Lieberman’s Purger

Yesterday, after the Joe Lieberman campaign mounted accusation of a partisan purge by Ned Lamont supporters, Lamont’s campaign manager Tom Swan said he suspected that the person behind the effort to strip Lieberman of his registration as a Democrat was a peace activist named Henry Lowendorf.

This morning, Lowendorf confirmed in a phone interview that he is indeed leading the charge to kick Lieberman out of the party, and added that although he has volunteered for Lamont in the past “we did not seek their permission or tell them,” he said. “There is a report in the newspaper that the Lamont campaign opposes what we are doing,” he said. “Well that’s up to them.”

Lowendorf’s beef with Lieberman is that he is “splitting the Democratic party. He is attacking and has attacked people who support Lamont.”

Lowendorf argues that Lieberman is in clear violation of section 9-61 of the Connecticut electoral statutes: “Prima facie evidence supporting discretionary erasure or exclusion.”

(The statute in question is after the jump. Decide for yourselves)

–Jason Horowitz

Sec. 9-61. Prima facie evidence supporting discretionary erasure or exclusion. Enrollment in any other political party or organization, active affiliation with any other political party or organization, knowingly being a candidate at any primary or caucus of any other party or political organization, or being a candidate for office under the designation of another party or organization, within a period of two years prior to the date of the notice as provided in section 9-60 shall be prima facie evidence that any elector committing any such act is not affiliated with, or in good faith a member of, and does not intend to support the principles or candidates of the party upon the enrollment list of which his name appears or in which his application for enrollment is pending; and, upon reasonable proof of the commission of any one of such acts, the name of any such elector may be stricken or excluded from such list and such erasure or exclusion shall be effective for a period of two years from the date of any such act. The same procedure as to notice to appear thereon, return and hearing shall be followed as provided in section 9-60. If, after full hearing, such registrar and chairman or party member or such deputy registrar and chairman or party member, as the case may be, find that the name of any such elector has been wrongfully or improperly stricken or excluded from such list, such name shall be forthwith placed upon the enrollment list.

Lieberman’s Purger