Leahy and Sander publicly opposes Lieberman chairmanship

I know Terje Anderson, the guy who wrote this post – Terje is credible:

Senator Patrick Leahy has just finished (12.45 EST) a call in show (‘Vermont Edition”) on Vermont Public Radio. (Diary now updated with transcribed quotes.)

In response to a caller (“Bill from Ripton”) who raised the question of Joe Lieberman’s status, Senator Leahy clearly stated his opposition to Lieberman retaining his chairmanship.

Money quote #1: “I’m one who does not feel somebody should be rewarded with a major chairmanship after doing what he did..”

Money quote #2: But I felt that some of the attacks that he was involved in against Senator Obama …. I thought they went way beyond the pale, that they were not fair, that they were not legitimate, that they perpetuated some of these horrible myths that were run about Senator Obama

Money quote #3: I would feel that had I done something similar that I would not be Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next Congress.

Leahy’s colleague from Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders, takes the same position against Lieberman.

Bernie Sanders has issued a statement that very strongly calls for Lieberman not keep his committee chair:

“To reward Senator Lieberman with a major committee chairmanship would be a slap in the face of millions of Americans who worked tirelessly for Barack Obama and who want to see real change in our country,” Sanders in the statement sent our way by his office.

“Appointing someone to a major post who led the opposition to everything we are fighting for is not ‘change we can believe in,'” Sanders continued. “I very much hope that Senator Lieberman stays in the Democratic caucus and is successful in regaining the confidence of those whom he has disappointed. This is not a time, however, in which he should be rewarded with a major committee chairmanship.”


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