Today in an interview with the Hill, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) said that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) should be punished for his attacks on Barack Obama during the campaign season. “There need to be consequences, and they cannot be insignificant,” Carper said. More from the Hill:
Carper did not rule out stripping Lieberman of his coveted gavel running the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, or imposing other sanctions like taking away seniority on other committees or a subcommittee on Armed Services.
Carper said he and three other Senate Democrats have been making phone calls to “take the temperature of our caucus.” He said the purpose of the calls was not to lobby senators for any particular action for or against Lieberman, but “just to see where people’s hearts and their minds are.”
Carper said that “many of my colleagues … are very angry with his criticism of Sen. Obama,” but he would not say which sanctions he prefers.
When Lieberman ran for president in 2004, Carper served as his Delaware campaign chairman.