March 12th, 2009
06:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Lieberman backs Dodd, three years after bitter election rift

Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will back Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd’s upcoming battle for re-election.
Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will back Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd’s upcoming battle for re-election.

(CNN) – Connecticut’s senators are back on the same team: Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will back Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd’s upcoming battle for re-election, three years after Dodd threw his weight behind Ned Lamont’s successful challenge to the former Democratic vice presidential candidate.

“They’ve been good friends for a long time, so it hurt him personally,” Lieberman spokesman Scott Overland said Thursday. “But their friendship has overcome it, and they’re as good of friends as they’ve ever been.”

When anti-war candidate Lamont challenged Lieberman in Connecticut’s Democratic primary 2006, Dodd backed the incumbent in the primary, but endorsed and actively campaigned for his friend’s opponent in the general election. Lieberman edged his Democratic challenger out in the final contest, and won as an Independent.

Lieberman’s support should be welcome news for Dodd, who seems headed for a tight race. The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows the possible Republican challenger, former Rep. Rob Simmons, getting 43 percent of the vote and Dodd with 42 percent.


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  1. USA in ICU

    Lieberman, Dodd, Frank, what's the difference?

    Ali Obama and the 535 thieves

    March 12, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Accountability

    Lieberman is a traitor and a coward and should have been read out of the Democratic Party.

    March 12, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. cnnnewser

    Lieberman is just another republican joke.
    Does anybody really listen to him after his stint backing John McShame.

    March 12, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. billy-bayou

    What this nation desperately needs today is ....

    Another JosephMcCarthy in the US Senate and a few good men to stand with him to purge the government of all the existine elected officials, starting at the top. This nation needs a new begining and it is not the one in progress at this time. What we are faced with now is an administraling that despises the form of government given to us by the founding fathers.

    March 12, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Gary

    Wonder if he is a close enough friend to visit Dodd after he goes to prison?

    March 12, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Doc

    If he survives another round of elections here in CT then we have failed as citizens and our purpose of electing OB1 to help get the goverment on track would be in vain.
    Like someone already mentioned he is trying to side with that looks likely to win. He needs to go.

    March 12, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Bob the Observer

    Minnesota and Connecticut both make me wish that there was some way to do business without every state having two senators.

    March 12, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. lovable liberal

    Lieberman's endorsement doesn't help Dodd, and it might hurt him. Ned Lamont's endorsement would be better, especially if he were junior Senator from Connecticut.

    March 12, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Chris

    Christopher Dodd should resign

    March 12, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Ed Word

    It's time for the voters of CT to get rid of both of these clowns.

    Connecticut deserves better.

    March 12, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Jeannette, Toronto

    Anything to do even belly rub, Lieberman, the all directions to keep butt safe! Good Ol' Boy Politican, EH!

    March 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. gary

    joe lieberman is an honorable man where as dodd should be in jail along with barney frank for causing all this banking mess they created in my opinion they are in the same league as madoff ripping off the taxpayers of this country and then acting so innocent about it

    March 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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