Lieberman: I'll Back Republicans in 2010

Sort-of Democrat says he'll 'call them as I see them'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 11:28 AM CDT
Sen. Joe Lieberman holds a field hearing Tuesday April 7, 2009 in Hartford, Conn. as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.   (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)

(Newser) – Joe Lieberman says he “probably will support some Republicans in 2010” and may not seek the Democratic nomination in his own 2012 reelection campaign. “I’m going to call them as I see them,” he tells ABC News, saying he’s weary of “partisan, passionate, hardcore” legislators on both sides of the aisle. “Sometimes, the better choice is somebody who's not a Democrat.”

He says it’s an “open question” whether he’ll run as a Democrat, because he finds being an independent liberating. “You're not tied to a particular inner group and feel that extra pressure to march in lockstep. I think that the public generally is fed up with all the partisanship, and us against them.” He says he will, however, support Chris Dodd in his home state.