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

Lieberman likely to keep top Democratic post, sources say

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. Republican for change

    I bet he's going to grab his pom poms and celebrate in his office.

    November 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Steve

    He's a traitor and doesn't deserve even being a dog catcher.

    November 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. kayla


    November 17, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    I can not believe that Lieberman has the nerve to continue in his post!

    Mr. LIEberman, please apologize to America and retire.

    November 17, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Lynda Ridgefield, CT.

    Because I live in Connecticut, its pains me to have him as my senator!
    He betrayed the citizens of CT., by endorsing McCain. I would have preferred he be stripped of his Chair of Homeland Security, but, if he starts trouble, I hope they censor him!


    November 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. mbv

    I aagree with Bryan, Lieberman is a misguided opportunist. What was he thinking ? Doiiiiii!

    November 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. nahnopenotquite

    This news is a slap in the face to everyone who worked so hard to get Barack Obama elected (and that’s a lot of people). This man did everything in his power to see that it didn’t happen and his reward is that he gets to stay on our team? In a position of power?

    I am deeply, deeply upset to hear that this may happen. I intend to write to my senators, Chuck and Hillary, to let them know my feelings. How about you?

    Here’s why this is so disappointing: There’s a lot of anger built up over these last eight years and we need to find a way to blow that off. Sure, getting Obama elected was huge, but we’re talking about eight years. Throw us a little red meat with our champagne. We want heads to roll. And Lieberman is the low hanging fruit.

    Justice, truly, is not served by this cowardly move.

    November 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Bill Charlotte,NC

    They need to send him back to the Repubs. He has no business with those "socialists" as he called them!

    November 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Ross in MD

    If Democrats still haven't grown a spine, they truly are hopeless.

    Kick Lieberman Out!

    November 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    It would be against Obama's message of unity and non-partisanship if they kicked him out. I agree he doesn't deserve to stay with the dems, but Obama is willing to let it go, so I think his example will influence the others to keep the peace and let things be. If they kicked him out, he would be likely to cause more trouble, but if they keep him, he might be more willing to work with everyone for the common good. So, it would actually be a good strategy to keep him on.

    November 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. mbv

    I'm a Connecticut refugie, believe me Lieberman will go the way of Chris Shays

    November 17, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. Douglas in Texas

    How can Reid or any democrat trust this guy. I don't think his vote is worth this chairmanship. This is one of the most inportant post in the senate. Obama needs someone who is more in line with his thinking about foreign policy and this war. Hopefully the people of Conn. will vote him out next time. He has loyality to no one but himself. I voted for Obama to change this country and Liberman is old school and a war monger.

    November 17, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Beverly, NYC

    Calm down everyone, it's politics. It 'scalled keeping friends close and enemies closer. Lieberman knows he owes the democrats his political life, now he is a guaranteed vote no matter what. If he steps one toe out of line no more chairmanship.

    November 17, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. JT from TN

    Joe who?....what party is he gonna switch to next. I say take it away and show him he can't have his cake and eat it too.

    November 17, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. paul oregon

    thumbs down on liberman he needs to go and if the dem. dont oust liberman the rat they need to think abount there reelection

    November 17, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. There IS hope for the future>>>

    Keep him for now, but, a warning for the next misstep and he's OUT!

    November 17, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Nick Parga

    He look like a traitor on back of Mccain,s bomber.
    We need him on Israel bringing food to the palestinian people,
    until they become an independent nation. Nick

    November 17, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Brian

    When Lieberman is up for re-election, we will see how the MAJORITY of the people votes! 🙂

    November 17, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. Ted:Canada


    November 17, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. James

    Not happy!!!!!!!!!!

    He should be grateful if he gets off that easy.

    November 17, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. SD,Michigan

    Oh, and one more thing: after any "war", there HAS to be a head in the basket presented to the victors. Personally, I don't want any Republican head , they have enough problems as it is, and their party needs to regroup, for the sake of balance.
    I, and I think many others, if not the vast majority of Dems, want Lieberman's head on a plate. Traitors must go.

    November 17, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. JD

    Stripping him of a subcommittee chairmanship is a pretty weak rebuke. A stronger punishment would be to remove him from the environmental committee altogether.

    November 17, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. Bob

    They are taking their time waiting to see what happens in Alaska and Minnesota. Lieberman just might show up on game day wearing jersey #60.

    November 17, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Larry

    You Dems have a cult mentality ,you would drink the koolaid,if you were told too.Start using your brains instead of your over the top emotions.

    November 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Turncoat

    Lame .... Leiberman needs to get the boot.

    November 17, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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