Bush Refuses to Back GOP Candidate over Lieberman
Although the Republican Party is running a candidate to vy for the Connecticut U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Joe Lieberman, the GOP establishment is refusing to endorse him. Taegan Goddard reports, “White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said this morning that President Bush will not endorse Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Alan Schlesinger (R) over Sen. Joe Lieberman even though he’s the Republican nominee.” This follows a similar stance by RNC chair Ken Melmann last week.
Given Lieberman’s support on the war, at a time when supporters are scarce, Republican leaders would be reluctant to endorse a token nominee with zero chance of taking the seat. Given that Lieberman is scarcely leading a three-way race over virulent war opponet Ned Lamont, this is hardly surprising.