What we stand for:

The Connecticut for Lieberman Party (CFL) rejects the fraud perpetrated on the members of this party and the citizens of Connecticut by Joe Lieberman when he used the creation of this party to get on the general election ballot in 2006. The CFL is an independent, anti-war, anti-corruption, pro-fiscal responsibility, pro-democracy party, that stands for individual liberties and real problem-solving in government. The CFL wants everyone to know that in the United States of America, voters are free to join any party they wish, and participate in the democratic process according to the laws of Connecticut and the United States.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Statewide Party Caucus on Jan. 13, 2010

The Connecticut for Lieberman Party is holding the 2010 Statewide Party Caucus on Jan. 13, 2010 at 9 PM, at 86 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut. Elections of party officers and nominations of candidates for public office will be held.


Anderson Scooper said...

John, I was disappointed to hear you state on TV today that you will definitely be on the ballot
in November.

As you know, many of us think the best thing to do for the future of CFL would be to cross-endorse the Democratic candidate, particularly if it's an embattled Chris Dodd. Can we at least have a vote, or have you taken over this thing so completely that whatever you say goes?

Also, I think it's very much against the best interests of CFL for you to be seeking four ballot lines. (Green, Libertarian, Independent and CFL). In doing so you are lessening the party's chances of reaching the 1% threshold which we will need to have the ballot line against Joe Lieberman in 2012.

And where is the fun in CFL these days? The only thing funny is that you think you can run on the CFL ballot line and win! (except that you might cost us said ballot line for the real battle in 2012, and that you are currently helping elect a Republican to the United States Senate, even if you are too far gone to realize it.)

Everyone should be aware that I was one of the two co-founders of DumpJoe in January of 2005, and that I was one of the original six voting members of CFL in January of 2007.

Edward Anderson
New Haven, CT
andersonscooper at yahoo dot com

johnpauljustlikethepope said...

Ed might have a point about there being more clout in a cross-endorsement, but right now I think John M. has gotten some good press and deserves to be the party standard bearer. A January endorsement plus the ad buys for the health care spots will help put this party on the map in Connecticut.

John Kilian
Middletown, CT

cflpac said...

Hi Ed,

Welcome back to the CFL! We HAVE had a lot of fun since you left, and the party has grown a lot (we have over 100 members now, and our rate of growth has not slowed). And in the process, we have voted in real party rules that provide a process for electing officers and nominating candidates for public office. We ran five candidates for state rep in 2008, which forced the Secretary of the State's office to acknowledge our authority to run candidates.

All members of the party will be receiving notification of the statewide party caucus in the mail soon. Members can also vote by proxy, if the meeting time is inconvenient, according to party rules. We are the most democratic party in the state.

In regards to John Mertens' comments on Face the State: it is true that he does not yet have the endorsement of the CFL, but when one only has 7 minutes to talk on statewide television, there's not enough time to get into a lot of details. John has the support of the state central committee, and a majority of the members of the party, and we expect him to win the nomination at the meeting next month. His main point was that there will be three candidates on the ballot in 2010, not just a republican and a democrat.

Rest assured, the CFL is a progressive party, and will work very hard to educate the public about all the candidates' positions on the issues. We are not going to "help elect a Republican".

State Central Committee of the CFL
John Mertens
Tomoyo Wakamatsu
Karen Erlandsson
Paul Borucki
Ann Marie Krupski

Anderson Scooper said...

CFLPAC--(Whoever that is?)

1. Can you please tell me how running on four ballot lines is beneficial to the future of CFL? My understanding is that John Mertens wants to be the Green candidate, the Libertarian candidate, the CFL candidate, and the Independent candidate. Will that not lessen the chance of gaining the 1% threshold that is necessary for the ballot line to survive into 2012?

2. If 2010 is going to be a closely contested race, what advantage is there to having a third candidate on the ballot? Do you really think anyone will/would take a CT for Lieberman candidacy seriously? (the whole thing has meant to be a joke from day one.)

3. Whoever you are do you care if a Republican gets elected instead of a Democrat? Because that is such an enormous departure from the feelings of us who started this whole thing. (Lieberman would dig it if you guys proved spoiler, however.)

4. Why not wait until April or May to have the nominating convention? Obviously if Dodd were to retire in favor of Blumenthal, little of this matters. (except you do stand to blow the ballot line for 2012.)

These are my substantive issues, and I'd love to hear some substantive responses.