Sources: Lieberman not seeking re-election
January 18th, 2011
05:50 PM ET

Sources: Lieberman not seeking re-election

Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, is planning to announce Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in 2012, according to two knowledgeable Democratic sources.

The move by the former Democratic vice presidential candidate could add even more murkiness to the party's hopes of hanging on to its slim majority in the Senate in the 2012 election, especially coming on the heels of the decision of Sen. Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota) that he will not seek re-election at the end of this term.

While Lieberman is an independent, he has aligned himself with the Democratic leadership for organizational purposes, helping to boost the Democratic majority on issues like health reform.

Earlier Tuesday, former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz announced that she is planning to get into the 2012 Democratic primary for Lieberman's seat regardless of what the incumbent does. Reps. Chris Murphy and Joe Courtney are also considering Senate bids, while various Republicans are mulling their options.

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  1. Political Wack

    Thank goodness...I'm a democrat,no wait I want to be a republican,no wait I'm an indepedant.The guy is the human waffle iron.Goodriddance have with your stamp collection.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohwell

      Thank god! Good riddance to bad baggage.. Flippy floppy flippy..

      January 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Truthwillsetyoufree

    Yeah! friggin turncoat....

    January 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I'm surprised you people put up with this kind of shenanigans for as long as you have.

      January 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Benjamin

    Good riddance. If only he had made this decision before his current term, we'd have the public option in the health care reform. All the poverty-struck people who can't afford insurance are on his hands.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tjb09240

    Horray!!!!He wouldnt be elected anyways!!!!Non-factor

    January 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. james

    We'll get Conrad's seat. The Lieb's is a lost cause.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. elisa

    Thank God!

    January 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Beuschman

    Good riddance to very bad rubbish. Without Lieberman, Dubya might not have been elected and we might have a public health care option. Connecticut, the U.S. Senate, and American as a whole will be better off without him no matter who is elected to his seat.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. james

    He started as a S6enator and ended as a Rabi.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alec

    I am very happy that McCain's lil' brother, Joe Lieberman, is retiring. Perhaps he will become a talk-show pundit on Fox News.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hfjkhsd

    good to see this idiot gone

    January 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. socal frank

    He's gotten enough bribes and payoffs that he doesn't need to work anymore. Now he can go hunting with
    Dick Cheney.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bud

    Good riddance!

    January 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Russ

    Joe was one of the few politicians I actually admired because he didn't feel obligated to align himself with one party. He saw that there was value in views from all sides of an issue. I didn't agree with him on all his decisions, however, I feel that he was one to weigh all sides before making a decision.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mark sabilia

    The few times I have dealt with Senator Lieberman, he has shown to be a man of integrity. He is a hard worker. Enjoy your retirement senator.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    I hear Lieberman is not running again because CNN offered him a spot to replace Larry King!

    January 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
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