AP: Sen. Lieberman’s Party Taken Over By Critic

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The Connecticut for Lieberman Party, the minor political party created by Sen. Joe Lieberman for his successful independent bid for re-election, has been taken over by a longtime critic of the senator.

Fairfield University political science professor John Orman’s takeover has been recognized by Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.

Orman is the sole member of the party and filed paperwork with Bysiewicz’s office naming himself chairman. The state officials accepted Orman’s takeover and his bylaws which limit membership to critics of the senator and anyone named Lieberman.

“If someone wanted to challenge it, they’d have to go to court,” Ted Bromley, a state elections attorney for Bysiewicz’s office said Tuesday.

Lieberman formed the minor party in August after he lost the state’s Democratic primary to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont.

Lieberman went on to win the general election against Lamont and Republican Alan Schlesinger and earned a spot on the ballot for his newly formed party when his term expires in 2012.

Orman said he plans to use his position as party chairman to hold Lieberman accountable.

“It’s a watchdog, accountability party with a line guaranteed in the next Senate race,” Orman said Tuesday.

Lieberman’s former campaign manager Sherry Brown declined to comment specifically about Orman Tuesday in an e-mail to The Advocate newspaper.

“At this time, there are no plans considered for the party,” Brown wrote. “The election is over and the senator is focused on the upcoming Congress and his work for the people of Connecticut and the nation.”

Orman plans to hold a meeting later this month to bolster the party’s ranks.

“I’ll send an e-mail to critics, bloggers, opponents (of the senator’s) and maybe anyone named Lieberman,” Orman said.

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