Sen. Joe Lieberman with his 2004 running mate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
Sen. Joe Lieberman endorsing 2008 Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
The National Jewish Democratic Council, and the Republican Jewish Committee both issued statements saluting the Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) who recently announced that he would not be seeking relection next year.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Sen. Kent Concrad (D-ND) have also announced that they will be retiring. According to the betting site InTrade, the Republicans have a 70% chance of taking control of the Senate in 2012.
“The National Jewish Democratic Council thanks Senator Joe Lieberman for his years of dedicated and loyal service to our country. He has stood out as a leader who always did what he believed was right, regardless of whether or not it was politically popular. We will always remember the important steps he took to break the glass ceiling for the Jewish community in public service, from his appearance in Washington as the first Orthodox Jewish Senator to his acceptance of our party’s Vice Presidential nomination in 2000. Lieberman has also been a vocal advocate for issues of importance to American Jews, including support for Israel and — especially in recent months — the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ We have appreciated his friendship and partnership on these and other key issues over the years. NJDC wishes Lieberman the best of luck in his future endeavors – his presence and voice in the Senate will be missed.”
“Senator Lieberman is a true mensch and a great American. He showed that it’s possible to have a successful political career while doing what you feel is right – even when what’s right is not what’s in your political best interests. Time and again, Senator Lieberman put principle over politics. He was a role model and a shining example of all that’s good and decent about public service.”
“He’s been called the last of the Scoop Jackson Democrats, but he is one of a kind and irreplaceable. We’ll dearly miss his friendship – and the leadership he showed through more than two decades in the Senate.”