White House talking to Lieberman about sponsoring DADT repeal

Don’t for a second think that pressure doesn’t matter. The White House now has its people talking about potential Senate sponsors for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” And, one of the names on the short list is Joe Lieberman. As we’ve come to expect, The Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld breaks the news:

Shortly after President Barack Obama pledged Saturday to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” during a speech to the Human Rights Campaign, the Administration’s highest-ranking LGBT official said the White House is speaking with certain senators about strategies for repealing the policy — specifically Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“On ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ this administration is talking directly to the Hill — we are in direct discussions with Senator Lieberman,” John Berry, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, told The Advocate.

A spokesperson for Senator Lieberman confirmed that the senator had been speaking to the White House about the bill.

“Senator Lieberman has had discussions with representatives of the Administration and others on the best way to reverse this policy which he has opposed since it was first proposed in 1993,” said Marshall Wittmann, Lieberman’s press secretary. Wittmann gave no further information on the senator’s plans regarding the legislation.

I’m no fan of Joe Lieberman. But, let’s see if he actually delivers on something real.

Just twelve days ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had to write to the White House to ask the President to get involved in the effort to repeal DADT.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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