Reid Is Ready to Settle Accounts
Disloyalty will be punished and it’s hard to claim that Lieberman has been loyal.
Reid, in a sternly worded statement after the 45-minute meeting, said no official decisions have been made. But an aide to the Nevada Democrat said Reid was leaning toward removing Lieberman as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were confidential.
“While I understand that Sen. Lieberman has voted with Democrats a majority of the time, his comments and actions have raised serious concerns among many in our caucus,” Reid said.
Bouncing Lieberman from his committee post would require the approval of the Democratic caucus, which is expected to meet this month.
“I want to spend some time in the next few days thinking about what Sen. Reid and I discussed what my options are at this point,” Lieberman said. “He promised me that he would do the same and we would continue these conversations.”
I assume he saw this coming, but it seems that he has very little with which to hold off his triumphant former-allies.