June 21st, 2007
04:56 PM ET
12 years ago

Liberals blast Lieberman over fundraiser

Lieberman is co-hosting a fundraiser for Republican Sen. Susan Collins Thursday.

Washington (CNN) – A fundraiser Thursday night for Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is drawing heat from liberals due in large part to the event’s co-host: Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Connecticut.

In an e-mail sent to supporters, the anti-war group MoveOn.org called tonight’s event “absurd,” labeling it “Joe Lieberman’s Republican fundraiser.” The event, which will be held in Washington, is being co-hosted by Lieberman and Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

MoveOn.org is working to counter Lieberman’s efforts by raising money for Collins’ 2008 Senate opponent, Democratic congressman Tom Allen. As of Thursday afternoon, MoveOn had raised over $200,000 for Allen in just over 48 hours. Allen’s campaign said it welcomed the support.

Over the past several years, Lieberman’s support for the war in Iraq has made him a marked man among liberal bloggers. His reputation on the Web bottomed out last year during his contentious Senate race with millionaire businessman Ned Lamont, an anti-war Democrat. Thanks largely to the support of prominent liberal bloggers, Lamont upset Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic primary last August. Lieberman then switched his party affiliation to Independent and was re-elected to the Senate in November.

Collins endorsed Lieberman at the time, and the two senators have worked closely together on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees.

“Senator Lieberman is very pleased to support Senator Collins because she is an extremely effective senator who works in a bi-partisan fashion to get things done,” said Lieberman spokesperson Marshall Wittman. “Senator Lieberman strongly believes that the American people want progress before partisanship.”

A spokesperson for Collins called Allen an “extreme party loyalist” and dismissed the MoveOn fundraising effort.

“The event that Senators Specter and Lieberman are hosting for Senator Collins tonight strikes a blow at those who thrive on base-driven politics and hyper-partisanship,” said Collins spokesperson Jen Burita in an email. “Senator Collins is proud to have support of Senators Specter and Lieberman and looks forward to tonight’s event.”

- CNN Associate Producer Peter Hamby

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. John E Marselle, Albuquerque,NM..87114

    What else can one expect from Joe Liberman,the turncoat politician who is best described as a traitor to himself and the party that was responsible for his political career. He is the Judas of our time who betrayed his beliefs in the Democratic principles that were his convictions for many years. His personal gain for his election under any Party banner will and is the Benedict Arnold of our time.

    June 21, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Mark, Lavallette NJ

    Lieberman proved himself irrelevant when he called for a military strike on Iran. Now he is raising money for the GOP, what a surprise. What were the people of CT thinking when they re-elected him?

    June 21, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. George Ray, Astoria, NY

    The corporate media always refers to Ned Lamont as the "millionaire businessman". Joe Lieberman is a millionaire, too. Why isn't he ever referred to as the "millionaire politician"?

    June 21, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. Brian, Decatur, GA

    What Senator Lieberman does not understand is that the American people do not like a turncoat! He is a disgrace.

    June 22, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. Matt, Austin, Texas

    Good for MoveOn. I have been ignoring their e-mails since 2004, but this is the first time they've actually done something relevant and effective in four years. I think I might even donate to this cause.

    Lieberman is a hack and I was so happy when he lost the Democratic primary. Connecticut was crazy to re-elect him.

    June 22, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Randy Welch, Richmond, VA

    Shame on Joe Lieberman. He is not a true Democrat anymore. He's just an opportunistic professional politician who lacks scruples. Washington has too many of those types already, including the one sitting in the White House.

    June 22, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |