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. Bye Joe

    Who will the anti-healthcare reform lobbyists pay now?

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

    Joe's legacy in politics is eternal: the worst vice-presidential nominee in history! Al Gore's biggest mistake. With Nelson from Florida or John Kerry, Gore beats Bush (he did anyway), and that 8 year nightmare that was the Bush administration never would have happened, Thanks Joe! (with an assist from Ralph Nader to boot)

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

    Yes...a democrat that could think for himself, use logic, and vote his heart instead of blindly voting party line like the rest of the lemmings. No wonder the left hates him.

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

      I actually agree with this. As much as I cant stand him, he did think for himself.

      January 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SurRy

    Good job Connecticut!

    January 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Average Dude

    Good news everyone!

    January 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barney

    I can't think of one good thing he did to help the people of his state, specifically. That's pretty sad.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tygomuk

    kaayyy, buh, buh-bye. dont let the door hit u on the way out

    January 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joseph

    I used to admire Lieberman,but once he started switching sides so as to keep his job,he became the worst kind of politician,one that cant stand on his own two feet!

    January 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jOHN kIng

    He is not running because he knows he will lose........... He never listen to the following advise: Don't forget where you came from, becasue if you do, you'll forget where you are going! Thank you for not running again.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MrBo

    Good freaking riddance.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lee from NJ

    Maybe he can now finally formalize his man-crush on John McCain.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MikeB

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Maltheus

    I've moved from being a liberal to a conservative over the past 15 years. Regardless of where I stood on that spectrum, there was never a point where I did not detest this man.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Buttafudgio

    The man still owes me for some bodywork.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. waldo

    ***Y do u detest him maltheus. He is a good man to help people. ...what is the good news average dude...And if he reads your comments u will make him feel bad do u really want that all of u.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
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