, though, when he thumbed his nose at the primary process (sorry about the metaphors.) The key test will be whether he's able to raise money. I fear he'll get money from key GOP donors, though.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:29 AM
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6. But if he's re-elected to the Senate...
Will he be a Democrat or an Independent?
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:40 AM
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7. I heard someone say
...that he could change back to Democrat.

I'm unclear as to whether or not he is now still a Democrat. I understand your confusion; I'm that way too. I'm hoping someone with the answers will respond.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:46 AM
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8. I'm also wondering if this will become the norm.
In other words, from now on, if you lose your party's primary you can just take another shot at it by running as an Independent in the general election?
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