Lieberman Should Be Punished: Leahy
Dem wants McCain-backing independent stripped of committee chairmanship
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2008 4:10 PM CST
John McCain and Joe Lieberman.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Patrick Leahy thinks fellow Sen. Joe Lieberman, after campaigning for John McCain, should no longer occupy the chair of key committees, the Democrat told Vermont Public Radio today. The Connecticut independent currently caucuses with the Democrats, and chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees, the Hill notes. Lieberman went “beyond the pale,” Leahy said.

“I'm one who does not feel somebody should be rewarded with a major chairmanship after doing what he did,” Leahy said. “I thought they went way beyond the pale, that they were not fair, that they were not legitimate, that they perpetuated some of these horrible myths that were run about Sen. Obama.”