November 17th, 2008
05:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Lieberman likely to keep top Democratic post, sources say

Sources tell CNN Sen. Lieberman will keep his committee chairmanship.
Sources tell CNN Sen. Lieberman will keep his committee chairmanship.

(CNN) - Senate Democrats appear willing to let Sen. Joe Lieberman keep his powerful Homeland Security Committee chairmanship, even though the Connecticut independent campaigned vigorously for John McCain's White House bid, two congressional sources told CNN Monday.

Instead, Senate Democrats will likely strip Lieberman of his chairmanship of an environmental subcommittee - a considerably less prominent position than his homeland security post.

That outcome would be at odds with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's initial intentions. Sources told CNN last week that Reid had informed Lieberman it was likely he would lose his chairmanship of the committee and instead assume a leadership post on a less prominent panel. Lieberman told
Reid that offer was "not acceptable," according to sources.

The Democratic caucus will formally meet Tuesday morning to hold a secret ballot vote on Lieberman's future, but the sources suggested the outcome of that vote may already be a foregone conclusion.


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  1. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Which means you can betray your old party yet again and be a total arsehole and still get what you want.

    This creep needs to retire along with the other creep, McPain.

    November 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Dennis

    President -elect Obama shows once again why he was elected in a landslide. While others want to wrestle in the mud, he takes the high road and tries to mend fences. He has certainly shown he is a bigger man than Lieberman.

    November 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    If the disputed Senatorial races (MN, GA, AK) come up for the Dems, Lieberman may find himself very lonely. It's all moot as CT will send him packing in 2010.

    November 17, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Shannon

    I understand that he voted with the dems most of the time. SO I guess its ok for him to stay but he hasn't done anything on his comittee about Katirina its really shamefule . He should have been dismissed for not investigating Bushes administration ann those fema trailors like he said in his relectionbid... We will see, I hope that they kick him out but you can't kick someone out for having a difference of opinion for president. Thats just childish. Kick him out for real reason.

    November 17, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Linda32

    I hope they take away his chairmanship. Lieberman threatening to go over to the Republicans is disgusting and shows that he does not vote based on the issues. If he wants to go, don't let the door hit you.

    November 17, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Chris

    The Democrats need to stop being weenies and kick this guy out. Leiberman is just a Republican who calls himself an independent so it is more palatable to the electorate of his state. Time to send him where he belongs, to the minority. Then rev up the party machine to get him out of office when he is up for reelection.

    November 17, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Lieberman is a snake

    GROWS SOME BALLS , DEMS.

    YOU ARE THE MAJORITY NOW. SHEESH. STOP LISTENING TO REPUBLICANS.

    November 17, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. Dianne

    Law Student:

    If Joe Lieberman is not partisan, why is he trying to hang on to his position with democrats? Since he is an independent, why does he care aabout remaining as if he is a dem? He wants it both ways, independent when he wants to be and a dem to get on various committees. Then stand by his principal as an independent.

    November 17, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. anyonmous

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    November 17, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. Lady_Di

    How could ANYONE, EVER trust this man again.

    November 17, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. anyonmous

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    November 17, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. anyonmous

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    November 17, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    THROW JOE LIEBERMAN OUT! HE IS A TRAITOR.

    November 17, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. Andrea

    Come on Democrats grow a pair. Let Lieberman get what he deserves, and that is to lose his Homeland Security chairmanship. Let him go and caucus with the Republicans and in two years hopefully he'll be voted out of office. I mean how shifty does this guy get to be before he finally feels consequences of his actions???

    November 17, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. John S

    I'm not disputing Lieberman's choice on who he supported. What I am disputing is how it was done. It would of been fine if Lieberman had just said he supported McCain like everyone else did. Powell. and other Republicans who stated they supported Obama didn't go out of their way to put down McCain, call him a terrorist and traitor. His words were that he wasn't qualified for the job of President of the USA. They didn't go out and canvas for Obama, didn't join the campaign or anything else. Lieberman was out front on the campagn trail with McCain most of the time and the things he said about Obama was truely disgusting. That is the problem most people have with this Two-Faced Liar. He was out for himself because he thought McCain was going to win. It is plain to see by all who follows the Political scene. Anyone who would vote for this man in 2 years needs their head examined. He is a traitor to the very people who elected him. That is the problem we have with Lieberman

    November 17, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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    November 17, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. bill for barack

    NOT ACCEPTABLE ?
    Joe is what's not acceptable here.
    Send him running back to Johnny Boy, to hide behind his skirt.

    November 17, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    One word: Weak,.

    November 17, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. Drew

    jewdis!!!

    November 17, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. vahe

    kick that guy out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! two faced idiot

    November 17, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. Sebrina Alfonso

    He knew what he was doing when he stood there and allowed lie after lie to be told. The Republicans wanted to win at any cost. Lieberman's ethics are not that of the Obama camp and he should not be allowed to CHair. Besides, he has not honored his campaign promises. He sometimes seems like an insider trader working against the Dems for the Republicans.
    Democrats turn their cheeks too often. If he had done this to the Repbulicans he would have been let go months ago.
    Obama don't stop Reid and others from removing him. Put someone in that position who agrees more with your policies. He sides with Bush. How can you get things done if you constantly have to over see what he is doing. Everyone else you have is up to the job. He holds a significant position which most of us do not trust him with.
    Sometimes your reaching over the table seems more timid than partisan. DONT DO IT

    November 17, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. John

    LOL – These posts are hilarious!!!! You Dems couldn't say enough good things about him a few years ago. I thought the Dems were all about "inclusion" and working together. Didn't the Lord Obama just say he wanted to work across the aisle to set a new tone in bipartisianship? Ya, much like there has been over the last 8 years...HAAAHAAAHAAA. And no, I didn't vote for McCain.

    November 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. Pepou

    Why the democrats need that clown, that pitiful Judas is beyond me.

    November 17, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. Sebrina Alfonso

    Mitchel,
    Perhaps you are exactly what the republicans need. State your point without showing your level. Seriously, what exactly makes you king of the BOARD

    November 17, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. Simmy

    Enemies closer? I get it!

    November 17, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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