WASHINGTON (CNN) - The founder of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council released a statement Monday expressing his disappointment with Joe Lieberman’s decision to endorse Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
The Connecticut senator chaired the DLC for several years in the 90s.
“I am very saddened by Senator Lieberman’s choice, and profoundly disagree with it,” wrote Al From. “We need to elect a Democratic president in 2008.”
The DLC had come to Lieberman’s defense in 2006, when the senator faced a successful primary challenge from anti-war candidate Ned Lamont. In an op-ed, policy director Ed Kilgore described Lieberman’s opponents as "fundamentalist" liberals bent on a "purge" of the former Democratic vice presidential candidate because of his bi-partisan views.
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- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand