After Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) spoke at the Republican National Convention this summer, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) expressed his frustration: “Everybody is just profoundly disappointed with what Joe did,” Dorgan said.
Today on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Dorgan whether he would vote on Tuesday to allow Lieberman remain chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. Dorgan said he was “concerned” and “upset” over Lieberman’s behavior during the campaign, and suggested that Lieberman’s actions were unacceptable for a committee chairman:
As a chairman of one of our significant committees in the Senate, not just going off and supporting a presidential candidate of the other side but also criticizing the candidate on our side, and also involving himself in a couple of senate races on the other side. The question is, is that acceptable? The answer is no.
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said the Republicans would embrace Lieberman into their caucus “with open arms” in an effort to boost the party’s Senate numbers. Kyl heralded Lieberman has “a great American” and said his party would “love to have him.” Dorgan emphasized that expelling Lieberman from the entire Democratic caucus is “not on the table;” the Tuesday vote will pertain only to his position as chairman.
So far, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are the only senators to have explicitly called for Lieberman to lose his chairmanship.
Check out ThinkProgress’s report, “Joe Lieberman: The Progressive Who Lost His Way.”