Sen. Joe Lieberman was elected in 2006 as an Independent, but he still caucuses with Democrats. He isnt likely to fare as well running as an Independent in a three-way contest in 2012.
And, of course, the tea party is always watching. While Connecticut does not have a strong local movement, the national Tea Party Express is already shaping a 2012 strategy, which could include a role in the Connecticut contest.
“We view [Lieberman] the same as any other candidate. We always are supportive of those who espouse our basic core values of lower taxes, less government intrusion, putting an end to deficit spending, etc.,” Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell said. “If Lieberman will strongly support those positions, then we would be happy to support him whether he runs as a Dem, Republican or Independent.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.