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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

CT-Sen: Lamont Scores Labor Support; Lieberman Laying Groundwork For Indy Bid?

Posted by James L.

From AFT Connecticut:

AFT Connecticut, the state’s second largest AFL-CIO union representing more than 26,000 professionals, including healthcare, higher education, and public employees, has endorsed Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.

The full text is available for AFT.org registered users, but DailyKos diarist pavlov dog has the full text, if you wish to see it.

This is great news for Lamont. Just a few weeks ago, before the party convention in which Lamont won a surprising 33% of the vote, Labor in Connecticut was a great deal less commital:

Observers predict that the convention will endorse Lieberman while giving Lamont, a Greenwich businessman who's challenging Lieberman from the left, enough votes to force a primary in August. Even after the convention, though, you can expect most unions to stay on the sidelines.

About a dozen unions, mostly smallish locals, have endorsed the the three-term incumbent. But Lieberman's in-your-face support for an unpopular war and an unpopular president has turned many working people against him, especially union activists.

At the same time, labor Democrats are more interested in unseating a Republican governor and three Republican members of Congress than in replacing a generally pro-labor Democrat Lieberman's lifetime AFL-CIO voting record is 84 percentwith a kinder, gentler Dem.

AFT-CT's endorsement of Lamont is another great sign of just how much traction he's getting as of late.

UPDATE: Why am I not surprised? Taegan Goddard's Political Wire has the inside scoop:

Political Wire has learned that key allies of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are making contingency plans for the three-term senator to run as an independent in this fall's U.S. Senate race in Connecticut. Lieberman faces a challenge in the Democratic primary from businessman Ned Lamont.

Posted at 04:45 PM in 2006 Elections - Senate, Connecticut | Technorati

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