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Demanding action on the Lieberman censure resolution one DTC at a time

Monday, November 17, 2008
Time: 2:44 PM

Let this be a reminder on the importance of being politically active in your community and why speaking out at your local Democratic Town Committee meetings can make a difference.

Now that the elections are over, the members of State Central will be forced once again to address the proposed resolution to censure Joe Lieberman. As you know, the issue of slapping Joe on his wrist was tabled by State Central until after the November elections and one of the rationales behind this decision was to to give time for Democratic Town Committee across the state to discuss the matter.

As a Ned Lamont supporter who saw first-hand how reluctant State Central and most "stick with Joe" DTCs are when it comes to ANYTHING critical of our junior senator, I made it a case to make sure to attend my
local DTC's next meeting in Danbury and witness whether or not the Lieberman censure would be brought up for debate. On checking my DTC's website and seeing that the censure resolution was not on the agenda I did what every person who's fed up with Lieberman should do...made a photocopy of the resolution for every DTC member and request that they add the Lieberman item to their agenda and offer State Central an up or down vote on the proposal.

As I stated earlier, most DTC consists of several "stick with Joe" Democrats who supported Lieberman after the primary and my local DTC is no different (which is quite evident as you watch the footage). In the end, after much back and forth discussion between former supporters of Lieberman and people who wanted to take action, the committee to agree to approved an amended version of the resolution which was presented to State Central last week.

Although slightly different from the original proposal, the approved resolution gave several "stick with Joe" Democrats an opportunity to voice their disapproval with Lieberman. Being this matter to the committee also forced at least one other DTC to send a message to State Central in support of doing something about condoning Lieberman's actions during the presidential campaign.

Although this video of the debate is a bit long, I hope by watching it, more people will be encouraged to attend their local DTCs meetings before December and demand that they send chairwoman Nancy DiNardo and the members of State Central a message about censuring Lieberman once and for all.

Find the DTC in your area, tell them to address the Lieberman censure resolution, and demand an up or down vote on the proposal. While you're at it, spread the word about the online petition to censure Lieberman and get your friends to support the cause.

Remember, one person can make a difference!

(You can view a copy of the original resolution and modified resolution that was approved by the Danbury DTC below).

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