WASHINGTON IN BRIEF

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, who ran as an independent after losing the primary, celebrates his reelection with his wife, Hadassah.
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, who ran as an independent after losing the primary, celebrates his reelection with his wife, Hadassah. (By Robert F. Bukaty -- Associated Press)

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Lieberman Will Serve His Term as Democrat

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, who won reelection as an independent, will serve in the next Congress as a Democrat, not an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, his spokesman said Thursday.

With the Democratic takeover of the Senate, Lieberman is in line to become chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The three-term Connecticut lawmaker defied party leaders when he launched his independent bid after losing to Democrat Ned Lamont in the August primary. During the campaign, he vowed to be an "independent-minded Democrat" if reelected.

Miss. Lawmaker Seeks Apology From Rangel

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) owes Mississippi an apology, according to Rep. Charles W. "Chip" Pickering Jr. (R-Miss.), who asked whether insults are what Mississippians should expect when Democrats take over leadership in Congress.

Rangel, who is in line to become chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, told the New York Times this week: "Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?"

Pickering said, "I hope his remarks are not the kind of insults, slander and defamation that Mississippians will come to expect from the Democrat leadership in Washington, D.C."

Elbert Garcia, a Rangel spokesman in New York, sent the Associated Press a response from Rangel: "I certainly don't mean to offend anyone. I just love New York so much that I can't understand why everyone wouldn't want to live here."

-- From News Services


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