Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Former Republican Senator Weicker Unsurprisingly Supports Murphy

The prospect of a Republican victory in a U.S. Senate race brings out the worst in former Republican U.S. Senator Lowell Weicker (Maverick CT), famous for poisoning the well against members of his own party.

In his 1986 race against then U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, Roger Eddy went to Washington to secure the support of Mr. Weicker, who promised the Republican prospect he would support him a hundred percent.

Not only did Mr. Weicker do little or nothing to support the Eddy candidacy; on the eve of the general election Weicker gave his unstinting support to Dodd in radio releases days before people in Connecticut marched to the polls to vote in the general election.

This time Mr. Weicker, who served on the board of WWE, has some encouraging words for Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. Senate Chris Murphy.

"It's time for him to get on the move here," former Republican governor and U.S. senator Lowell P. Weicker Jr. of Old Lyme said this week. "I think Chris Murphy's been giving her a free pass and I don't think that's very smart."

Mr. Weicker was shown the door by brutalized Republicans in 1988 during his contest with then Attorney General Joe Lieberman.

Both Mr. Lieberman and former President Bill Clinton served as chairs of the moderate Democratic Leadership Council (DLC).
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