As a Democrat (now former Democrat?), you ran against a challenger for Connecticut’s Senate seat. Your desire was to once again become the state’s Democratic nominee. Had you won the party’s nomination tonight, you would’ve expected your challenger, Ned Lamont, to fall in line with the party Democrats and support you as the Democratic Nominee. Time and time again in American politics, this has been the tradition — primary candidates who have lost their bid for the party’s nomination subsequently stand united with their party behind the duly-elected party nominee in the general election. Even George W. Bush and John McCain managed to shake hands and smile for the cameras after evidence of dirty push-polling tricks by the Bush campaign made the headlines. But that was so long ago. It’s a shame that politics has become so divisive these days that some candidates who have lost in their quest for their party’s nomination can no longer honor the rules of the game.
Your determination to now run as an independent clearly shows the world what we Democrats always knew about you — that as Democrats, we couldn’t count on you as a Democrat when the going got tough over the last several years. You call it cooperation, and ending the hostile nature of politics in Washington. Some would call it simple capitulation. How ironic it is then that by continuing your campaign for Senate in the face of the voters decision, you create the very hostile environment you claim you despise? Once again, you reveal that Democrats cannot count on you.
As Democrats, we needed you to stand up for us when financial corporations decided they wanted to make it tougher for those of us suffering from the weight of an unjust healthcare and local/federal taxation system to declare bankruptcy and gain a fresh start.
As Democrats, we needed you to step up to the plate and declare in the Terry Schiavo case that intimate and sometimes agonizing decisions that families have to deal with every day in this country regarding their most beloved have no place being decided in the House or Senate.
As Democrats, we needed you to stand up to those who would dismantle our Social Security system.
And as Democrats, we needed you to stand firm against a sitting president who would invade a sovereign nation and ignore the joint resolution of the `Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002,’ which clearly stated that military force would be used as “necessary and appropriate in order to – 1. defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and 2. enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.” Those conditions were not met, the UN inspectors were kicked out, and you supported (and continue to support) this administration’s cherry-picking of evidence to support a justification to send over a hundred thousand of our boys and girls to war, causing the death of over 2500 of them and the maiming and wounding of tens of thousands of others, not to mention the consequences on innocent Iraqi civilians.
As Democrats, we watched you fail to do any of these things, and those who paid for you to represent them in Washington tonight decided that you were not doing the job for which they paid. They elected to not renew your contract with Connecticut. This is the democratic process working. I urge you to respect the will of the voters and as a lifelong Democrat to support Connecticut’s legally-elected Democratic Nominee for Senator, Ned Lamont. This is your change to show Connecticut Democrats that you are a man of integrity and that you truly do not want to divide this country, let alone your home state. What a pleasant surprise it would be to see you at the “Show Of Unity” that State Democrats plan for 11am tomorrow morning in Connecticut. Will you be there and honor the will of Connecticut Democrats?