Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has told Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) that he “can no longer attend Democrats’ weekly caucus lunches or the biweekly chairmen’s lunches used to formulate policy.” While Lieberman has been voluntarily skipping the lunches for weeks, the latest move “essentially formalizes a deal Reid and Lieberman had cut earlier this year under which Lieberman would not attend meetings that included discussions of sensitive campaign or political issues.”
“I think it’s probably wise for me and for my colleagues in the Democratic caucus to dine somewhere else for the next few weeks,” Lieberman said in an interview with The Hill.
,GovExec reports that Lieberman was “virtually shunned by other Democrats when he returned to the Senate Monday.”
,Reid spokesman Jim Manley is disputing the reports:
While it is no secret that the Democratic caucus is disappointed in Senator Lieberman’s attacks on Senator Obama, the irresponsible report that Senator Lieberman has been excluded from caucus meetings is completely untrue. Senator Lieberman has chosen to not attend Democratic caucus lunches, and that is his choice.