Monday, June 05, 2006

Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont on gay marriage

Incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut had this to say about gay marriage: "Although I am opposed to gay marriage, I have also long believed that states have the right to adopt for themselves laws that allow same-sex unions." That's... above average, I'm afraid. But Senator Lieberman, who was Al Gore's running mate in 2000, has a challenger for the Democratic nomination this year—a man named Ned Lamont. On the same subject, Mr. Lamont had this to say: "If two people want to get married, God bless them."

Ned Lamont started what looked like a longshot challenge to Lieberman this winter, but he's looking surprisingly stronger than expected. Lamont needed to get at least 15% of the vote in a pre-primary of sorts in order to keep his campaign running; he won 33%. And he's looking stronger.

The actual Democratic primary is slated for August 8, when Lamont could possibly take Lieberman out of the running. Since the Republicans don't even seem to be fielding a candidate this year, though there is talk about a man named Alan Schlesinger running on their ticket, though Mr. Schlesinger's name doesn't even appear on the state party's web site, which doesn't speak well for him. What's that about, anyway?

I like Mr. Lamont's position on gay marriage. Lamont speaks up and actually takes a Democratic stand on issues. Mr. Lieberman is entitled to his point of view, of course, but likewise, I'm entitled to mine, too, which says that Lieberman has no place in the Democratic Party anymore. Lieberman claims to be unfazed by this. He pointed out that the cutoff date for registering your Senate bid is August 9—the day after the Democratic primary. Lieberman didn't say he wouldn't run as an independent if the nomination went to Lamont, but I dunno. I think Lieberman is trying to frighten his state's Democrats into backing him up.

I say that if Connecticut Democrats want to take down an established, safe incumbent and place an energetic progressive like Ned Lamont on their ballot instead, God bless them.


At Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 10:53:00 AM EDT, Blogger PuceMole said...

I was one of the proud 33% of CT state convention delegates who voted for Ned Lamont on May 19. Had the vote been private, many feel Lamont would have gained close to 50% of the votes.

I can't wait to see the first official poll on this race, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Lieberman jump ship - and soon.


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