Lieberman Ally Advises: Run As An Independent
A prominent ally of U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman urged Monday that Lieberman run for re-election as an independent and not trust his career to left-leaning Democratic primary voters in August.And it's not a bad idea,
John F. Droney Jr., a former Democratic state chairman who helped Lieberman unseat Republican Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. in 1988, said Lieberman should make his case for re-election to all voters in November.
For the first time in decades, Connecticut is holding its statewide primary in August, when a typical turnout of 25 percent may drop even lower. If Lamont's base is energized, it could have a disproportionate voice in a primary.
"Every single weirdo in the left wing will be there," Droney said. "That's what the Lamont strategy is all about."
However, Lieberman faces a stiff challenge from within his own party. Ned Lamont has raised the banner for those disaffected with Lieberman and mounted a more serious challenge than initially expected. Lieberman has not ruled out an Independent bid for the Senate if Lamont were to win the nomination.
In that case, Lieberman would win 47% of the vote, Lamont 20%, and Streitz 17%. Those numbers are similar to our previous poll on this match-up.
Lieberman's support from Republicans and unaffiliated voters changes little whether he runs as a Democrat or an Independent.
The impact among Democrats is quite different. Running as the party's standard bearer, Lieberman attracts 68% of the vote from the party faithful. However, if Lamont is the Democratic nominee, Lieberman earns just 43% of the vote from Democrats in the state. Lamont gets 32%.