By ANDREW MIGA
WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen.Â Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee who angered the party by backing RepublicanÂ John McCain for president in 2008, will retire and not seek a fifth term, Democratic officials said Tuesday.
Word of Lieberman’s decision came just hours after North Dakota Sen.Â Kent Conrad, a Democrat, announced he would retire. Lieberman is an independent who usually votes with Democrats. Republican Sen.Â Richard Lugar ofÂ Indianaon Tuesday said he plans to seek a seventh term next year despite a challenge from tea party groups.
Lieberman’s seat could pose a pick-up opportunity for Democrats in a state whereÂ President Obama has been popular.
Democratic officials, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Tuesday that the independent who usually votes with Democrats would not run for re-election in 2012.
Top Democrats like Sen.Â Christopher Dodd and President Barack Obama who had supported Lieberman in the 2006 primary instead backed Democratic nomineeÂ Ned Lamont in the fall general election. Lieberman was disappointed that some old friends weren’t loyal to him.
In the years since, he aligned himself with Democrats in theÂ Senate, who permitted him to chair a committee in return. Yet in 2008 he supported McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, who put theÂ Connecticut lawmaker on his list of potential vice presidential running mates.
Lieberman’s decision to speak at the 2008 GOP presidential nominating convention angered Democrats, and the speech he gave contrasting Obama to McCain angered them more.
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