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Connecticut For Lieberman Gets New Chair

by: BranfordBoy

Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 14:42:53 PM EST


You're gonna love this.

John Orman, esrtwhile Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, has bolted the party and joined the Connecticut for Lieberman party. Then, since he is the only member of the party (he checked with the Secretary of State), he called a meeting of himself at which he was democratically elected to be the Chairman of the party.

His complete statement below the fold.

BranfordBoy :: Connecticut For Lieberman Gets New Chair
  Press Release  November 16,2006

Orman Elected New Chair of Connecticut for Lieberman  Party

  I called the Secretary of State?s Office in Connecticut to find out how many people joined the Connecticut for Lieberman Party and I was told that no one had joined, not even Senator Joe Lieberman. I went down to Trumbull town hall and changed my registration to the Connecticut for Lieberman Party.  Then I went home and called a meeting of  all the registered Connecticut for Lieberman members to reflect on our party?s victory in the U.S. Senate race with Senator Joseph Lieberman. Senator Lieberman did not attend the organizational meeting for Connecticut for Lieberman because he no longer wants to be labeled as a member of the party.
  In order for the CFL to keep the great ballot spot that Joe Lieberman earned for us, our party had to organize and submit rules to the Secretary of State of Connecticut. Senator Lieberman did not do this when he ran so there was work to be done like platform and rules.

Minutes from first organizational meeting of Connecticut for Lieberman, at John Orman?s house in Trumbull, November 15, 2006

  At the first meeting I nominated myself to be party chair for Connecticut for Lieberman. I seconded my own nomination and then I voted for myself.  I was selected unanimously as Chair of Connecticut for Lieberman on Novemeber 15,2006.

These new rules were adopted:
1. This party is open to every citizen who wants to keep Senator Joseph Lieberman accountable.  It is open to critics, opponents, bloggers and everyone else who will work to provide citizen oversight for Lieberman?s actions, words and deeds over the next six years.
2. The chair of the party shall be elected for a period of six years until Lieberman decides to run again.
3. Party history: This party was officially formed the day after Joe Lieberman was defeated in the August Democratic primary in 2006 by Ned Lamont.  Lieberman
Turned in the required signatures to go with his party organizing committee to declare their intent to form a new political party.  Senator Lieberman and his committee did not change their party registration so some suggested that Senator Lieberman may have used the CFL as a gimmick to run twice for the same Senate seat within three months. We who are members of the CFL do not care . 
4. We at CFL do care that Senator Lieberman is now turning his back on our party and wants to be called an ?Independent Democrat? even though he was not the nominee from the Democratic Party.  He was from our party, Connecticut for Lieberman and he should be identified that way.
5. Many citizens complained about our CFL and one citizen (me) asked the Secretary of State and the Elections Enforcement Commission to rule that the CFL was a fake political party contrived to allow Senator Lieberman to be a sore loser and to keep running after he lost. It was argued that Senator Lieberman had no intention of forming the CFL. State officials ruled that Connecticut for Lieberman was not a one man fake party and that it was legitimate.

New Connecticut for Lieberman Rules:

a. If you run under Connecticut for Lieberman, you must actually join our party.
b. The party will nominate people for office who have the last name of Lieberman and/or who are critics and opponents of  Senator Lieberman.
c. If any CFL candidate loses our party?s nomination in a primary, that candidate must bolt our party, form a new party and work to defeat our party endorsed candidate.
d. We in the CFL intend to run the same candidate for three different jobs at the same time, ie. House, Senate and Governor.

The meeting closed by observing that Senator Lieberman was threatening to caucus with the Republicans. One member said, ?How can he turn his back on the CFL? We got him to where he is today.?
  Another member asked ?What if state election officials rule post election that there is no such legal entity as Connecticut for Lieberman and that it is not a legitimate third party since Dr. Orman is the only registered member? What if they rule a party for one is not allowed in our state??  No chance of them going back on their previous rulings for Joe Lieberman, right.
  A member asked, ?What if election officials won?t let us run for three different jobs by one candidate at the same time because we would be making a mockery of the electoral system in Connecticut??  No chance of that happening either.

These are the new rules for my new political party that I am working to keep alive so it will not be some fake gimmick that Senator Lieberman used to get elected.  Thank you,

  Sincerely

    Dr. John Orman
  Chair, Connecticut for Lieberman

 

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Is this serious? (0.00 / 0)
If so, this is brilliant. Next time around, we can run candidates on both the C4L line and the Democratic Party line. Joe will be shut out!

"Inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen." -Al Gore

I LOVE THIS MAN!!!! (0.00 / 0)


Protect your rules! (0.00 / 0)
Doc needs to make sure he has rules in place that keep the Lieberthugs from taking back the party name: control who attends conventions, who nominates candidates, who can change the rules, etc.

The party line may be incredibly valuable in '12.  If Jo(k)e is still viable his line may be first on the ballot, since it's not a gubernatorial election.


This Is Hilarious (0.00 / 0)
I will be seeking the CFL endorsement if I ever run again!

Does CFL have a Presidential Candidate? (0.00 / 0)
I'd like to run for V.P. That's the best job in the world.

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

This is brilliant (0.00 / 0)
I really hope the good doctor actually did all of this, because if it's true then we have a real weapon to use against Lieberman.

Well, at least a fake weapon...

Disclosure: I'm proud to work for the Service Employees International Union


A fake weapon for a fake Democrat (0.00 / 0)
Brilliant!

Connecticut Bob

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I love it! (0.00 / 0)
I'd join, too, but I want to vote in the Presidential primary.

Any chance of them nominating Joe for President in 2008?


Brilliant! (0.00 / 0)
I'm almost ready to switch . . .

I believe that time wounds all heels. -John Lennon

Sore Winner Law (0.00 / 0)
I recommend that the party kick Joe Lieberman out of the CfL party, so that he is set adrift in the vast wasteland of unwanted and unloved traitors and party poopers.

I also recommend that the party nominate "Nobody for President" in 2008. (Hat tip to Art Hoppe, San Francisco Chronicle)

Nobody will lower taxes
Nobody will end the war
Nobody will enact universal health care

Which reminds me to post a diary on Art Hoppe

"I am not a Blogger...But I play one on the internet."


I nominate (3.00 / 1)
Prenzina Holloway to be the CFL candidate to run against John Larson in the 3rd CD. She has demonstrated the kind of experience and integrity for which all CFL candidates are known.

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

This absolutely made my day. (0.00 / 0)
What a hoot. 

CfL candidate for 118th A.D.? (0.00 / 0)
Now the real question is if CfL can find anyone to run for State Rep in the 118th Assembly district?  Someone that could crush the incumbent?

one-two punch (0.00 / 0)
A primary, backed up with a third-party challenge.

My sense is that the Connecticut for Lieberman party might need some more progressive representation before long... I don't think Orman is all that well represented by Joe Lieberman, somehow.


[ Parent ]
I know somone... (4.00 / 1)
...who joked last week that he would actually run, but only if he could run as the Connecticut for Lieberman party candidate. 

Someone who'd probably take his video camera everywhere and blog about it...hmmmmm....who could that be?


[ Parent ]
I'd donate to that campaign (0.00 / 0)
Heck, I'd phone bank!

[ Parent ]
Ready-made campaign team (0.00 / 0)
Seriously, if our blogger friend would run, he'd have a kick-ass ready-made campaign team here in the MLN community!

[ Parent ]
I'm on board (0.00 / 0)
Anyone doing oppo research yet?

[ Parent ]
I'll do Ops (0.00 / 0)
After never getting a reply from multiple inquiries about this from the Lamont campaign, including an email directly to David Sirota as a full time volunteer, I'd love to show them what Hillary's DLC people prevented Ned from doing.

[ Parent ]
You know what? (4.00 / 4)
I might actually take the plunge against J.A. if I can run under the CFL banner.

After all, didn't Jimmy support that other CFL candidate?

Connecticut Bob


[ Parent ]
DO IT BOB (0.00 / 0)
We'd be behind you all the way.

[ Parent ]
Go for it Bob (4.00 / 1)
Please, please, please do it Bob. They only way Amann would "crush you" is if he fell on you.

[ Parent ]
When's the convention????? (0.00 / 0)
Let's have the entire My Left Nutmeg caucus join the party and then have a convention.  Press releases, web site, and the whole shebang.  This could be a BLAST!!!!!

Only if... (0.00 / 0)
Only if they don't get on their DTC.

The CFL Party is well in hand. We need to reform the Democratic Party.

That being said, it would be fun to see a reinvigorated CFL, consisting of say a dozen people, get together in a bar and pass a resolution thowing Joe out for being a turncoat. At least ONE party in Conneticut would have some standards.


[ Parent ]
Good point (0.00 / 0)
I was thinking more like we could all have a mass switch to CFL, have a convention, and then switch back.  It would be a hoot.  As Orman points out, Lieberman has made a mockery of the whole concept of a party.  Why not join a party just to have a party and then switch back?

When I think of DTC's, of course, I have to wonder...how could it be okay for the CHAIR of a DTC to openly support the Connecticut for Lieberman candidate?  Why don't DTC's have bylaws that prohibit a member from openly supporting someone who is opposing the Democratic candidate?

On my Democratic committee in Virginia, a person's membership on the committee (whether a leadership position or just a precinct captain) was immediately terminated if the member was actively and openly supporting a candidate who opposed a Democratic candidate.  It would be okay, for instance, to support a Green party candidate if he/she was running against an otherwise unopposed Republican.  But if there was a Democratic candidate, a member would have to resign (or would have his/her membership terminated) if that member chose to work against a Democratic nominee. 

It only makes sense.  And I continue to be utterly baffled at how DTC's here don't have this in their bylaws.  (Do DTC's even have bylaws here?)


[ Parent ]
Virginia rules (0.00 / 0)
Maura, I came up in VA politics; the rules you describe were implemented by the Democratic Party when segregationist Harry Byrd left the party, and became the Senate's last Independent Democrat (IDiot).  The Byrd machine, made up of local and county Democratic chairs, required them to support the Senator.  Crippled and unable to organize itself with turncoats at the helm statewide, the Henry Howell (populist/liberal) faction that remained implemented these rules.

History repeats itself, or will do so if Connectictut DTCs act honestly.


[ Parent ]
IDiot - ha! (0.00 / 0)
Ah, that history makes perfect sense.  Seems like this is enough of a crisis to prompt Democratic party members like ourselves to implement similar rules in our local committees.

Otherwise, the entire concept of having a party at all is moot.  If a party can have a primary and choose a candidate, but then party organizations and party leaders openly support the LOSER of the primary, what's the point at all?

Those of you who are on DTC's...do you guys have bylaws?


[ Parent ]
My town's DTC rules has a censure clause for those who help other party's (0.00 / 0)
against the Democratic nominee, and members can be removed at the next DTC election, I think.

[ Parent ]
We Could Probably Figure Out A Way (0.00 / 0)
to do this and switch in time to vote in a Democratic Primary.

[ Parent ]
let's not and SAY we did... (0.00 / 0)
After all... isn't that what JOE did?

[ Parent ]
BBOY - Orman must send a press release to comedy central (0.00 / 0)
I called them about the joe2006 Bullmoose Blog link to try to get them to do a bit on it - it SO defines the notion that truth is stranger than fiction - and they told me that they only accept press releases as a means to convey story ideas.

So - I think that CFL should issue a press release!

And maybe a press release should be also sent to Tom Tomorrow...


Olberman (0.00 / 0)
He hates Jo(k)e.  Well, he doesn't repect him enough to hate him, so I guess he just loathes him.

[ Parent ]
50 state strategy! (n/t) (0.00 / 0)


Awesome. (0.00 / 0)
I say we work on 2008 RIGHT NOW.

T shirts anybody?  Online poster downloads???


[ Parent ]
I did a Kos diary (0.00 / 0)
http://www.dailykos....

and the comments are hysterical (and some darn good political ideas).


Hey Sue (0.00 / 0)
Are you on your local DTC?

I'm processing a bunch of old Lamont volunteer stuff and didn't know what town you were from before. (This is Matt from the Fairfield DTC office). Just curious if you could fill us in on the situation locally.


[ Parent ]
Are you the Matt (0.00 / 0)
I met in the Trumbull office (Farrell's guy?)

[ Parent ]
HAHAHA (0.00 / 0)
No. Ohhh, no.

I worked in the Commerce drive office up on the second floor. Lamont staffer. I'll write you off-site though.


[ Parent ]
I will be the chairman of the Norwich CTLTC! Awesome! n/t (0.00 / 0)


Dammit! I meant CFLTC. n/t (0.00 / 0)


[ Parent ]
street theatre - move over, Kiss Float (0.00 / 0)
I think there is an absolutely WON-derful way to keep the people of CT informed about the activities of Dear Leader. (LieberLeader, to insiders).

Why not have periodic CFL events that dramatize actual, real life events?  And of course send press releases and invite members of the press such as Spazeboy, CTBlogger, and CTBob, so that we may keep our party in the news and viable for 2008.

In this remarkable parallel universe, it may well be that party members bear striking resemblance to those on the other side of the Looking Glass in beltway land. But of course, these resemblances are coincidental, and any resemblance to real people is purely fictional -- did I get that quote right?  Oh, no matter.

If it works for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, why should we  waste our time gnashing our teeth about the facts when we can send press releases, make video clips of faux news (Look, the US government does it about the Iraq War and pays people for them, so why can't we?)?

I think this is a fine creative outlet for those who spend their time tracking the legislative activities and speechifying of our party's central figure.

Now, let's get on it, I say.  Do we need to turn this into a national effort, with press releases emanating from our decentralized locations, or should there be one alternate universe figure who regularly and reliably takes on the role of our Party of One?  And --- need we a website or parking location for the myriad press releases and creative efforts?

Inquiring Minds Want to Know...and we are fortunate to live very close to the Town of Michael Bloomberg, home of Aspiring Leftie Actors who might very much want the opportunity to participate in some of our party activities.

Checklist:  Do we have a logo?  Do we have letterhead?  Do we have a press list?  Are we having fun yet??


I agree (0.00 / 0)
flipping brilliant.

[ Parent ]
Endorse a slighted GOP Candidate (0.00 / 0)
I think CFL needs to pick the runner-up in the GOP presidential race in 2008 as their candidate for the presidential election. Say Brownback is the nominee - CFL should run McCain on their party line, splitting of GOP votes. Say McCain is the GOP choice, run Giuliani or Bloomberg, etc.

Who knows, maybe CFL can split off a couple thousand votes from the GOP candidate. If that candidate is a "moderate Republican"*, it could hurt the GOP's chances.

*I don't believe this creature actually exists on the national stage.

Disclosure: I'm proud to work for the Service Employees International Union


How about Christopher Shays? n/t (0.00 / 0)


[ Parent ]
I don't think any Repub candidate has been slighted more... (0.00 / 0)
...than Alan Schlesinger. He'd be a perfect 3rd party candidate (except that he really is a Republican at heart).

Connecticut Bob

[ Parent ]
Petition gatherers? (0.00 / 0)
One question: When Joe was petitioning he had a crew of 25-30 people responsible for getting the signatures collected. IIRC to collect signatures you have to be a resident of CT and be a member of the party you're collecting signatures for.

Am I right on this? Wouldn't that mean there are 20-30 other members of CFL out there? Seriously could pose an obstacle.

I think a handful of folks need to actually change their registration asap to allow CFL to reconvene and properly nominated John Orman as chair (ie people to second and call his nomination) and vote on rules.


Disclosure: I'm proud to work for the Service Employees International Union


I'm not sure about that... (0.00 / 0)
I asked the same question, and was told that was the rule for the "major" parties, which I took to understand meant Democratic and Republican parties.  It also took 15,000 signatures to force a Democratic primary, but I think only 7,500 sigs were needed to get on the general election ballot as an independent.

However, I'm not at all sure about Lieberman's party's signatures, or how it works.  And I've tried to find a list of the people collecting signatures, but only got dead ends.  I was assured by the Lamont campaign that the signatures were fully verified, but I got the feeling that they just wanted to avoid looking like they were nitpicking. 

There was something about the way they dismissed the subject that made me think they didn't really look into it.  I don't know if it's worth pursuing at this point, but it might make a good story if it can be proven that Joe's sigs were improperly collected.  I heard stories of signatures being collected at the Tribal Casinos, which isn't considered part of Connecticut and would void them; I don't know if anyone followed up on that.

There are definitely things about Lieberman's campaign that still need to be examined; not to mention the things we've already discussed.  I only wish I was able to track these things down full time.

Connecticut Bob


[ Parent ]
Susan B checked the signatures partially (0.00 / 0)
the S of S office checked until they had verified the requisite number of signatures to qualify.  There were more sigs/petitions, but they S o S did not see a need to keep counting and checking.

My guess is Lamont campaign was not really sure if Joe's indie run would backfire on its own and didn't know how people would respond to legal maneuvers - feared a backlash.

People on the inside will know if this hunch is correct or just more hot air from the sidelines (grin).


[ Parent ]
I wonder how she did it (0.00 / 0)
Did the SOTS actually contact the requisite 7500 signatores and see if they actually signed the petition, and if they did it in a legal manner? 

My gut instinct is they checked a few dozen like that, then counted the sheets until they hit 7500, and called it good.  What sort of accountability exists for verifying the sigs?

Maybe next time I talk to the Secretary I'll inquire about it.


Connecticut Bob


[ Parent ]
it was done town by town in each town (0.00 / 0)
as I recall - and they had to turn in their signatures to her.  Fuzzy memory.

However, I think you're right -- somebody here at MLN said that signature challenges are typical and routine, and I don't think I heard anything about the Lamont campaign pursuing that.


[ Parent ]
someone needs to check the back of the original application (0.00 / 0)
At the time JL did this, I read somewhere that there was a list of 25-30 names, and I believe Susan B or someone said they were on the back of some of the paperwork. This was a MLN discussion, and the question had to do with whether or not you needed to be a member of CFL to sign the petition - which by definition, you didn't.

If they don't have members, they have petitioners.

The other question I recall was something like whether you can form a party in name only for the purpose for running for office, and it is my recollection that Suan B indicated somehow that it was fair game. 

Should be in the archives here somewhere but maybe the people involved in the original discussion will remember and can locate the thread.


[ Parent ]
The CFL Movement Expands (4.00 / 1)
Mom, Dad, and I convened the first meeting of the Vernon CFLTC (Connecticut for Lieberman Town Committee) meeting tonight. By unanimous consent, the Kiss Float was named chairman. The minutes were subsequently submitted to the state party chair, Mr. John Orman.

Seriously though, what a great idea on Ormans part. Lets take this all the way and make Lieberman's life difficult.


Vernon CfLTC (4.00 / 1)
Adam, I'll be in touch soon about setting up our local Town Committee.  It looks like it will be you, your Mom and Dad, and me and my wife (if I can persuade her to change affiliation -- she's a hard-core yellow-dog).

[ Parent ]
Haha, awesome. (0.00 / 0)
I'm pretty sure I know who you are.

[ Parent ]
She should talk to Dad about changing affiliation . . . (lol) (0.00 / 0)
It can be very liberating! I can't wait for the first meeting.

I believe that time wounds all heels. -John Lennon

[ Parent ]
Awesome (0.00 / 0)
"America...fuck yeah!"

Disclosure: I'm proud to work for the Service Employees International Union

[ Parent ]
I love that video (0.00 / 0)
No matter who runs against this guy, be sure to give his opponent this clip.  I'm sure the "idiot" will be pleased to see it.  What a fucking jerk.

[ Parent ]
 
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