A loss of faith
Connecticut Democrats lose faith in Lieberman
MERIDEN, Connecticut - Jocelyne Hudson-Brown says she no longer trusts Sen. Joseph Lieberman. John Reardon calls it a loss of confidence. Bob Walsh says Lieberman turned his back on his party.
For all three Connecticut Democrats, all one-time Lieberman supporters, the former vice presidential nominee's staunch advocacy of the Iraq war was the final straw that convinced them to back Lieberman's anti-war challenger Ned Lamont.
"I have no more confidence in Lieberman," said Reardon, an 83-year-old retired truck driver from Meriden. "He doesn't tell the truth. He goes to Iraq and says everything is great and I'm supposed to believe him? What am I, stupid?"
Said Hudson-Brown, a public relations adviser from New Haven: "The war in Iraq has changed everything. Lieberman was always with us before, we knew him and trusted him -- but not anymore."
After decades in Connecticut and national politics, Lieberman faces his biggest political test on Tuesday when state Democrats decide whether to renominate him for a fourth six-year term or turn to Lamont.
Lamont, a millionaire former cable television executive, opened a double-digit lead on Lieberman in a poll last week after hammering the senator for his support of the war and his willingness to work with President George W. Bush.
"I've had issues with Lieberman and disagreements with him on a variety of things," said Jim Eckert of Hamden, a research scientist at Yale University who said the senator's support for the energy bill and free trade agreements had angered him.
"But the war in Iraq was the tipping point, the last straw," he said.
"Joe Lieberman has become more and more conservative the longer he has been in Washington, and the Iraq war brought it all home," said Walsh, a Bridgeport city councilman. He said Lieberman, who was Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 presidential election, "turned his back on Democrats" by announcing he would run as an independent if he loses the primary.
Notice the spread of demographics in the story. Lieberman has lost a LOT of voters on the war
posted by Steve @ 5:59:00 PM