Lieberman survives chairmanship scare


Campaigning for presidential candidate Sen. John McCain hasn’t cost Sen. Joe Lieberman his coveted chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced this morning that Lieberman will retain his chairmanship, ending months of speculation of whether the Democrats would punish Lieberman for backing McCain publicly. Connecticut’s Lieberman is registered as an independent, though he caucuses with the Democrats.

And it’s very clear that the vast majority of the Democratic Caucus wants to keep Sen. Lieberman as chairman of his committee, member of the Armed Services Committee, and that was done. It’s all over with,” Reid said after the caucus voted behind closed doors this morning.

Lieberman also thanked the caucus for its vote of support for him and called it an act of “reconciliation and not retribution.”


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