Word has it Lieberman will not run for Senate in 2012

Kevin Rennie’s posted news this afternoon indicating Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will not run for re-election in 2012. Earlier today, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz announced she would be running for the seat as a Democrat in 2012. Linda McMahon still may be in for the next round, and Peter Schiff is still interested. Still, it’s a stretch to think Connecticut would send a Republican to the Senate in 2012, but you never know…

From Rennie’s site this afternoon. (His site is currently getting slammed probably from the Hot Air link.)

United States Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) is expected to announce Wednesday that he will not seek a 5th term in 2012, Daily Ructions has learned.  Lieberman has invited supporters to an event at the Marriott hotel in Stamford Wednesday afternoon for his announcement.

Molly Ball and Manu Raju at Politico are also posting this afternoon.

“After many thoughtful conversations with family and friends over the last several months, Sen. Lieberman made a decision about his future over the holidays which he plans to announce on Wednesday,” said Erika Masonhall, a Lieberman spokeswoman who declined to comment further.

Lieberman is scheduled to speak at 12:30 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Stamford, Conn. Last month, he told MSNBC that if he ran, it would probably be as an independent.

Just today, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz announced she will be running for Connecticut’s seat in 2012.

The Hartford Courant also as a post up.

Amid growing speculation that he will not seek re-election in 2012, U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman’s office said Tuesday afternoon that the Democrat-turned-independent will announce his intentions in Stamford Wednesday.

“You can bet the farm” that Lieberman won’t seek a fifth term in 2012, said a Democratic insider who is close to the 22-year Senate veteran.  But neither Lieberman nor his Senate office would confirm that.

Allapundit at Hot Air notes…

That makes two Democratic retirements in the span of about six hours. Unlike Conrad’s, this one almost certainly won’t end with a GOP pick-up, but having Lieberman in the Senate for the next two years and more unconcerned than ever with pleasing progressives means he could end up flipping our way on some key votes. Joementum!

Sister Toldjah writes about some other Senate announcements already made or in the works.

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  1. Lynn on January 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Steve, I can't believe you wrote this post so well and so fast!! Please, please let's hope Susan the Scarecrow (remember no brain) gets the Democrat nominaion. It would be great if Leiberman WAS still running to split the Dems vote, but if not, Maybe, just maybe if the Tea Party and the Republicans unite…Well even if he drops out….I am just going to Believe for just a little while. A Republican Senator in Corrupticut. Sounds good. We just have to hurry and undo the damage Susan did to our election process….and it can happen.

  2. JollyRoger on January 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I wish you could trash a RDDB the way the left trashes anyone and everyone on the right, but all I can say is AMF to Joe and Suzie B.

  3. Force2 on January 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Sue is vulnerable on so many areas.  She didn't have sufficient legal knowledge to realize she wasn't qualified to run for Atty. General and cost the State all kinds of $$ running that one through courts, then the Bridgeport ballot fiasco, then the mysterious bags of ballots turning up.  She is best at self-promotion although, having never been a team player, she may not get the nomination.

  4. Brian on January 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Yeah I can't believe Susan Bridgeport Bysiewicz is running.

    Although, having just seen what happened in the current election cycle, it would not surprise me one bit, if the voting populous of Connecticut, Triples Down on STUPID and votes her in.

    Nothing in this state is Ever going to change for the better if we Keep Electing Morons!!!!

    Malloy should go to New Jersey and take notes.

  5. Law-AbidingCitizen on January 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    A self-imposed term-limit from a 22-year Senate veteran! Well, I've read it but, I still don't believe it; until Joe actually announces he is calling it quits, I won't believe it. He could always be called back for an encore by his conscience. Hey, he hasn't been a Republican yet!

    See if his fingers are crossed! Joe is addicted to the power just like the rest of our Senators and Representatives — how can he just quit? He can't!

    And, in this case, I would rather stay with the devil that I know than the the ones that I don't know but fear that I do. Think of it: Susan, dear lady, she really means well, poor dear. Linda: Is she going to try to buy a Senate seat again? That leaves us Peter. Maybe the (what?) third time is the charm?

    God help Connecticut. Diogenes is still seeking an honest person; perhaps there is hope.

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  6. Marilyn on January 19, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I have noticed that those retiring are the old style Democratics.  Frustration with the progressives isn't limited to Republicans.  I do hope Linda McMahon throws her hat back in.  By then the frustration with unempolyment, gov. take over of everything, etc. should spell Win!

  7. Lynn on January 19, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Reality has set in and my Pessimism has returned. President Obama has reinvented himself and will probably win the next election. Voters have incredibly short memories and the Liberal press will rewrite history for him. This means that He will have coattails, especially in CT. I pray that a Republican can win, but not with the election process we have. We will need to have policeman at every large city polling place in CT.

  8. weregettinghosed on January 19, 2011 at 6:30 am

    History repeats itself only when the people do not remember the lesson and the sacrifice; attentive citizens, well educated on the issues make new history. There is only failure when others give in to the opposition without a fight to the end; should true principles of freedom built by our creator energies us then there is no reason to give in, for freedom and our creator are worthy of our fight.

    Keep in your mind, and heart the smell of freedom, it shall guide us all to the winning line, leaving behind all that our unworthy of it.

    Lieberman stands strong on Israel, it is an ally we need both for our stand in the mid-east but also for our religious freedoms, it is not something we can lose, he knows it and his strong convictions will override political allies. There is more to this man than meets us, whatever he will do shall be directed by convictions and desire to do what he feels is right. His idealogy may just push him right into the Republican party, not likely but could, my assumption is he will do what is necessary to keep on the side of the winners.

  9. GdavidH on January 19, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I agree with Marylyn. The dem party is not what is used to be and that's why Joe had to run as an independant. I say he is the best of the worst, and as an independant myself, I believe he is the best that Ct. could ask for.

     After the last election, and all of its' significance, I am conviced there is no way to elect a republican in this state. It will take a couple more election cycles of progressive destruction, and perhaps total bunkruptcy in this state before the hardcore, old time, card carrying democrats figure out they have been co-opted.


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