Lieberman Friend: "He's Out"
Senator expected to announce retirement
U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is expected by close friends to announce Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in 2012, ending one of the most eventful and unpredictable journeys in Connecticut politics.
Lieberman's staff today began inviting his shrinking circle of long-time supporters in Connecticut to a press conference to be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Stamford, the city where he grew up and returned to after living for 40 years in New Haven.
One friend said the call was cryptic, leaving the impression he was announcing his retirement. Another friend said he was explicitly told that Lieberman planned to retire after concluding that re-election as an independent was nearly impossible.
"He's out," the friend said.
No one knew why he would making the call now, leaving himself a lame duck for two full years in the Senate, where Lieberman has been a pivotal swing vote since his re-election as an independent in 2006.
"I don't know why so early," one friend said.