Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), the man whose rich and varied political career has seen him become a one-time Democratic vice presidential nominee, a party apostate, and then a prodigal son of sorts, has now made it official -- announcing that he will retire from the Senate in 2012, after four terms in office.
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Lieberman began the announcement by thanking his wife Hadassah, and telling a joke. "I was thinking about a year into the Senate service, with all the back and forth travel, it's not easy on the spouses. And Hadassah said to me, 'Joey, how long are you gonna stay in the Senate?'
"And I said, 'Sweetie, I want to make a promise to you: I promise that when Regis leaves television, I'll leave the Senate. And here we are."
Lieberman's announcement follows yesterday's news that a high-profile Democrat, former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, was jumping into the race. The news was a clear sign that even though Lieberman had publicly mulled running again as a Democrat, there were a good number of state Dem politicians who were not willing to give him a free pass. And in addition, the polls showed that he would face a serious uphill climb in trying to win.