Connecticut for Lieberman under new management
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz has recognized Fairfield University professor John Orman's takeover of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party and its bylaws limiting membership to critics of the senator and anyone named Lieberman.Hey John, you can email me anytime.
"If someone wanted to challenge it, they'd have to go to court," said Ted Bromley, a state elections attorney for Bysiewicz's office.
Lieberman formed the party in August after he lost the state's Democratic primary to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. Lieberman went on to win the general election against Lamont and Republican Alan Schlesinger with nearly 50 percent of the vote and gained a spot on the ballot for his newly formed party when his term expires in 2012.
Bromley said the secretary of the state's office has determined it is not responsible for ruling whether Orman is the party's legitimate chairman. Bromley said Connecticut for Lieberman is a minor party, by virtue of Lieberman's November victory, and the secretary of the state will keep Orman's rules on file.
Orman said he plans to use his position as party chairman to hold Lieberman accountable.
"It's a watchdog, accountability party with a line guaranteed in the next Senate race," Orman said.
Since Lieberman remained a member of the Democratic Party, Orman is the Connecticut for Lieberman Party's sole member. But, he hopes to change that soon.
Orman plans to hold a meeting later this month to bolster the party's ranks.
"I'll send an e-mail to critics, bloggers, opponents (of the senator's) and maybe anyone named Lieberman," Orman said.
Lets get this party started!