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Orman Takes Over CFL

by: BranfordBoy

Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 07:17:30 AM EST

It's official! Fairfield prof John Orman is now the recognized head of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party.

Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz has certified both Orman and the party's new by laws, which limit party membership to "critics of the Senator and anyone named Lieberman".

"If someone wanted to challenge it, they'd have to go to court," said Ted Bromley, a state elections attorney for Bysiewicz's office. . . .

Bromley said the secretary of the state's office has determined it is not responsible for ruling whether Orman is the party's legitimate chairman. Bromley said Connecticut for Lieberman is a minor party, by virtue of Lieberman's November victory, and the secretary of the state will keep Orman's rules on file.

Orman said he plans to use his position as party chairman to hold Lieberman accountable.

"It's a watchdog, accountability party with a line guaranteed in the next Senate race," Orman said.

Typically, Lieberman ran from press questions about the issue.

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Professor Orman, (4.00 / 2)
You're my hero.

same party replacement (0.00 / 0)
So, if a same party replacement law were implemented, wouldn't  the governor have to appoint a member of CFL if Lieberman joined Bush's cabinet (as is rumoured about every 4 days)?

Senator Orman ain't bad for a silver medal.

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I fear it would spark a lawsuit (0.00 / 0)
as to which party he actually would be replaced under - D, I or CFL?

And then we would realize whether the law was well written -- is it the party you decide to call yourself (I), the party you are registered under (D), the party you created so you could end run the Dem primary (CFL) or what?

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Way to go Orman! (0.00 / 0)
Lieberman, who remains a member of the Democratic Party and refers to himself as an "independent Democrat," could not be reached for comment. His former campaign manager Sherry Brown declined to comment specifically about Orman yesterday in an e-mail.

"At this time, there are no plans considered for the party," Brown wrote. "The election is over and the senator is focused on the upcoming Congress and his work for the people of Connecticut and the nation."

Of course, she doesn't go into specifics as to exactly what his focus is for the good people of Connecticut and the nation. I think we have a pretty good idea.

Poor Joe, he just can't catch a break. What is it his buddy George says . . . "Fool me once, shame on us . . . er, you, um me. Fool me twice, shame on . . . uhhh . . .them . . . him . . . they . . . "

I believe that time wounds all heels. -John Lennon

John Orman (0.00 / 0)
I'm very impressed with Professor Orman...does he hang out at any progressive functions? Has anyone here met him? It would be a real honor to meet such a brilliant and courageous person.

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."--James Madison

Many here have I imagine (0.00 / 0)
I have some great clips I'll up later.

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My favorite excerpt from article (0.00 / 0)
Orman, who had considered running before Lamont entered the race, unsuccessfully petitioned Bysiewicz to prevent the creation of a party for one man. He said he was surprised his takeover bid succeeded.

"I thought Susan (Bysiewicz) would write a letter saying 'You cannot have a party of one person. It's ridiculous. You're mocking the system and Connecticut for Lieberman does not exist because Senator Lieberman doesn't want it to exist,' " Orman said.

Since Lieberman remained a member of the Democratic Party, Orman is the Connecticut for Lieberman Party's sole member. But, he hopes to change that soon.

Orman plans to hold a meeting later this month to bolster the party's ranks.

"I'll send an e-mail to critics, bloggers, opponents (of the senator's) and maybe anyone named Lieberman," Orman said.

Orman is just too good!!!!

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."--James Madison

Will Orman primary Lieberman in 2012? (0.00 / 0)
I'd love to see that.

Joe will merely form a new party (0.00 / 0)
I suggest Connecticut for Lieberman Part Deux. I'm sure it will be funnier than Hot Shots and I bet he can get Valeria Golina to come back from doing movies in Italy to do commercial for him.

It's Morning in America. Too bad Reagan's not here to see it. - Me

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Maybe he'll get it right next time . . . (0.00 / 0)
. . . and call it Lieberman for Connecticut. With two Lieberman parties, voters would REALLY have to look hard for a good man. Since the Lieberman name carries such political magic, perhaps a handful of Lieberman parties could be registered: Lieberman for Lieberman party; No One-Wants-To-End-This-War-More than Lieberman party; Nation's Peril Lieberman party; I Visit Connecticut Every Six Years Lieberman party; Lieberman Bring's Home The Pork party; or the Lieberman Experience party. Nah, he'd just run as a Republican.

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CTforLieberman.com (0.00 / 0)
I would be happy to contribute the CTforLieberman.com web domain to the party. Anyone know how to get in touch with Orman?

E-mail/phone (0.00 / 0)
Jorman (at)mail.fairfield.edu
(203)254-4000 ext 2864

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Sharon Ferrucci and NY Dem Registrar in 2007 - CFL candidate? (0.00 / 0)
I'm a bit puzzled.  Now, can CFL petition to run a candidate for Democratic registrar in New Haven in 2007?  You know, a Democrat, but someone CFL says is a CFL member but never joins the party.  Then, of course, when they won, they would just call themselves Democrats.

Is that in the party bylaws, by the way?  The right to run as a member of a major party even though there statutes say that running under a nother party is prima facie evidence that you've left that party (but you still "May" be left as a member)

I know CT statutes are written to avoid voter confusion, but....I'm confused.

might I mention here -- the Dems have a big tent (0.00 / 0)
So, by her own logic, Sharon Ferrucci would not be likely to kick that Dem out of the party for running on a CFL ticket for her spot.

Haven't checked the statutes as to whether a person has to RUN as a Dem -- but can simply BE a Dem who has not been kicked out for running AGAINST a Dem...

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Stamford Advocate article better than AP (0.00 / 0)
The Associated Press article on this, now on the front page of the Courant, really sucked.

here is an excerpt:

Orman, of Trumbull, had bitterly protested Lieberman's creation of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party last year, saying it was only a ploy to secure a better position on the ballot. In Connecticut, minor party candidates are listed on the ballot before unaffiliated party candidates.

"There were no party rules, no party platform. It was a mockery of our political system," he said.

His tongue-in-cheek protest indicates the lingering resentment of Lieberman harbored by some in the state. Many top Democrats encouraged Lieberman to drop out of the race after losing to Lamont, a political novice who spent more than $16 million of his own money to win the primary.

Why doesn't the AP point out that Lieberman spent millions of lobbyist money to win this election? (anyone know the exact amount of lobbyist money Joe recieved?

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."--James Madison

erroneous info (0.00 / 0)
He didn't spend $16 million to "win the primary."  He spent that on the whole race (actually more, with the Journal Inquirer's updated report of figures).

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Argggh... (0.00 / 0)
Of course Greenwich millionaire could only win by outspending impoverished Joe Lieberman and distorting the good Senator's 18 years of service to the citizenry of Connecticut.

*rolls eyes*

On another note, if Lieberman raised $20 gazillion million and only spent $15 million what's he going to do with the windfall surplus?

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$2.5 million (0.00 / 0)
I read yesterday this is the amount that LIEberman has left. I believe it was on Firedoglake.

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Orman needs to open up theCFL campign finance books (0.00 / 0)
He should be the one officially in control of them now, yes? heh

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