Joe Lieberman Won't Run for Re-Election in 2012
Independent will make it official tomorrow
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2011 5:08 PM CST
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., speaks during a news conference in Washington last month.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – Joe Lieberman has decided not to run for re-election in 2012, a slew of media outlets are reporting. The Democrat-turned-independent will announce his plans tomorrow. A spokesman wouldn't confirm the decision to retire: "After many thoughtful conversations with family and friends over the last several months, Senator Lieberman made a decision about his future over the holidays which he plans to announce on Wednesday."

But everyone from the Huffington Post to the New York Times to the Washington Post are quoting Democratic sources as saying that Lieberman will not seek a fifth term. One big reason is that there's no guarantee that Lieberman, who lost the Democratic primary in 2006 only to win the general election as an independent, would win what promises to be a tough race. The hometown Hartford Courant isn't going quite as far as the other outlets, but it quotes an insider as saying "you can bet the farm" he won't run again.

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Jan 20, 2011 3:47 AM CST
Word is he going to open a Flip-Flop shop at the Beach.
Jan 19, 2011 8:44 PM CST
"thoughtful conversations" my eye. everything jumpin joe does is calculated and i'll bet my sox he is looking for another soft political job. I sure am glad he's leaving the Senate. I can only hope that more gutless wonders follow him out.
Jan 19, 2011 6:38 AM CST