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CT for Lieberman ballot position is no nore

by: ctblogger

Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 17:29:37 PM EST


I'm sure John Orman would be proud of the way John Mertens selfishly hi-jacked and destroyed the CT for Lieberman Party.

Add the Connecticut for Lieberman party as one of the losers in last week's election: the party's candidate for U.S, Senate, John Mertens, apparently failed to get at least 1 percent of the vote, which would mean the loss of its guaranteed ballot line for the 2012 Senate election.

Lets see if Mertens will go out and get the 7,500 signatures needed to keep the CFL party on the ballot or will the assclown find another political party to hijack in order to stroke his bloated ego.


Here's Dr. Orman in his own words as to WHY he worked to keep the "Connecticut For Lieberman" Party alive...before Mertens decided to use it for his own purposes.

"This is an experiment in democracy. Nobody has ever taken over a fake party from an incumbent senator and tried to turn it into a mechanism for accountability."

- Dr. John Orman (@ 48:40 in the video)

To recap what happened, in 2006 Sen. Joe Lieberman (and it truly pains me that a dedicated public servant like Chris Dodd is forced to retire, while a political hack like Lieberman is free to enjoy the many tasty fruits of Senate life for at least two more years) was defeated by Ned Lamont in the senate primary, so he created a sham party called CFL and, while never actually becoming a member of that party, ran for reelection and won with the help of Connecticut Republicans, who abandoned their own nominated candidate in a massive show of non-support and voted for Lieberman.

Then, as soon as Lieberman won, he dropped the CFL party. Dr. John Orman, a political science professor at Fairfield U., saw an opportunity to take over the dormant party to use against Lieberman in 2012. So he registered as the very first member of CFL and held a convention, gained support from other Democratic activists who also registered as CFL, and he was appointed chairman. His intent was to keep the ballot line active until 2012, when he would use the line to embarrass Joe Lieberman. The way to keep the ballot line active was to cross-endorse a sure-win candidate and easily collect enough votes to exceed the threshold. Working Families Party does this every time with favored Democrats.

Shortly before he died, Dr. Orman transferred stewardship of the party to John Mertens, who was entrusted with the original intent of the newly hijacked party. What he did instead was steal the party that was rightfully pilfered by Dr. Orman, and used to fuel the Trinity professor's giant ego.

Because, let's face it, seeing your name on every ballot in the state (over 1 million of them) is a huge ego boost. And Professor Mertens let himself be seduced by that need to seek attention. For a while he was treated semi-seriously, like a real third party candidate. But every interview seemed to point out the sheer hopelessness of his run, while missing the importance of keeping the ballot line alive.

So now the results are in, and John Mertens blew it. He got about 1/2 of a percentage point, which means the party is officially dead.

Good work, douchebag.

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If he had an ounce of pride (0.00 / 0)
he would go out and get those signatures.

Good work, douchebag! (4.00 / 3)
From now on, whenever someone pulls a selfish move, especially regarding politics, it will be called a "mertens".

Used in a sentence, it goes like this:

"That egotistical assclown pulled a mertens!"

Connecticut Bob

I thought we already used "Lieberman" for that? (0.00 / 0)

[ Parent ]
Had he not been so full of himself... (0.00 / 0)
We could have had a lot of fun in the coming cycle....


I found this right after the election - Mertens did get the 1% (0.00 / 0)

November 05, 2010 - 04:03PM ET  
U.S. Senate - General  
Connecticut - 749 of 751 Precincts Reporting - 99%  
Name Party Votes Vote %
 Blumenthal , Richard  Dem  627,085  55%  
McMahon , Linda  GOP  493,158  43%  
Mosler , Warren  Ind  11,039  1%  
Mertens , John  CTL  6,730  1%  

Where did Lockhart get his info?

That's not *wrong* (0.00 / 0)
... it's just rounded up. 1% is just over 11,400 votes, so Mertens got about 0.6%.  

[ Parent ]
Also front paged on the CT Post today (0.00 / 0)
here -

(Initially was impressed thinking you saw it before I did in the Post @ 5:30 a.m). It must be big news to make both papers.

Oh, Lockhart got his info from the Secretary of State's office.

Unfortunately, Lockhart doesn't get it (4.00 / 2)
It's incorrect to add Mertens to the mix of people of originally took over the CFL party. Mertens was more interested in using the CFL Party to his own benefit.

Unlike Mertens, Orman or the original CFLers would never approved the actions of the teabaggers or think about running CFL as a real third party as that was never the intent of the party. Maybe Lockhart should had called Sue or John K. for a comment about Merten's selfish actions.

[ Parent ]
For the record (4.00 / 3)
AS founding vice-chair off CFL, I never approved of using CFL to promote Mr. Mertens ego. A simple cross-endorsement of Blumenthal would have assured us 1% of the vote, and would have been a great vehicle to mock Lieberman in 2012.

[ Parent ]
As original founding CFL Party Secretary, (4.00 / 2)
I second that.  

Any possibility the numbers are incomplete? (0.00 / 0)

Is there any possibility that the CFL vote was larger than reported but not fully itemized?  How do CT towns deal with small numbers of votes?  In NH, I have seen them grouped together and listed as scatter.

In other CFL news (4.00 / 1)
Seven State Rep candidates who either ran as CFL candidates or where cross endorsed as CFL, all got over 1% of the vote.

A master teacher at work (0.00 / 0)
 CT Bob asked, "Does anyone have a flag?" and  I had packed one (along with a plastic flower, some donuts and a tape recorder). People actually showed up to the first meeting.  We were legit.

Orman found that Lieberman had never joined the Connecticut for Lieberman party when it was formed. Orman went to the Trumbull Town Hall, signed on, went home and had his 2 cute doggies witness while he  nominated himself as chairman.

A master teacher would take this this could go to the max - with just a hope and a prayer, because they are master teachers.

Master teachers do the crazy, throw it to the wind, and it always works. Orman was a master. Trust is the key.

The CT Post wrote about it and mentioned Orman wanted the bloggers involved.  I read the article and wondered who this guy was. I then contacted my fellow nuts.

CT Bob got the conference room at HoJo, and provided the camera, as did Mbair5, I provided the do-nuts and Stuart Korchin's presence (how did that happen?) and  the ability to post stuff on DailyKos and MyLeftNutmeg (er, with capitals and periods). Jon Kantrowitz. provided the well-written political nerdy rules (thank goodness I never joined the Rules Committee - I was so over my head), and we were on a roll.

Lorenzo Sunflower provided the raison d'etre.

We hit the big time. Like really big. At one point, CFL had over a million Google hits.  Master teachers can do that.

And I always thought Orman was a nerd. I was right.  

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