Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott says Senate Republicans should make a determined push to convince independent Democrat Joe Lieberman to join the GOP ranks.
“They should aggressively pursue him,” the Mississippi Republican told The Hill newspaper.
Sen. Lieberman bolted from the Democratic party in 2006 after losing the Connecticut primary to Ned Lamont, but he went on to win the general election running as an independent.
Since then he has caucused with the Democrats, but he is in danger of losing his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in retribution for endorsing Republican John McCain in this year’s presidential race.
Lieberman could cut his ties to the Democrats and either join the GOP or caucus with Senate Republicans, thereby narrowing the Democratic majority in the Senate and perhaps keeping the Democrats from attaining a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats, according to The Hill.
“If the Democrats take away his credentials or they take away his committee, why would he want to make them a majority?” Lott said.
Lott told the newspaper that Lieberman would be a plus for the GOP.
“We need different points of view and Joe would bring that,” he declared.
While acknowledging that Lieberman’s positions are “more liberal” than those of most Republicans, he added that the Republican Party “is not a totally homogeneous organization…
“I don’t agree with those who say you’ve got to be a total, pure Republican on every issue.”
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