U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman To Retire In 2012

The announcement is a surprise to state residents.

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U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman To Retire In 2012
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U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman To Retire In 2012

U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman announced on Wednesday that he’ll retire at the end of his term in 2012.  

Standing by his family,  the Senator told a packed room at Stamford’s Marriott Hotel that it was time to turn the page to a new chapter.  The reason, he said is best expressed in words from Ecclesiastes."To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. At the end of this term I will have served 24 years in the US Senate and 40 years in elective office."

Lieberman spoke of  his accomplishments and of his political values, which he described as patriotic service to country, support of civil rights, pro-growth economic policies and a strong national defense. " I’ve not always fit comfortably into conventional political boxes. Maybe you’ve noticed that....Democrat  Republican Liberal or Conservative... because I’ve always thought that  my first responsibility is not to serve a political party but to serve my consituents, my state and my country."

News of Lieberman’s announcement came as a surprise to many state residents. At the Athenian Diner in New Haven, 80 year old Albert  Corraro says the Senator’s independent ways are just what he’s always liked. "Joe Lieberman’s a great guy. Its too bad he’s going to retire. Because I’ve always thought highly of him. And I hope we get a replacement like him."

But Milford resident Vikram Ramgachari says he thinks Lieberman made the announcement because he knew he wouldn’t win another election. "I don’t think his policies suit the state of CT anymore. I mean its primarily a Democratic state. With all of what happened in ’08 with him becoming an Independent supporting the Republican convention and stuff I think most people from CT are pretty tired of him."

Lieberman, however,  appears not to have tired of public service.  He says he’ll spend the next two years working to bridge party lines and move the economy forward.. And then in 2013, he says he’ll look for to new opportunities to stay engaged in causes that he’s worked on throughout his career. 

For WNPR, I'm Diane Orson.